Walking around the stores this time of year with children, can be risky business. We all know the marketing ploy to purposely put toys and candy out to catch kids attention. I’ve been fortunate enough to have children who do not cause too big of a scene when they hear the word NO. I’ve also been in the store when a child doesn’t get his or her way and wants to let the WHOLE world know about it. They’ll fight, yell, and lay on the ground kicking and screaming all because of a plastic toy. While I sit back and think of how dreaded that moment must be for a parent, I’m also left wondering, could I have some of that kind of passion for the things I find precious? Not the material possessions of the world…that would just be embarrassing, but what if I put that kind of energy into fighting for my relationship with God? Continue reading “Something Worth Fighting For”
We want to thank everyone in our extended network for their prayers and support as we have continued to move forward with the new church. It is still in its “infancy” stage, but has certainly experienced growth, as infants do. At Involve Church, we continue to learn Continue reading “November/December 2015 Update”
The recent months have been full of a lot of ministry! The new church launched on September 13, 2015. We had over 120 people in attendance that day and were grateful to God see a full room of people ready to worship with us. Since then, we have had several
new families in attendance each Sunday, many of whom have appear to be a regular part of Involve Church.
Our Life Groups ministry have been Continue reading “September & October Update”
Our launch team voted on Sunday night and we are excited to announce that we will be “Involve Church.” At first, this name sounded very strange to us, but it has grown on us over the months. We have also found that those who have not been involved in church in the past or maybe have been out of the church for a long time find the name intriguing. They express interest and it gives an opportunity to explain Jesus and His church to them. As we have Continue reading “Involve Church Project now Involve Church”
Core Values are as unique as the church that wrote them. Every local church has its own thumbprint. Each has a specific set of priorities to which God has called them. So far, Involve Church Project has developed five Core Values, with the understanding we may add more later as more people – each with their own unique skills, abilities, and passions – are added to the mix. For now, these are the top five things we are unwaveringly committed to as a church. They will make up the DNA of who we are and define the culture of our church.
Christians are followers of Christ. We seek to help people better follow Christ in every area of their lives. This includes helping people to understand the Bible and how to apply the truth it contains to everyday living. We also value the spiritual gifts provided to every believer in Christ upon conversion and seek to help each individual understand and use their gifts in joyful service to Christ. The ultimate purpose of Christian discipleship is to help people become more like Jesus Christ. To that end, we offer many formal and informal avenues to assist Christians in deepening their faith and walk with God. (Matthew 18:18-20) Continue reading “Our Core Values”
Every organizational structure has a list of priorities. Businesses define what they value because they need to know what to say “yes” to, and what to say “no” to because of finite resources. The motivation behind a business organization defining its values is increased profitability, but what are the motivations behind a church using this concept?
Definition of core values in a local church setting is one of the most valuable pursuits that a church can take on as it’s planning for the future. We would even argue it’s crucial to the longevity and effectiveness of the local church in carrying out its God-given mission (Matt. 28:18-20). In the case of the church, though, the motivation is not increased profitability but increased effectiveness in ministry. A desire to reach those who need to hear the Gospel and seeing disciples of Christ grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus, being able to live out a life that is fully pleasing to God, should be the motivation behind doing anything in the church.
There’s a misconception Continue reading “3 Reasons Core Values are Important”
You may be asking why we chose the name Involve Church Project. You may have heard the following statistic:
90% of the work in the local church is achieved by 10% of the people
While this may not be true in every church, it generally holds true for most churches. We are looking to establish a church in which most, if not all, of the people are using their God-given gifts to serve the Lord and help with the ministry efforts of the church. We want all to be “involved,” hence the name Involve Church Project. We believe a church functioning in this way better reflects what God intended for those who are a part of the Body of Christ and are part of a local church (Romans 12:5-8; 1 Corinthians 12).
Furthermore, we believe that the life of the believer Continue reading “Our Project Name”