Sep 142009

Big Idea: It’s time to ADVANCE the gospel!

Scripture Memory:
1 Chronicles 29:11-12 (ESV)
11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.
12 Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.

Action Step:
Surrender everything to God, Listen to His voice and follow through!

Random Thoughts:

I am so thankful for what God has done in and through Church at the Grove over the last 3 years but it is time to look forward to what God has in store for Church at the Grove in the future.

Yesterday, we launched ADVANCE 09, a Faith Initiative that will prepare us spiritually and financially for the next phase in the life of Church at the Grove.  It will allow for 5 specific things in the life of Church at the Grove.

  1. We will transition our Sunday gatherings in January 2010 to the 450 seat auditorium at the new Walnut Grove High School in the community of Walnut Grove. 
  2. We have had a heart and vision for the community of Social Circle since the very beginning of Church at the Grove.  The ADVANCE Faith Initiative will allow Church at the Grove to launch a Sunday gathering in the community of Social Circle set for teh fall of 2010. 
  3. The ADVANCE Faith Initiative will allow Church at the Grove to begin setting aside finances specifically for a piece of land in the Walnut Grove area.
  4. The ADVANCE Faith Initiative will allow us to consider an additional staff member to facilitate future growth in the life of Church at the Grove.
  5. We plan to set aside a portion of our ADVANCE Faith Initiative funds specifically for the mission projects in our local community and for the partnerships we have developed for global missions.

I am asking our church to do three things during this Faith Initiative over the next two months. 

  • Surrender
  • Pray
  • Follow Through

It has been an incredible ride over the past 3 years, but it is time to look forward. 


 Posted by at 9:15 am
Sep 112009

I will never forget standing in the cafeteria at Kennesaw Mountain High School in Kennesaw, GA on September 11, 2001 turning to see my pastor, Mike Linch, walking into the school like he was late for something.  He begin to tell us how a plane had hit one of the twin towers in Manhattan and we all went to the school office to watch on a television monitor as another plane hit the other twin tower.  We were horrified and words cannot explain the gamut of emotions we went through as we witnessed these events. 

I spent the morning in a classroom with high school students watching as the towers crumbled and life as we know it transformed before our eyes.  We talk, cried and comforted each other and other day-to-day issues did not matter in light of what we observed on that morning. 

I can’t help but wonder what eternity held for the over 3000 people that perished on that day. 

What was their relationship with God on that day?  Had they ever connected to a church?  What type of an experience did they have when they went to church?  Was there a dynamic, relevant, Jesus-centered, Bible-focused church within a reasonable distance to them that would have reached out to them with the love of God?

Starting churches matters!  People perish everyday that matter to God and God is still using the local church as the primary delivery method of the gospel! 

That is why Church at the Grove matters and why we started this church 3 years ago! 

Happy Birthday Church at the Grove!

 Posted by at 9:14 am
Sep 092009

We have gathered and celebrated Jesus on 156 Sundays!

We have worked together to complete a complete Home Makeover on a home in our Walnut Grove community! 

We have witnessed almost 100 people turn to follow Jesus as a result of God’s work through Church at the Grove! 

We have serve countless meals to Youth Middle School teachers, Walnut Grove High School teachers, Walnut Grove Elementary School teachers, Athletic Teams, Foster kids and families and many more groups. 

We have Loved Loganville!

We have baptized around 75 people!

We have had part in planting over a dozen churches in 3 years! 

We started with about 50 people, Launched with 183 and now average over 300 people in attendance in our Sunday gatherings. 

We will have over 100 adults in Community Groups this fall!

Our students have packed and served lunches in Monroe, loved and ministered to children in backyard Bible Clubs, helped clean up after Katrina in Mississippi, served people in New Orleans and reached out to their friends on Wednesdays at the CLC!

We initiated and facilitated a complete Home Makeover for a family in Walnut Grove that now attends Church at the Grove! 

We have partnered close to 100 children with local heros and helped make their Christmas something to remember!

We soon will take part in sending two families across the globe to help people find their way back to God through Jesus.  We look for partnerships to carry Jesus across the globe!

We have partnered with a local organization “Resurrecting Hope” to help make a difference in the lives of the homeless at the Atlanta Union Mission. 

We have loved and supported local Teachers and Educators in our community.

We have consulted and provided leadership to numerous church planters and leaders locally and nationally. 

We have only just STARTED! 

Don’t miss the next three years!

 Posted by at 9:07 am