COVID-19 AND OUR KIDS

Image result for empty playgroundAre you wondering what you should tell your kids in a time like this?  They know something unusual is happening. They are home from school. The store shelves have never been so empty.  Restaurants are closed to dining. You can’t go to the movies, the zoo, or the gym. And then there’s church. Most likely you’ll be attending church from your living room this week.  What is going on? Inquiring young minds want to know.

Our go-to verse for how to disciple our own children is Deuteronomy 6:4-7. Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up (CSB). This same idea is then repeated in Deuteronomy chapter 11.  I’ll sum it up this way. Take every opportunity to talk with your kids. And when you do, make sure the subject is the Lord.

Talk to your kids.  They already know something unusual is happening in the world.  You can’t keep them from seeing that things have changed. So tell them why and then use it as an opportunity to point them to the Lord.  You might say, “times are different, but the Lord promised to take care of us, so we’re trusting in Him.” Show them passages in the Bible that speak of God’s care.  Passages like Matthew 6:25-34, Hebrews 13:5-6, and Romans 8:31-39.

Be real as you talk with your kids. It’s okay to let them know you’re learning and growing too.  There may be times when you’re concerned and you have to remind yourself of these promises God gave.  It’s good for them to see you growing in your faith. It’s good to see that you have to keep turning to the Lord for help and encouragement.  One more thing. Pray with your kids. Let them pray with you. They will learn a lot about praying by how you pray. So worship the Lord in your prayers, make heartfelt requests, and thank Him for what He has done.

Every moment matters.  Timely words are needed, but our kids need to see how our faith impacts every part of our life.  You have probably heard the statement, “Do as I say, not as I do.” That’s a bad statement. People learn by example and here in this text Moses tells the people to Talk while they sit, walk, lie down, and get up.  That covers a lot of ground. Your faith is not segmented from the rest of your life.  It is your life. It affects every part of what you do. It becomes the reason you make the choices you make, it’s your source of joy, peace, and happiness, and it’s the passion that pushes you along to love the Lord and others.  Your kids need to see that. 

So what should we be showing our kids in times like these?  First, don’t panic. They can see panic and your panic causes them to panic.  Stay calm, check your phone occasionally, not constantly, for updates on the situation and learn what to share and what not to.  Second, check up on others to see how they’re doing. Let your kids see you doing this. Whether it’s family, neighbors, friends, or coworkers, let them see you caring for others.  Offer to pray with and for others and then pray with your kids about the people you’re reaching out to. Third, stay connected to your church. This is a great opportunity to show our kids that church is more than a building and Sunday morning worship service.  It’s people. We’re here for each other. We may not be meeting in large groups, but we’re still the body of Christ. We can still love each other and encourage growth in Christ.

So let me wrap this up.  We have times to sit and talk about the Lord. It’s important we do that. Read scripture, pray, and share how you’re growing. Ask questions and make sure your kids know you’re interested in their walk with the Lord too.  Then, live out your faith in every way. Show them what it means to trust the Lord in the good and bad times. Let them know that your faith in the Lord is the reason you have peace. Your greatest impact on the future generation starts in your home.  And under the current conditions, you have more time at home.

Involved in Christ,
Pastor Ryan

COVID-19 AND OUR KIDS

COVID-19 and Anxiety

Image result for COVID-19We met to worship yesterday. We talked about our God who knows all, and is in complete control. We submitted our prayers, thanked Him, read scripture, and encouraged others who were there. I was happy to be there to worship. 

Today, I find myself anxious. In fact, after a great day of worship, I didn’t sleep well. I’m watching events happen around me that I’ve never seen in my lifetime. People are worried. I’m worried. God tells us, “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 CSB). So simple, yet so hard to follow. So here are 3 things I’m worried about and my plan to follow God’s instruction in this passage to present my request, be thankful, and allow God’s peace to rule my heart. I hope it encourages you.

