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Ho Hey Sample Clip

December 4, 2013 — Leave a comment

At Two Cities we play popular music at the start of our services for the purpose of creating common ground with everyone in the room. Here’s a sample of that music from our second service that took place on Nov 17, 2013.

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Two Cities Glimpse Media

November 27, 2013 — Leave a comment

On Nov 17 we had our second service, a glimpse, at Two Cities Church.
We have two events in December coming up.
Check out this Instagram videos and pictures from different people on our Launch Team depicting what went down at the service.
Click here to see videos from Oct 13.

















Also read: What Happened Yesterday? to see what happened at our second glimpse of Two Cities Church.

Q&A: Two Cities Church

November 14, 2013 — Leave a comment

q-and-a

I get questions about Two Cities Church all the time and I know that if one person is asking it, there’s probably at least a few more thinking it. So, here are some of the things that people ask all the time.

Where will you meet? Where do you meet?
When people asked me this, I used to not have an answer, but now I do. We currently meet at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District Building in Old Town Clovis. 808 4th St., Clovis Ca., 93612.

Will it be loud? Is it loud?
Perfectly loud. If you feel like it’s too loud or not loud enough, you’re probably sitting in the wrong seat for your preference. You can find the seat that sounds the best to you. I’m sure of it.

When will you Launch?
First off, we define “Launch” by having every week services. We plan to be every week by October 2014. It could happen faster, but that’s our target date. So that begs the question, “Why so long?” We will be a self-sustaining church. We want to be able to pay our bills and we want to help the people becoming involved to understand what we’re doing. So our volunteer staff have undergone a ton of training in the culture we’re trying to create. It takes time to birth a church. It’s not instant. It’s labor intensive. Right now we are once-a-month. We hope to hire a Service Programming Director after the new year, that all depends on giving trends, and once we hire that person, we’ll go every 3 weeks. When finances and volunteer numbers allow we’ll go to every other week. Then, finally, every week.

What do you have for my kids?
Waumba Land (Birth-PreK) meets during our main service. It’s awesome, you just have to see it to believe it. We have plans to implement UpStreet (K-6th) as cash and volunteer numbers allow. Right now we have the ability to handle students (7-12 grades) in Student Impact. Student Impact is where students serve, mostly in our Birth-PreK environment called Waumba Land. However, in the future we will have Transit (7-8 grades) and Inside Out (9-12 grades) for students.

I’ve noticed you have something called Launch Groups. What’s the difference between Launch Groups and a Community/Small Group?
Launch Groups are small groups (8-18 people) that meet in homes during the week. During this Pre Launch phase we’ve decided to call them Launch Groups because we spend a lot of time digging into things that are core to what we’re doing at Two Cities Church. We go over our vision, mission and values by watching sermons by Andy Stanley and then talking about them. These are hand-picked messages that we feel are relevant to the lives of the people in our community and church. It’s a no-pressure environment.

Community Groups will be something we launch after we Launch the church. Community Groups are meant to build small communities within the church. A place that no-matter how big the church may get is a place where somebody knows your name and you find accountability, belonging and care. It’s a place to study the Bible and learn to how live out the principles of Jesus.

Who is involved?
An ever-increasing group of people who can’t stand the thought of people they know and love living without a relationship with Jesus. Find out about those people here WeAreTwoCities.com. #WeAreTwoCities

Is this a “youth church”?
I’m not even sure how to respond to this, because I don’t really have a mental category for a “youth church.” What is a church without a variety of ages? Basically, we’re a church for people of all ages, although we have a target range, we target that range because we believe it’s the demographic that is least likely to have interest or time in church… but if they do come, they’ll bring their whole family with them.

What’s your target (age)?
35-year-old Male, married with kids

I know, that sounds crazy specific, but we truly believe that a man in this age holds the keys to his whole family. Of course we’ll appeal to more than that but in a time when we’re trying to make a strategic decision and we’re having trouble making the call, we’ll ask which option a “35-year-old man who is married with kids” would gravitate towards and benefit from the most.

Will you serve communion every week?
No. I grew up in a tradition that celebrates communion every single week and that’s great. You’ve got to understand though, when you’re creating a church that unchurched people (people with no real context for what communion is) it is a strange thing to do in front of them every week. Think of the questions that may arise as someone on stage announces that we’re about to eat the body of Jesus and drink his blood. “Uhhhhhh… what, what, now?!” It also gets a little stale when it’s an every week routine. So we’ve made a strategic decision to reserve communion for special events like Night of Worship

How will you serve the community?
A community typically needs four things to be served well. Great organizations who specialize in the greatest needs, volunteers to serve at those organizations, clothing and food to stock the shelves of those great organizations, and money to run those great organizations. Two Cities Church recognizes our responsibility to help with these needs. Right now we are focusing on building the core of the church and making sure we are self-sustaining. But we have plans to be involved with great local organizations to serve our community. We’ll call it INTERSECT and we’ll choose some local organizations we believe accomplish a part of the mission of Jesus in our community and resource them with goods, volunteers and cash. 1 Timothy 6:17-19 #BeRich

WHAT ARE YOUR QUESTIONS? Comment below and you might just get an answer.

May 2012 Two Cities Church FAQ

On Sunday, October 13, 2013 we held our very first service. You can’t redo the first one. The first one will always be the first one. It’s kind of a big deal. And I am very pleased with how well it went. Here are some things I’d like to share from that day:

  • A volunteer’s daughter has been hesitant to attend a children’s environment anywhere, and was hesitant starting out at our service, but by the end she loved it. Someone overheard her ask if she could come back.
  • A one year old made it through the service in the nursery, that has never been away from his parents before! This may seem small, but to his parents this was HUGE. I know that with consistent faces in the nursery, he will continue to do well.
  • Another 2 year old was able to go home and retell the entire story of Joseph in great detail. We may have a future Bible Storyteller!
  • My son (4) prayed the night before “for all of the kids God would bring to Waumba Land.” These kids are being impacted by building this ministry!
  • Several people went to the Connections table after service and asked for big stacks of invites for the November 17 service.
  • We had 130 people in attendance!
  • Many people wrote on the response cards. We had people say they want to know more about what it means to have a relationship with Jesus, one person wrote they want to know more about baptism, and several people signed up for launch groups.
  • As a result we have two baptisms scheduled in Novemeber! We will share their stories via video online.
  • We bought a used portable church system from Church on Wheels and everything worked great!
  • We had a new couple come serve all day with us setting up Waumba Land and driving the trailer. They were excited, and said they will continue to come serve and be a part.
  • Several people came who we didn’t expect and came to various people on our team with great feedback. Several of these people heard about TCC through social media.
  • We saw posts and videos posted on social media with positive comments about people’s experience. See sampling here: http://www.micahfoster.net/2013/10/packthevet-video-roundup/
  • Some of the people at our preview have now joined a launch group and are becoming increasingly involved and we are developing relationships with more of them.
  • People who came to “support” us, said they’d return with guests

Were you there?
What was your experience?
Please let me know!

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