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 2020 ERC Church Plants!

 

  • §  Pennsylvania:

Turning Point: Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Providence Lampeter: meeting at Lancaster Country Day School, Lampeter, Pa.

Visionpointe: Manchester, Pa.

Exponentialchurch.tv: Harrisburg, Pa.

Solid Rock Church: Osceola Mills, Pa.

New Horizons: Manheim, Pa.

Treasures of Heaven: Denver, Pa.

Mosaic Ministries: Lancaster, Pa.

Reality Church: Robertsdale, Pa.

  • §  North Carolina

REC Church: Wake Forest, Nc.

Lumen Church: Chapel Hill, Nc.

Orchard Church movement: Asheville, Nc., Atlanta, Ga., and Greensboro, Nc.

Last Days World Harvest: Raleigh, Nc. and Hillsborough, Nc.

The Transformation Church: Zebulon, Nc.

  • §  South Carolina

Epic Church: Bluffton, Sc.

Aqua Viva Church: Bluffton, Sc.

  • §  Latino:

Columbia, Pa., Middletown, Pa., York, Pa.: Caleb and Christina Acosta

  • §  Liberian (affiliated):

New Beginning International Ministries: Oakland, Ca., Columbus, Oh.

Church of Christ: Bristol, Pa.

 

Book and Blog List
  • How to Multiply Your Church: The Most Effective Way to Grow God's Kingdom
    How to Multiply Your Church: The Most Effective Way to Grow God's Kingdom
    by Ralph Moore
  • Starting a New Church: The Church Planter's Guide to Success
    Starting a New Church: The Church Planter's Guide to Success
    by Ralph Moore
  • Launch: Starting a New Church from Scratch
    Launch: Starting a New Church from Scratch
    by Nelson Searcy; Kerrick Thomas
  • Starting New Churches on Purpose
    Starting New Churches on Purpose
    by Ron Sylvia
  • Planting Fast-Growing Churches
    Planting Fast-Growing Churches
    by Stephen Gray

                                                                                          

  • Church Planting Landmines
    Church Planting Landmines
    by Tom Nebel & Gary Rohrmayer
  • Church Planting from the Ground Up
    Church Planting from the Ground Up
    College Press Publishing Company
  • In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day
    In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day
    by Mark Batterson
  • Sticky Church [STICKY CHURCH]
    Sticky Church [STICKY CHURCH]
    Zondervan
  • Spin-Off Churches: How One Church Successfully Plants Another
    Spin-Off Churches: How One Church Successfully Plants Another
    by Rodney Harrison, Tom Cheyney, Don Overstreet
  • Full Disclosure
    Full Disclosure
    by Stephen Gray and Barry Smith
  • Parent Church Landmines
    Parent Church Landmines
    by Ben Ingebretson and Tom Nebel
  • Viral Churches: Helping Church Planters Become Movement Makers (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series)
    Viral Churches: Helping Church Planters Become Movement Makers (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series)
    by Ed Stetzer, Warren Bird
  • Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity
    Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity
    by Mark Batterson
  • The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears
    The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears
    by Mark Batterson
  • It: How Churches and Leaders Can Get It and Keep It
    It: How Churches and Leaders Can Get It and Keep It
    by Craig Groeschel
Entries by the Month

God is busy and doing amazing things!

How can we keep track of everything God is doing!  2012 promises to be a record year for the 2020 Initiative.  5 projects already approved, 2 more planters being assessed in the next couple of weeks, and another 6 possible projects in the pipeline!  Where?  How about Raleigh, Erie, Lancaster, Boston, Mechanicsburg, Hanover, Elmira, and possibly York, Reading, and Lebanon . . . and more to come!  Yes, God is busy!

Another Raleigh video - good overview of God's vision for the Raleigh/South East church multiplication movement!

Thanks again Aaron - good job in capturing the "God Stories" of Raleigh!

 

2020 Raleigh Southeast Vision Overview from Chuck Frank on Vimeo.

 

God at work in Raleigh, North Carolina: Videos in!

