If you want to be average you don’t have to change anything. If you want to be good, there are a few things that will need to be changed. If you want to be great, much must change. The DNA of Alive church is that we want to be considered by our Heavenly Father as Great. A Great Church is a church that lives out the mission and values of Jesus.
As a leader I have listened to not only God through prayer a lot over the last few months but to our people as well and to the wise counsel of those who have gone ahead of me. As we look at the exciting changes that are taking place at Alive, they are definitely a result of living out our values and mission. One value that is important for us is “Community and Life Transformation.”
This last weekend, after talking about the 106 “Hands” on the wall (each Hand represent a person who has made a faith commitment at Alive Church in 2011) a lady came to me after our Saturday evening service and said “I want to get my Hand on the wall.” After asking a few questions and talking with her, myself and one of our pastors had the privilege of praying with her as she invited Jesus into her life and began her faith journey with Him. We immediately printed out a hand and had her sign it, changing the title of my message from 106 to 107. She is anxious now to take her Next Step and get baptized. Our next baptism is planned for June 25th & 26th, if that’s your Next Step in your faith journey, start making plans.
Sunday we baptized several of those who have made faith commitments. What an awesome time and incredible honor for us as a church family to be a part of that moment in their faith journey. What you don’t know is that afterward a young gal, whose mother was one of those being baptized, made a decision to give her life to Jesus for the first time and now she is ready for baptism. “Leading people who are far from God to be followers of Jesus, who are leading people who are far from God to be followers of Jesus, who are…”
I praise God for all He is doing as we see lives being “Transformed” before our very eyes. I praise God for the “Transformed” lives and communities that He is going to use all of us at Alive Church in as we continue to partner together in the future. Thank You for all each of you do to make the weekend experience at your church a “Wow” experience that we can all invite our friends and loved to so that they can experience the love of God. As we go forward I am thrilled to be announcing and putting into place the leaders who will lead each of our campuses into the future God has for us. God has assembled a team of 3 Campus Pastor that I know will lead us toward being a Great church that continues to live out the mission and values of Jesus.
At Alive Church we never want to settle for average or good, not when we serve such a Great God. My goal is that I will be able to teach a message titled 250 (those who have made faith commitments this year) by the end of 2011, because of what God is doing in and through you Alive Church and with the Campus Pastors that I will be announcing this weekend that will continue to lead us to be a Great church.
In Christ, Pastor Jeff
P.S. Be sure and reserve the date on your campus to for a party to meet your new campus Pastor and his family. Twin Peaks Campus, Friday, June 3rd @ 7pm. Oro Valley Campus, Monday, June 6th, @ 7pm. Online Campus Pastor will be at both parties, streamed only from the Monday party. Let’s encourage our Campus Pastor and show our appreciation as they step into these leadership roles.