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Last month we, Two Cities Church, held an event called Your Move. At that event we talked about our strategy for creating an environment for a pre-school and nursery environment called Waumba Land. We also talked about our Guest Services Team and philosophy. If you’d like to know more about either of those environments, let me know. Here are a few pictures taken from some of our team via Instagram.

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It was a great event and we have another Your Move event on Sunday, August 18 at 6pm (2080 E. Tollhouse Rd., Clovis, Ca 93611). At this event we will talk about our strategy and environments for elementary aged kids, jr. high school, high school, adult groups and more. If you have questions, we’ll probably answer them here. RSVP on our Facebook event. We’ll see you there.

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Starbucks is the ultimate eavesdropping zone. A place where people pretend to read, work, sip on a cup-of-joe… but really, we’re all just listening in on everyone else’s conversations. Have you ever tried NOT to listen-in? I have and it’s difficult for a few reasons:

  • The bigger the drama, the louder they talk
  • The crazier the views, the louder they talk
  • The more secret the conversation, the louder they whisper

By the way, have you ever noticed that whispering often carries farther than talking normally? I think it’s because our ears have been finely tuned to hear sensitive, private, conversations. We hear a whisper and we lean in.

Well, if you’re a Christian, you (and I) probably speak even louder, without realizing it, about Christian stuff. We say things that stick out to everyone around us. In fact, it tips people off to who we are and what we’re all about. I find myself talking to people all the time in public places about church planting and why we’re starting Two Cities Church. And a lot of what I’m talking about probably sounds really odd to someone who is listening in… especially when I say things like, “Our vision is to create a church that unchurched people would love to attend.”

That probably sounds crazy to most people… I mean, isn’t church for church people? More on that here.

Think about it though, if you’re a Christian and you used words or phrases like, Worship, Blood of the Lamb, or Salvation… those are packed words, with a lot of meaning. But most people probably don’t immediately think the things you and I think when we say that stuff. Worship maybe conjures up images of ancient rome, idols or a modern rock concert. Blood of the Lamb… I mean, what? And Salvation… well, I can think of a few movies who have borrowed that term, one of them including a robot from the future.

We say things that make no sense to other people all the time…

What if we could create a church environment that, when using words that make no sense to a normal, non-Christian is explained? What if we could create an environment where we remove as much of the weirdness as possible so that people might hear the message of Jesus? What if we could remove the clutter to pave a way for Leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ?

That’s what we’re doing.

[Pssst… Be on the lookout for announcements concerning some preview services this fall. Sign up for our email list here. Like us on Facebook here.]

Meet Chris & Erika

April 16, 2013 — 2 Comments

About a month ago, we created a new micro-site to help show our friends, family, supporters and interested people WHO is involved with Two Cities Church. This site has had approx. curious 650 visitors within a three-week period. We will continually update the site as we shoot new videos. Here’s the second of many installments of #WeAreTwoCities.

Meet Chris and Erika Loach….

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Start Up Story

February 26, 2013 — Leave a comment

Last week I came across the story of Connexus Community Church‘s launch. Connexus is one of our partner in Canada and is a part of the North Point Strategic Partner network. It’s always encouraging to learn from those who have gone before you. Take a few minutes and check out their story here.

…and that’s how it should be.

Come help us create this kind of place in Fresno/Clovis, Ca.

Here’s a Secret…

October 27, 2012 — Leave a comment

 

There’s one Sunday every year that church leaders in Fresno and Clovis dread. They won’t tell you this, but I’m going to. It’s not a huge secret, but I’m going to tell you the reasons they dread it. It’s nothing scandalous, it’s actually for very practical reasons. It’s the day of the Two Cities Marathon. It just so happens that the Two Cities Marathon is on Sunday, Nov. 4th this year. And the hilarious thing is that Nov. 4th is the day we set our clocks back an hour… which always messes with church attendance as well.

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Church leaders secretly dread this day for a couple of reasons:

  • Some people don’t come to church that day because they’re running a marathon, including some church support staff
  • Some people don’t come to church that day because the race route makes it difficult for them to get to church on time
  • There are not very many visitors on that Sunday because of both of the reasons above
  • People will forget to set their clocks back and mess up their times 

Well, since you’re not sure if you’re going to church on that day anyways, I want to offer a solution to your dilemma.

  • If you are running in the marathon. Go run it. Guilt free. Then come to NEXT at Two Cities Church that evening at 6pm at First Baptist Clovis. Come hear about the vision and mission of Two Cities Church. It’s a different kind of church. You’ll just have to trust me on that for now, until you come hear about it yourself.
  • If you aren’t sure you’ll make it to church because of the race route… You can do two things: 1. Watch North Point Online in the morning (schedule below) and 2. Attend NEXT at Two Cities Church.
  • If you would’ve visited a church on that day. Come to NEXT at Two Cities Church that evening at 6pm at First Baptist Clovis.
  • If you forget to set your clock back, you’ve got enough time to get yourself re-oriented and come to NEXT at Two Cities Church.

I know it’s difficult for our community to visualize what it would look like to create a church that unchurched people would love to attend, so here’s an easy way… watch an example, online. Here at Two Cities Church, we are strategic partners with North Point Community Church in Atlanta, Ga. North Point creates irresistible environments for both the unchurched and churched in their community. We will do the same in our two cities.

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Sunday
6:00 am LIVE
9:00 am LIVE
11:00 am Rebroadcast
3:00 pm Rebroadcast
7:00 pm Rebroadcast
Wednesday
5:00 pm Rebroadcast

You might be a runner. You might be inconvenienced by a marathon. You might be interested in our vision and mission. You might be relationally connected to someone on our team. You might be curious. You might be in a place of discontent. You might be ready for a change. You might be ready to be a part of something different. Run, sleep in or watch North Point Online… then come hang out with us, guilt free.