God is doing amazing things with the 2020 Raleigh/South East Initiative!  Presently, there's four possible projects underway, planters being assessed and trained, and . . . Hey, how about hearing it from them!  Here's the beginning of the Raleigh story!   And thanks to videographer Aaron Schwindt for some fantastic videos!

2020 Raleigh Church Planter Victor Glover from Chuck Frank on Vimeo.

2020 Raleigh Boot Camp from Chuck Frank on Vimeo.

 

2020 Raleigh Church Planter Kennard Weever from Chuck Frank on Vimeo.

One reason I love being connected with a denomination and larger faith community: World mission!

Alright, I'm not going to break out the denominational "pom poms," however when I was first contemplating following my call into church planting, one of the questions I wrestled with was: go independent or connect with a "covering"/denomination.  For me, I felt strongly the NT "connection" of churches spoke to me as God's leading to come under "the authority" and community of a denomination.

So I first started planting with the Brethren in Christ church, before moving over to the Churches of God General Conference as Church Planting Director.  I haven't regretted my decision.  Some of the benefits are obvious:

  • great sense of "community" with hundreds of other churches, pastors, and people
  • immediate building of relationships with other planters and pastors
  • fantastic spirit of partnering and supporting each other
  • seeing God provide through other churches and pastors who understand that young church plants are just like babies: they need nurture, care, and help from others
  • experiencing the NT sense that we really are "better together."
  • being part of something "beyond local."  In this case, definitely feeling a sense of being "glocal!" (global/local)

I could go on and on.  But that last point was really driven home by this praise from Don Dennison and our Cross Cultural Missions Department - which heads up our international missions.  Don reports:

"From our 2011 ministry reports: Bangladesh added 25 new churches in 2011. They now have 158 churches with total membership of 7,217. We praise God for His working there as well as in all areas of our ministry. We now have approximately 250 churches overseas. Those churches reported a total of 1,034 baptisms in 2011."

Don reminds me that I'm part of something much larger: the worldwide movement of God!  Just another great reason to be connected!

Yes, I've been hibernating . . .

Okay, sorry the blog's suffered through a rather mild winter so far.  But guess what?  God is up to amazing things!  Keep checking back . . . seriously . . . I'll try not to hibernate again . . . and watch for the latest pics from some of our brand new 2020 church plants!

The New Year is always a good time to reflect.  So here's just a glimpse of what God's been up to in the ERC's 2020 Initiative, since it began in 2009: 

  • in 2009 the “2020 Initiative” of a multiplication church planting movement came to life!
  • in 2010 we had 4 planting projects get off the ground . . . with more on the way!
  • in 2011 one of those plantings – ExponentialChurch.tv - had more than 140 faith decisions!
  • in 2011 we had 4 more planting projects get started with at least 8 others in process for 2012!
  • in 2011 we started our own internal planter assessment process, saving us more than $16,000!
  • in 2011 we saw God expanding our mission field to Raleigh, NC, with 3-5 projects in the works!
  • in 2011 we adopted a new church plant in Hilton Head, SC – Resurrection Church - with the dream of it being a multiplication center for our expansion into the Southeast!
  • In 2011 we trained 3 more interns in our Planting internship program for a total of 7 future leaders being equipped and trained since beginning our Enkindle internship project in 2009!
  • in 2011 we approved funding for our first-ever Latino ministry center – to train Latino pastors!
  • in 2011 our first-ever Planting Field Directors - Mike Smith and Justin Meier – continued to expand our church planting ministries in New England and throughout our local churches!
  • in 2011 we continued to see generous financial giving to church planting as our Plant A Church Sunday and Church Planting Dinners provided more than a record $20,000 to help fund planting!
  • in 2011 we had the privilege of honoring Jim Moss with our first-ever “Apostle Paul” award, and Hanover and Chambersburg FCOG’s as our first-ever “Legacy churches!”