  1. I’m worried the concern over COVID-19 is just the tip of the iceberg and the global economic impact to follow will be great. Not only will we have a virus to contend with, but also a depressed economy. –Lord, please give our nation’s leaders great wisdom to guide us through this time of uncertainty.  May they be calm, but decisive. Help them make decisions that slow down COVID-19 with minimal impact on the economy. Provide for those who may be out of work during this time. Thank you for the people who help us make these decisions. Thank you for the hours they spend looking over statistics and listening to the countless concerns. Give them peace and let us rest in peace knowing that you’re helping them navigate their way through uncharted waters.
  2. I’m worried that people are getting an emotional “buzz” over COVID-19 and it’s causing more problems than needed. I’ve found myself doing this. It’s kind of exciting. Not in a good way, but I feel interested, my thoughts are consumed, and I’m thinking of creative ways to limit our use of essentials for the next month, or more. Lord, help me trust in your promises and remain calm. You say you love us more than the birds of the air and the Lilies of the field. Since you take care of them, you take care of us. The future is uncertain in our eyes, but you know every minute of everyday and our lives are in your hands. Thank you for always hearing our prayers. Thank you for never leaving us. Thank you for giving us your Son that guarantees hope for the hopeless and life to all who call on His name. May the peace that comes from these promises rule our hearts. Remind us daily of the truths you have given and the love you have shown us through your Son, Jesus.
  3. I’m worried the church is going to miss an opportunity to shine hope and truth to so many that are worried and concerned. In times like this, the church should be the example of how to stay calm, rest in the certainty of the creator, and care for the hurting. We must not let the worries consume us as well. Lord, please help the church be the example you called us to be. People will know we are your disciples by how we treat each other. We are not here to hoard items, but give items. We are not here to criticize leaders, but submit to and pray for them since they are placed in leadership by God. We are not here to complain, but lead with respect and understanding. Thank you for the church. They are the people I need to keep me focused on the important things. Thank you for their prayers, encouragement, and listening ears. Thank you for the hope we have in Jesus and for the confidence that no matter what happens the church will survive until God’s appointed time. Let your peace rule in our hearts. The confidence we have is in your unshakable character. You’re not surprised. You’ve got this. As we rest in you, may the world see our hope and be more attracted to the peace we have in you than they are to the chaos and fear caused by uncertainty.

So what are you worried about? Try this three step approach from Philippians 4:6-7. 1) Present your request, 2) Give thanks – there’s always something to be thankful for, and 3) let God’s peace rule your hearts. It’s a great way to grow. 

COVID-19 and Anxiety

Involve Church to Offer Accredited Ministry Courses and Degrees

ben-white-148430We are excited to announce that, beginning September 2017, Involve Church will be offering accredited ministry courses and degree programs in partnership with Antioch School for Church Planting and Leadership Development.  This will provide those wishing to pursue further theological education an option that is financially accessible and sustainable without leaving the ministry environment of the local church.

How did this come about?

It’s no secret that we are a new church, planted by other churches, moving into our third year.  From its very start, Involve Church has been about church planting for the sake of reaching people with the message that there is forgiveness and new life in Jesus, as well as seeing them grow in following God.  As we planned to start a church centered around that central message and purpose, we knew that we wanted to a be a church plant that planted churches.

While discipleship has been and will increasingly be an important part of Involve Church, we knew we needed an option that would take our leader and church planter training to the next level while at the same time allowing people to continue serving in the context of the local church.  Through a contact with our sister church in Boise, ID, we were connected with Antioch School and are now certified to begin offering degree programs.

We see this as a great option for further equipping people to carry out the Great Commission without having to uproot their lives to move to bible college or seminary.  As a church, we are excited to continue to move towards becoming a church for training leaders and church planters.

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We offer:

Classes can also be taken for individual credit.  For more information on the degree programs, please email luke@involvechurch.com.

How much does it cost?

This is one of the more exciting aspects of the partnership.  For a four-year degree program, the student will spend around $8,000.  This is significantly less than other institutions offering similar degrees.

How do I get more information?

We will have periodic informational gatherings.  Catch this upcoming Sunday’s at 11:45am.  If you’d prefer, you can schedule a meeting with Pastor Luke to talk through the options one-on-one.


Involve Church exists to involve people in an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ.  To find out more about Involve Church, please visit involvechurch.com or email info@involvechurch.com

Involve Church to Offer Accredited Ministry Courses and Degrees

Something Worth Fighting For

relationshipWalking 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”

Something Worth Fighting For

November/December 2015 Update

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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”

November/December 2015 Update

September & October Update

The recent months have been full of a lot of ministry!  The new church launched on September 13, 2015.  12038678_414605728727658_2286549008327004777_oWe 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”

September & October Update

Involve Church Project now Involve Church

logo and name transitionOur 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”

Involve Church Project now Involve Church

Our Core Values

img-core-valuesCore 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.

1. Discipleship

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”

Our Core Values

3 Reasons Core Values are Important

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?

our-valuesDefinition 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”

3 Reasons Core Values are Important

Our Project Name

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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”

Our Project Name