Launch Group This Sunday

September 20, 2012 — Leave a comment

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Two Cities Church has a weekly gathering of people who are either a part of our launch team or are curious about what we’re doing. Launch Group is our pre-launch community group experience. We come together once a week to build vision, mission, values and a sense of family into our launch team. This is an open environment and anyone is welcome to attend.

Launch Groups meet on Sunday nights at 6pm unless we are hosting a NEXT event that day. [see the schedule here]

If you’d like more information about the Launch Group, you can find an invitation with the address here on Facebook.

NEXT is this Week

September 11, 2012 — Leave a comment

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At Two Cities Church we are entering into a season of weekly events. See my previous post about the calendar.

This week we are holding a vision gathering. It’s a great place to come hear the vision of the church without any commitment. If you’re curious, if you’d like to know more about what we’re doing and why we’re doing it, this is the perfect environment for you to come hang out with us.

Here’s how I worded it on our Facebook Event:
NEXT is an environment where people who are a part of our launch team as well as people who are interested in hearing more about the vision, mission and strategy of Two Cities Church gather. Our next NEXT will be Sunday, Sep 16 @ 6pm. (2080 E. Tollhouse, Clovis, Ca)

If you came to our last NEXT event, we invite you back and ask you to invite some friends!

RSVP HERE!

It’s Worth It. Pt. 2

August 28, 2012 — 1 Comment

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A few days ago I talked about a girl who I met in Starbucks and how she ultimately said, “If there was a church like that, I’d go.” And the “like that” she talked about was simple, a place that is authentic, not perfect and a place people who are not church people actually like when they experience.

I emailed her the next day and told her a little more and this is part of her response:

Thank You so much for the nice email…One thing you will know about me is I am not shy, and sometimes I don’t have a filter. LOL… I would love it if you add me to your email list. I went home that day and told my husband about the church and I look forward to going once its open. It would be a nice and fresh start. Please keep me posted… I will definitely check the Twitter out. If you need anything let me know.
I think that’s awesome.

 

Today I bought something from a guy on craigslist for my son’s 3rd birthday. I went to his home, which is deep-east-clovis… I mean, out there. Usually a craigslist transaction is a quick 2-5 minutes. We talked for 40. About life, hunting, homeownership, family, dogs, and church. He told me that his family occasionally goes to a church, but doesn’t really see a need for it. (irrelevant) He also told me that they once walked out of a known church because they couldn’t take the sermon. “It just hit [them] wrong.”

 

When I described to him that we are planting a church that unchurched people, regular people, would LOVE to attend… they’d actually enjoy it, he was intrigued. By the end I gave him my business card and he said, “We might just come to your church.”

 

I think that’s awesome.

 

There are so many unknowns to church-planting, but here’s a known. People who are far from God will come. People who are not currently growing in a relationship with Jesus Christ, will begin.

 

And I think…
It’s Worth It.

 

It’s worth it.

August 22, 2012 — 7 Comments

If you follow my blog at all, you know very well that I am the Lead Pastor and Church Planter of Two Cities Church.

The other day I was in a Starbucks with a friend. We were talking about life in general and a young woman chimed in from several seats away. She said, “Your conversation is way more interesting than what we’re talking about down here.” Then she moved two seats down and joined in on our conversation. Needless to say, she’s not shy.

As we talked about life and eventually talked about the church plant, she made it very clear that she was uncomfortable with the idea that she just started talking to a pastor. She grew up in a church where you needed to know all the secret handshakes and rituals to interact with a pastor. She’s had her unfair share of interactions with insincere church people. She has no desire to be connected to anyone who is fake or playing church. But she was looking for something authentic. By the end of the conversation she asked us to keep her updated on the church plant, exchanged business cards and went our separate ways.

She wants something real. Something relevant. Something unpretentious. A place that doesn’t pretend to be perfect. And something worth bringing her family to.

That’s why we’re planting this church. I’m coming into contact with more and more people who have similar thoughts and interests. People who are disconnected with church. People who have some sort of faith background, but nobody to process biblical principles with and apply them to their lives. Are there great churches in town? Yes. But the people I’m running into are not in them and all the studies I’ve read on growing the Church, say that the fastest way to grown the Church (the Kingdom of God) is to plant churches. So, there will always be a need for more churches.

The #1 question I get is, “Where do you meet?” I respond by telling them about the process of planting a church, in the way that we’re choosing to do it. It’s not quick. We’re building our Launch Team and asking them to participate in “The 4 Things.” Because we know something from watching other church plants, you need a good foundation in order to sustain a church. So we’re not holding every week services until we know we can sustain it.

The 4 Things Are:

  • Strategic Service: Serve in the church in some way
  • Community Groups: Get involved in a small group
  • Percentage Giving: Determine a percentage you will give financially and give consistently
  • Invest & Invite: Invest in the people around you and invite them along

We feel that if we have 80 people committed to “the 4 things”, $20,000 in monthly giving and $100,000 in the bank for start-up costs that we’ll be in a great position to launch and sustain Two Cities Church. So our team is giving now, starting our first Launch Group (small group) next month, holding monthly informational and connection events and praying like crazy. There’s about 20 people committed to the 4 Things right now and that’s a great start, but that’s just the beginning.

Help us build Two Cities Church and pray about joining our team… It’s worth it.

If you’d like to know more about Two Cities Church, let’s grab a cup of coffee… or you can come to our next event in September (date pending). Comment below for more information.