In 2012 we continue to expect God’s plans to far surpass ours (Eph. 3:20), with the start of our own church planting Boot Camp training program, a new media campaign that will tell the “2020 church planting stories,” and the development of a new major “Legacy giving” campaign that will help us to continue to follow God’s vision of a church planting multiplication movement!

Oh, and now God is up to something in . . . well, check back and see!

November CPLF sessions in Nashville (Part 6): Alan Hirsch  

Back with Alan Hirsch:

"We are perfectly designed to accomplish everything we are currently achieving."

4 Levels of the church in Scripture:

  • local
  • city
  • region/global
  • symbolic-invisible church - "we"

the systems we have been perfectly designed by pastors and teachers - a great didactic system

his new book is "Faith of Leap":

  • we've become risk-averse
    • we're at our worse when we're most comfortable
      • take people on missions trips
    • John Kotter: lack of urgency most hinders change
  • we've got to learn from failure
    • Thomas Edison discovered 800 ways not to make a lightbulb

some identifying characteristics of the church:

  • Jesus
    • Cole: if you can define the church without Jesus, you can do church without Jesus

Q&A with Neil Cole and Alan Hirsch:

strong challenges to our present-day "professional clergy" form of doing ministry

great movements in the past, not led by professional clergy, experienced explosive multiplication:

  • Methodist/Great Awakening
  • China with and after Mao - to present day

organic house church planting most likely is done best without funding and paying the planter . . . although with future growth this may change

Stetzer: after 4 years, 1/3 of churches (not house churches) are 3c (self-sustaining, self-governing, self-propagating), 1/3 are struggling, and 1/3 have died

Cole: you don't need an assessment process if you develop disciples that make disciples and release them to plant

Thanks Ed, Bob, Alan, and Neil for a great conference!

November CPLF sessions in Nashville (Part 5): Neil Cole 

CPLF church planting conference in Nashville: 

Second session with Neil Cole:

Dependency kills movementum

  • connect people immediately to Christ: immediate obedience
    • we tend to make information through us/pastor the first step to disciple-making

structure never produces life (it is important though)

movementum grows from micro to macro:

  • start with 2-3 people (most important - gives DNA) - LTG (Life Transformation Groups)
  • then 12-15 disciples (great for care and family, poor for leadership) - Simple church
  • 25-75 (best size for equipping) - GH: Regional leadership equipping
  • 120-150 (12-15 churches) - this is your tribe/people you are closest too (the maximum amount of people that you will invite yourself to sit at their table when seeing in public - Dunbar Study) - a simple church network
  • 300-500 (the best size to cast a vision to and see them spread it): special gathering/conference
  • unlimited multitudes - books, websites, and publications

***leadership team is best done with a group of 4-7

Jesus modeled this:

  • Jesus sent out in pairs
  • Jesus had a leadership of team of 4-5
  • Jesus had a group of 12 disciples
  • Jesus had the 70 to send out
  • Jesus had 120 left
  • Jesus appeared to 500
  • Jesus did miracles in the multitudes

 Accountability in place (sample questions):

  • Has your thought-life been pleasing to God?
  • Have you given into an addiction this week?
  • Have you viewed pornographic materials and entertained lurid thoughts?
  • How have you treated your neighbor?
  • Have you been biblical in your financial dealings and exchanges?
  • How have you treated your spouse?  kids? co-workers?
  • What do you need to confess?

Another challenging question: Does the Bible teach it, or is a tradition of man we've passed on?

Movementum starts with an Apostolic foundation:

5-fold gifts: Ephesians 4: APEST:  AP = Start/Go; EST: Stay/Grow

  • A: I can do this
  • P: I hear God
  • E: I love people
  • S: Everyone's important
  • T: I hunger for truth

Others will confirm these gifts in you - many times as you've been knowingly or unknowingly functiioning in them

"Ideal" scenario (but never going to happen): Apostles and Prophets should go and start churches, and raise up Evangelists, Shepherds, and Teachers . . . and then go and take other Apostles and Prophets with them and go and start more churches.

