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Here’s a little peak into the music at New Vintage Church from today.

If this were in Fresno or Clovis, would you go?
Two Cities Church — coming soon.

FAQ: Two Cities Church
The Big Announcement 

After our BIG ANNOUNCEMNT Erica and I have both had some great conversations. From these conversations there have been several reoccurring questions that I can answer:

  • Q: What Church are you going to?
    A: We’re not going to a church, we’re starting a church. When you plant a church, you start from scratch. There is nothing there previously for you to build upon. It’s from the ground up.
  • Q: Do you have a building?
    A: For us to have a building as a church plant would make us “mortgage broke.” We won’t have regular Sunday services until we build up our core group and launch team. That means we need to get people involved in “The 4 Things” before we create Sunday meetings. Those things are Percentage Giving, Strategic Service, Invest & Invite Other People, and Community Groups.
  • Q: When do you move?
    A: Erica is due with our second child, a girl, on May 22nd. She could pop at any moment. We’re waiting to get through the delivery process and get a couple of weeks under our belt before moving our home.
  • Q: How will you be funded?
    A: We  have to raise the funds by finding people who will support the vision of Two Cities Church through one-time and regular giving. No amount is too small and no amount is too huge. There are no government grants (separation of Church and State). There is no parent organization that will give us large sums of cash.
  • Q: What denomination will you be?
    A: We’re not. Instead of being a denomination, we’ll opt into a couple of partnerships. There are two organizations we are currently in conversation with, North Point Ministries and Growing Healthy Churches.
  • Q: How will you make money to live?
    A:  You don’t go into ministry to be rich, but you still need to provide for your family. My job will consist of building Two Cities Church and social media consulting for other churches [check out my free eBook here]. Erica plans to work with MAG as a Virtual Executive Assistant, part-time, and she has another incredible opportunity that we aren’t prepared to release information about just yet.
  • Q: Do you have a place to life?
    A: Yes, someone has graciously offered us a home to live in very cheaply.
  • Q: Why Fresno/Clovis?
    A: Because we love specific people there and God keeps putting it in our hearts to be near and reach them.

You may have questions too. I’d love to talk. Once we move back I’ll be going to coffee with lots of people and sharing the vision for what we’re doing. But for now, let me leave you with this…

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big announcement.

May 6, 2012 — 16 Comments

Three and half years ago Erica and I moved to Santa Rosa, Ca with our little dog Cooper. We moved for a few reasons.

A picture we took while visiting San Francisco 6 months before we moved to Santa Rosa, Ca.

I was coming out of a difficult situation and wounded.

We knew we needed to get out of town [Fresno/Clovis] to rebuild.
I knew I needed to learn from someone [Andy] who was working in the North Point model.
We knew that one day we would plant a church.
We did not know where.
We did not know how long we would be at New Vintage Church.
We said, “We’ll give it two years.”
Three and half years later we’re making the jump.
We’ve seen incredible moments of life-change.
We’ve been inspired by the stories of people like Chloe, Dennis, Heather, Donna, Jessica, Laura, and Jerry (to name a few).
But the story to put us over the edge was Lori.

We are so grateful to being a part of a place like New Vintage, where people like Lori can come from a completely Atheist background, walk in our doors, find a relationship with Jesus and be completely changed by the power of the Holy Spirit.
It’s incredible.
But when we watched her baptism video, all we could think of were the people in Fresno/Clovis that we love.
And the question sparked in our minds… “Who is reaching the people we love in our hometown?”

Isaiah 6:8
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? ” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

I’ve heard it said that you plant a church “because you love people.”
Every time I’ve heard that, I’ve thought, “How can you love all people, unless your God?”
But now I understand that statement. It’s not just a general category of “people.”
It’s PEOPLE… as in specific NAMES.
And that’s why we’re planting Two Cities Church. [Facebook / Twitter]

So, Erica, Josiah, Baby Foster and myself are moving back to our hometown.
I realize there are probably tons of questions and I’ll be blogging about this adventure frequently.
Ask away.

P.S. Here’s a little post about when we moved to NVC and why.

 

 

Instagramin’

April 24, 2012 — Leave a comment

I’ve watched people play with Instragram for a couple of years now, but when Facebook bought it a couple of weeks ago… I decided it was time to jump on board and start testing it out. It’s great and here’s why:

  • You can take pictures and make them look awesome
  • The filters give you a variety of awesome to choose from
  • You can follow people, like and comment within the Instragram app
  • It integrates seamlessly with both Facebook and Twitter

So, why would you twitpic and not Instragram?
Make the switch. Do it today.

