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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.

What’s NEXT?

July 14, 2012 — Leave a comment

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NEXT is a small gathering of people who are interested in hearing more about Two Cities Church or looking for a NEXT step to get more involved with the mission of Two Cities Church. We’re hosting a NEXT event this Friday, July 20, at 6:30pm. Click on the link to RSVP and for directions. RSVP quick because we’re capping it off at 40 people.

 

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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We’re doing a series called “4 Things: Simple Ways to Partner with Your Church.” Each week we’re taking a look at a different “thing.” Last weekend it was Strategic Service. Do you serve?