Apostles are the architects of wineskins - prophets are focused on the wine.  When they work well together it is incredibly powerful.  However, they can easily conflict too.

Don't operate from positional authority.  Operate from relational and spiritual authority.

Cole's caution: a lot of house churches are starting with "disgruntled" Christians - and they'll never grow, or last very long.

November CPLF sessions in Nashville (Part 4): Neil Cole

Day 2 of our CPLF sessions in Nashville.  Starting off the morning with Neil Cole:

Neil Cole:

the power to multiply is found in the heart!

started planting orgnanically practicallky by accident

went to coffee shops: drank coffee, joined in, and listened

one of the problems in ministry today: pastors not being trained to listen

"only multiplication provides movementuum!"

The first thing God said in Genesis: go and multiply!

unfortunately our current capacity in ministry is set up for arithmetic

church multiplication is NEVER:

  • gathering and assimulating Christians from other churches to form new ones
  • church planting without multiple generations (planting daughter, granddaughter, great granddaughter, etc. churches) - multiplication happens with a minimum of 4 generations (2 Tim. 2:2)
  • a centralized leadership development system that starts many churches
  • a big, fast start (it starts slow and small)

Movementum is most vulnerable at the beginning:

  • seduction of addition in early stages
  • corrupted DNA in the Disciples
  • driven by poor motivation
  • human dependency issues
  • a lack of apostolic/prophetic foundation

 DNA: Divine Truth, Nurturing Relationships, Apostolic Mission

DNA should be the driving life-force within every cell in the body = a disciple in relation to others!:GET DNA IN YOUR DISCIPLES, NOT YOUR CHURCHES

 all churches are organic - not just house churches

"there's lot of house churches that are 'honey, I shrunk the church!'"

"if you can't reproduce disciples, you'll never reproduce leaders.  if you can't reproduce leaders, you'll never reproduce churches.  if you can't reproduce churches, you'll never see movementuum."

our churches do not need a church transition, but a church transfusion:

  • develop a "skunkworks" operation on the side
  • pour yourself into the healthy ones
  • let the rest go as usual
  • provide blocking for new stuff
  • don't expect everyone to join the cause
  • don't try to force people to be motivated . . . run with those who will run

"Don't plant churches, plant Jesus!" 

What kills movements are leaders who are insecure - we must be willing to give everything away

November CPLF sessions in Nashville (Part 3): Alan Hirsch

The evening session featuring Alan Hirsch:

writer of many great books including: Forgotten Ways

One of the primary responsibilities of a leader is to define reality

talking about APEST = Apostle, prophet, evangelist, shepherd, teacher

teaching from Ephesians 4:1-16:

  • vs. 1-6 = Unity
  • vs. 7-11 = APEST
  • vs. 12-16 = Maturity

aren't verses 1-6 and 12-16 for today and all time?  then how would we limit vs. 7-11 to a specific time (not today) and usually with the APE roles not being recognized in many churches?

  • Jesus' ministry exhibited the "5-fold" form of ministry
  • notice, it's for all the people of God - not just leaders
  • it's functional, rather than used as a title (which can lead to problems with power)

-beginning of explosive missionary/planting movements typically start with APE's leading the way. . . declining churches usually only have ST's leading them

"Missio" (latin) comes from "apostolic" (greek)

"Apostle" means to be sent, plants churches, and (through their letters) creates networks

"Prophet" hears from God, and is more concerned with God than anything (uber urgent and sometimes an irritant)

 "Evangelist" communicates Good News, and recruits to a cause

"Shepherd/pastors" loves community and creates connectivity

"Teacher" brings wisdom and understanding (no urgency)

APEST implications for church planting:

  • all are called for the 5-fold ministries - not just leaders
  • leaders are called within the 5-fold ministries
    • need pathways to leadership
  • the 5-fold ministries are necessary for a healthy church
  • typically APE's disturb equilibrium
  • from "in church" to outside, the order would be T/S (inside)  E (doorway) P (some distance out)  A  (out reaching others)