The picture above is one I took on Sunday @newvintagesoco.

Find more Social Media Tips in my free eBook.

 

I’m wrecked.

April 4, 2012 — Leave a comment

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I just previewed a baptism video that will air on this Friday at our Good Friday: Night of Worship. I’m wrecked.

I love seeing people go public with their faith! When they’re students… it’s even more awesome.

New Vintage People, are you coming? You need to. RSVP here.

Other Ministry People, are you seeing God move? Are you seeing life-change?
When’s the last time you baptized someone or led someone to Christ?
Be honest, are you methods worthy of your message?
In other words, are you doing everything you can do to create an environment where unchurched or dechurched people can come inside and experience something that compels them to come back again and again until one day they give their life to Jesus?
Are you winning?

If not, that’s a big discussion and I’d be willing to engage in it with you.

If yes, are you sharing with other churches and ministries your best practices? You should.

Welcome XP3 Peeps!

April 3, 2012 — Leave a comment

Today XP3 (xp3students.org) released my blog as a blog to watch. Thanks for the shout out!

The reason they chose my blog is because of a little eBook I released a couple of weeks ago called Social Media Tips for the Church. You can find it here. I’d be more than happy to consult with you on your social media strategy, just hit me up with a comment or email.

I wanted to provide some specific information for all my student ministry friends who are visiting my blog today and the days to follow. So here are some blogs from the past specifically about social media. Enjoy.

Here’s a quick correction to my by-line in the email. I was the Service Programming Director, until we hired my friend Paul. I oversee our Student Ministries Director, Chris. And my title today is Groups Director, Exec. Student Ministries Director and Web/Marketing Director. Just wanted to give credit, where credit is due.

Follow me on Twitter. @micahfoster @organineer @SMTips4Church

baptism video shoot

March 30, 2012 — Leave a comment

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One of my favorite things I get to be a part of at New Vintage Church is celebrating life-change through baptism. Today, I get to help 10 people tell their story on video for their upcoming baptisms. They get baptized in one week from today on Good Friday at our Night of Worship. I love hearing where people were before they knew Jesus, how they met him, what has happened since, who helped them along the way and I LOVE hearing them proclaim their faith publicly.

Get ready for another round of baptism videos to appear here on my blog.

Foursquare is a social media service that is geared specifically at location-based check-ins. Companies, stores and even churches can use Foursquare to engage a different audience. The reason I enjoy using it is because I can compete with other people on how many different kinds of check-ins you can get. I’m the “mayor” at a local park… or at least I was before I was “ousted” last Sunday by someone who’s check-in more. You can also unlock “specials” for specifics places. For example, my favorite deal is at the Santa Rosa Plaza Mall. Check-in at the mall and you get a free chocolate bar if you show the guests service attendant that you’ve unlocked the deal. And there’s no limit… you could go back every day and get a free candy bar. Free is fun!

On an average Sunday, New Vintage Church has a handful of people who check-in via Foursquare. It’s a small crowd of Foursquare users, but I’m about to start something that should engage more people through Foursquare. I’m running a “special” this weekend to see what happens. When you check in at New Vintage Church, you’ll be able to unlock a special for a free drink from our coffee bar. It’s a simple thing, but I bet I’ll get more engagement out of it.

What are you doing to engage people who walk in your doors? They come in and sit down, pull out their phone and don’t look up for 5 minutes. How are you reminding them of where they are by using the very screen they’re looking down at?

For more tips on social media and the church, check out my free eBook called “Social Media Tips for the Church.”

Ok, so again… Apple has not created some sort of iPhone billboard, but the lock-screen can serve the same purpose. Usually, my lock-screen has a photo of my awesome son. But today, I’ve switched it up. Here’s what my screen looks like right now:

The thought here is that people constantly check their phones for the time and if you can use that as a billboard… well, then awesome. It can be to promote something coming up, remind them of something you’ve just talked about or even be a conversation starter with other people.

Here’s the image that I loaded onto my phone and created the lock-screen-shot with.

You can create your own. The dimensions are 640 x 960.

Fore more tips on Social Media and the Church, download my free eBook.