 Logan: APE's have much more of an outward focus

November CPLF sessions in Nashville (Part 2) 

 Ed Stetzer, Alan Hirsch, and Bob Logan:  

More from Bob Logan: continuing on his theme: Love God, Love Others, Make Disciples

in the NT: the outgrowth/result of disciple-making was starting a church

Referencing Hugh Halter: (in this order) Engage culture, form communities, establish and multiply churches

all different types of churches: decentralized (Cole), monthly gathering, weekly gathering (cell celebration)

Multiplication:

 Ferguson model:

  • I do, you watch. We talk.
  • I do, you help. We talk.
  • You do, I help. We talk.
  • You do, I watch. We talk.
  • You do.  Someone else watches.

What is the path/process to moving to incarnational living and planting?

Leave people in the parking lot if that's where they want to stay.  Who wants to be forced to go where they don't want to go.

Orientation shouldn't be the whole picture - just the "what they need to know now" session

Implementing:

  • Journey One: Incarnational living
  • Journey Two: Make disciples
  • Journey Three: Multiply leaders
  • Journey Four: Multiply churches
    • DNA of the church is found in the Gospels - incarnational living and disciple-making
    • the chances of a church planting a church after the third year is practically nil - churches become institutionalized in years 4-7
  • Journey Five: Multiply movements

Planters and pastors should spend 7-10 hours a week working on ways to help their people become more healthy and disciple-makers

Planting organizations should spend a day a week working with/thinking through ways they can develop a more organic/incarnational/disciple-making eco system

Bob Logan: "We should be helping people live like Jesus, become like Jesus, and help make disciples that . . . "

November CPLF sessions in Nashville (Part 1): Bob Logan

Our second CPLF meeting of the year in Nashville - a gathering of the church planting organizations in this country.  Tremendous presenters are here: Neil Cole, Alan Hirsch, Ed Stetzer, and the grandfather of American church planting: Bob Logan. 

Here's the continuing notes:

Bob Logan:

changes in church planting over the last couple of decades:

  • the advent (and tension) of attractional and incarnation planting strategies
  • movement from rational to experiential culture

sacrificial service - transformation - authentic relationship (loop around in circular form):

TO: Love God, Love others, and make disciples

  • funding moving towards a bi-vocational strategy:

a true planting explosion is going to happen through bi-vocational, lay-driven planting

Hugh Halter: (Lessons from the crucible of experience): planting missionally by making disciples

Bob Logan:  Jesus starts the church, and our job is to make disciples

  • recruiting - developing
    • we should develop our own planters from our own disciples (who weren't Christians)
  • from developing leaders and being disciple-makers

What do we need to focus?

  • We need to focus on farm systems
    • developing the next planters, who don't even know Jesus now
      • 90% will not be trained through a formal educational process
      • leadership, not money is our limiting factor
  • We need to focus on transforming communities
  • We need to focus on the poor
    • (Read The Barefoot Church)
  • We need a new scorecard
    • much more than just numbers of people, and $ of giving

How do we - organized planting structures/organizations - do this?

  • repent for not being committed to making disciples
  • re-read the Gospels for what God wants and what breaks God's heart
  • pray about who to invest in and start pilot projects - realizing you may not see tangible results for several years

Hugh Halter: has not seen a sustained, productive house church movement in America

***attractional churches can live out incarnational strategy through their small groups - who will intentionally decide to live incarnationally (although this is hard for them to do).

Bob Logan: evangelize, and start discipling before you launch - during pre-natal stage - and multiply these groups.

Vision starts at the top!

I'm thrilled to be part of a faith community/tribe - the Churches of God, General Conference - that has a vision for a church multiplication movement. Our Executive Director - Ed Rosenberry - has been casting this vision from "on high" the last couple of years and hopes to see our denomination of 320 churches double in the next few years!  http://www.sent2multiply.com/

Here's an exerpt of Ed casting vision to our local churches about planting and multiplying. 

Two weekends ago we drove to the Latrobe area to celebrate the first anniversary of the Underground Church with Pastor Jeff and Sherri Keys and the congregation. This church plant is a daughter of our Latrobe First congregation, who supported the vision for the plant and without whom the plant would not exist today. Latrobe is about 40 miles southeast of Pittsburgh and possesses a population of about 9,000 with another 60,000 in the greater area. I share these numbers because I’m convinced any community or area with a solid population base like Latrobe could and should have multiple CGGC congregations of all kinds (Old First, maybe Old Second, storefront assemblies, suburban school house plants, city missions, house churches, marketplace gatherings, etc.).

Thanks Ed for leading us forward into building God's Kingdom outward and upward!

Highlights from the Vault Conference

5 of us from ERC church planting are out in Las Vegas attending the Vault Conference - being led by Vince Antonucci, John Burke, and Will Mancini

http://vaultconference.com/

The conference is being held at Vince's Verve Church in Las Vegas.  Like Vince's church, the conference is for church planters wanting to plant a church for people who don't like church.  Here's some pics and highlights:

 

 

 

Antonucci on lost people:

  • 8 million less people going to church in this country than 30 years ago!
  • no county in the country growing in church attendance

Mancini on vision:

  • in 10 words or less: why is your church unique?  (this is why God wants you to plant)
  • vision leaking is more important than vision casting - i.e, have it leak through you all the time
  • The Vision Frame: What are you doing?  Why are you doing it? How are you going to do it?  When are you successful?  Where is God taking you?

Burke on creating a "Come as you are" culture:

  • "If your churches aren't looking messy, then there's a problem":
    • 1 out of 3 women have had an abortion
    • 1 out of 4 women have been sexually abused
    • 1 out of 5 people struggle with substance abuse
    • 1 out of 2 people live together before marriage
    • 1 out of 2 marriages fail
  • *create a grace-giving culture (Rom. 7:15, 8:1)
  • "Come as you are but don't stay that way!"
  • Missiion of Gateway: Love God, love people, build character, and be the Body!

John Burke talks about the keys to starting new initiatives

These 10 lessons I’ve learned have been how God has changed lives that in turn impacted a neighborhood, and now influence a city and the world.

1. People Matter Enough to be Reminded
2. Never Waste a Gathering
3. Tell Stories to Shape Values
4. Connect Others Constantly
5. Don’t Be Afraid to Have a Big “Ask”
6. Serve Well Together
7. Be Generous with Praise and Encouragement
8. Ask, “Who’s Next, What’s Next?”
9. If Your Un-churched Friends and Neighbors are not Becoming the Church, You’re Ineffective
10. Don’t Do This Without God

Find out more insights into these "top 10" here:

https://www.elichurchplanting.com/2011/10/10-lessons-from-john/?utm_source=planteremailoct&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=planteremailoct

 

A glimpse at our 5 year old Higher Hope church plant!

Congrats to planter/pastor Mike Schooley and the Higher Hope Church family in Horseheads/Elmira NY, who are celebrating their 5th birthday this Sunday!  Way to go everyone!

 

 

Here's their latest E-news, that will give you a glimpse at all God is doing!

 HIGHER HOPE CHURCH

"LEADING PEOPLE TO ABUNDANT LIFE IN JESUS CHRIST"

This past week we celebrated 5 years as a church.  I wish I could tell you the whole journey of the last 5 years.  It’s more than I could ever share in an email. There have been some incredible Highs and some very frustrating lows… But God has been good throughout the history of Higher Hope.

 Our goal has always been “To lead people to abundant life in Jesus Christ”. Over the last 5 years we have seen God work in our church as people have committed their lives to Jesus Christ and have grown in their faith. 

 There is a lot we could celebrate.  The many lives that were transformed, the difference we have made in the community, the many people who serve in different ways, the number of baptisms we have been able to celebrate, the way the youth ministry has grown, seeing our children excited about going to church, experiencing incredible worship with the worship team, celebrating Christmas eve at the barn, and the many other special worship services we have had.  We have had some incredible events as well.  Free movie nights, chicken barbecue’s, block parties, Amazing Races, Ice skating as a church, and so much more. We have seen the church grow from a few families to what it is today.  

 It’s a great journey!  I can’t wait to see where God takes us next.  My hope is that we will continue to work at “Leading people to abundant life in Jesus Christ.”

 We have a bunch of small groups starting in the fall.  Please pray about these small groups.  And if you are interested in being part of one please email me.

 THINGS THAT ARE COMING UP:

IMPACT 365

PACKING BACK PACKS – This Wednesday from 4 – 5:30 pm at the Southern Tier Food bank we will be taking time to pack back packs for kids who need food over the weekend. Feel free to meet us there to start packing these backpacks.

CHICK CHAT

We're reintroducing this no pressure, "girls hanging out for no reason other than to chat" (the thing girls do best!) ministry at Higher Hope. REALLY! No agenda. Just girls gathering on a Friday night at Panera with a beverage of choice, getting to know one another. The first Chick Chat will be on September 30 at 6:30. Can't wait to see you! 

MEN’S BREAKFAST

All men are invited to come to the Old country buffet on Saturday at 8 am for a MEN’S BREAKFAST.  We would love to have you join us for a great time to share and eat.  

 LADIES BOOK CLUB

Thursday, October 6th, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, the Ladies will be discussing their next book from the book club at Panera.  “Life in Spite of Me” by Kristen Jane Anderson! Hope to see you there! 

 CHILD DEDICATION

This fall we are planning a child dedication where we pray for and ask God’s blessing on your kids.  It is also where parents can commit themselves to raise their children in a way that would please God.  If you have never had your child dedicated and would like to this fall please let Pastor Mike know.  It will be a special time for you and for your child.

 APPLE PICKING @ REISINGER’S

This Sunday we want to invite you to Reisinger’s Apple Farm for a casual time of picking apples, catching up, and enjoying a fall afternoon together.  We will meet at the farm in Watkins Glen at 4 pm and spend a couple hours together.  Anyone is invited; feel free to bring a friend or a family with you.

HIGHER HOPE SMALL GROUPS

 

MEN’S MINISTRY SMALL GROUPS

MEN’S FRATERNITY: WINNING AT HOME AND AT WORK

Tuesday's, 6:00 - 7:30 AM (earlier if needed)

For most men happiness and satisfaction in life are locked up in two words - Work & Home. These areas absorb most of a man's time, talent, energy, effort, and creativity. The good life that our Lord has created for us relates to winning in both these areas. Community Wesleyan Church, Grand Central Ave, Horseheads

 MEN’S BREAKFAST

8 am on the First Saturday of every month.

On the first Saturday of every month at Old Country Buffet. Have a good breakfast, get to know other guys at the church and their story, and grow in your faith. Next Breakfast is Saturday October 1st.

 MEN’S DISCIPLESHP

Tuesday or Friday morning

A great way to grow in your faith, is to study together. As iron sharpens iron so one man sharpens another. On Tuesday or Friday mornings we have a few guys meet to grow in their faith, and challenge each other. Starts first week in October.

 WOMENS MINISTRY SMALL GROUPS

A Modern Girl's Guide to Bible Study:

Meeting on Monday nights at 6:30.

Author Jen Hatmaker introduces a refreshing way to learn and laugh while forming a deeper relationship with God's Word. This book will make you laugh out loud as it transforms the academic nature of personal Bible study into a fresh format that will radically change the way you interact with Scripture.

 Crash Course on the Bible

Meeting on Tuesday nights at 6:30.

God's Word can be an overwhelming and daunting book when you first begin reading it. This course will help you become more comfortable, knowledgeable, and interested in the Bible. We will explore what we need to know about the Bible story, and how God wants us to use his story to change our lives.

 Captivating

Meeting Wednesday mornings at 9:30 and online

This groundbreaking book shows readers the glorious design of women before the fall, describes how the feminine heart can be restored, and casts a vision for the power, freedom, and beauty of a woman released to be all she was meant to be.

 Heart and Hands

A once a monthly ministry where women can kick back, form friendships, build faith, and serve the community while working together on a project. This group will meet on Friday mornings at 9:30 and Friday evenings at 6:30. Choose one or both to attend. The project will be the same.

 Chick Chat

We're reintroducing this no pressure, "girls hanging out for no reason other than to chat" (the thing we girls do best!) ministry. REALLY! No agenda. Just girls gathering on a Friday night at Panera with a beverage of choice, getting to know one another. The first Chick Chat will be on September 30 at 6:30.

 Journeys

Sometimes life throws us a curveball. Sometimes we have questions about faith. Sometimes we need someone who's walked in the shoes of motherhood, marriage, career.... All of us could use a friend during those times. Journeys is a ministry where women walk with women through seasons of life experiences. If you'd like to be paired with a woman in our church in a caring and supportive relationship, please contact Donna Henry or email higherhopegirls@gmail.com.

 Sacred Influence

If you're sick of all the ways you've tried to bring about change in your marriage---the silent treatment, nagging, one-way discussions, or pleading---it's time to set aside those broken methods for a Christ-based approach. This book demonstrates how women can inspire, influence, and help their husbands move in positive directions. Replacing your plan of action with God's leads to a marital transformation where both partners are moving in sync, the way God intended. Meeting Friday mornings (2nd and 4th) from 9:15-11:15. Childcare is available.

OTHER SMALL GROUPS:

COUPLES SMALL GROUPS

Meets every Wednesday night.

Do you want to get together with other couples who understand what you are going through? Do you want to grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ. Then think about being part of this small group.

 MARRIAGE MATTERS

Meets Thursday nights at 6 pm

Would you like a fresh breeze to blow in your marriage? Do you long for a marriage where intimacy and communication are a reality instead of a dream? We will examine God's design for marriage, with practical instruction to help you make your marriage what God desires it to be.

 REAL WORLD PARENTS

Meeting Tuesday night for 6 weeks.

Culture expert and veteran youth pastor, Mark Matlock, will help you become a proactive parent when it comes to the faith of your children. Rather than trying to raise kids who are “good Christians,” you’ll find the tools to help you live out a faith that allows your children to see what it means to live as a Christian. As a result, your kids will learn about real faith by living it out with you. Starting October 4th.

SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY

OLD TESTAMENT STUDY –

Meets Every Wednesday night at 6:30 pm.

What is the OLD TESTAMENT all about. Most of the time we just skip over it or ignore it. But the Old Testament is the foundation of the New Testament. Come get acquainted with what the first 5 books of the Bible are all about. Starting September 28th.

UPCOMING EVENTS

*Friday – CHICK CHAT

*Saturday -Men’s breakfast – 8 am @ Old country buffet

*Saturday- FLAG FOOTBALL – 9:30 am @ Maple Shade park

*Sunday – FAMILY APPLE PICKING @ Reisingers in Watkins Glen – come enjoy an afternoon out – (If we have good weather)

*September and October – Small Groups will be starting up again!

PRAYER REQUESTS

*Pray for Lynn June – as she waits for surgery

*Pray for Andy Hughson – who has a blood clot in his leg

*Pray for our HIGHER HOPE CHURCH – pray for the direction of our church, the Fall as we prepare for what God wants to do here, and pray that God uses Higher Hope to impact our community.

*Pray for the Leadership team at Higher Hope that God will guide them to go in the right direction.

*Pray for the people you are going to invite to come with you this Sunday to church.

This Sunday we are starting a new sermon series called “KNOWING GOD”  Over the next few weeks we will look at who God is and How do we get to know Him.  I believe this series has the potential to impact people’s lives.  We hope you will come and bring someone with you that you have been praying for.   We hope people will come and experience God in a whole new way this weekend.

 Pastor Mike Schooley

www.higherhopechurch.org

607-377-2991