Wednesday, September 19, 2012

What Is This Church About & Why Are So Many Of The Pastors Bald?

As our church family prepares to become 1 church in 2 locations, I've been answering questions about who we are as a church and what we are all about.  Maybe you follow me, or our church, on twitter or Facebook.  Maybe you've received an invite or simply got REALLY lost and happened to walk into one of our services and thought, "What is this church all about and why are so many of the pastors bald?"  I wanted to post some thoughts to help you understand both of these question.  First, the baldness is genetics so we can't help it. Second, the church is the family of God and it exists for very specific Biblical reasons.  
Every church needs to have a purpose statement that answers the question, “why do we exist?”  The answer to that question is simple, the church exists for JESUS!  According to the Bible, the church should be based upon the 5 purposes that God has for the church and for each individual Christian.  These purposes are found in the following 2 verses:
“Love the Lord Your God (Worship) with all your heart…soul…and mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it:  Love Your Neighbor (Ministry) as yourself.  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”  Matthew 22:36-40
“Go and Make Disciples (Evangelism) of all nations, Baptizing Them (Fellowship) in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Teaching Them To Do (Discipleship) everything I have commanded you.”  Matthew 28:19-20
These 5 purposes enable us to have a Biblically balanced life and church by doing the following:
  • Worship- worshipping God weekly.
  • Ministry- Serving other people unselfishly.
  • Evangelism- Sharing our faith effectively.
  • Fellowship- Connecting with the church regularly.
  • Discipleship- Growing in maturity daily.  
These purposes have enabled us to define the reason we exist in this one simple purpose statement: “Freedom Life exists to help people experience the freedom and life that only God has to offer!”     
OUR MISSION: Love God, Love People and Love Life!  
OUR CORE VALUES:
Lost people matter to God, so they matter to us
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Investing into the next generation through exciting children and youth ministries
“… We will tell the next generation about the Lord’s power and great deeds and the miraculous things he has done.”  Psalm 78:4
Fellowship through small groups and serving
“We must also consider how to encourage each other to show love and to do good things. We should not stop gathering together with other believers…” Hebrews 10:24-25
Encouragement through relevant Biblical ministry
“… the Scriptures were written to teach and encourage us by giving us hope.” Romans 15:4
In our church we see lots of people come to Jesus... lots of children and teenagers... lots of people in small groups, various ministries and serving... lots of people in our creative services and environments encountering Jesus.... Why?  We believe that if it's important to God, it should be important to us.  If you are interested in making it important to you, consider joining us this fall and making our church family, your spiritual family.  If you have more questions,  email us at info@freedomlife.tv today! 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Don't Miss The Momentum Round Table This September

Attention Church Leaders,    
I wanted to make you aware of a roundtable that I have put together for my friends who are senior pastor's and their key leaders.  I was hoping that you would consider joining me & that you would also help me get the word out to others that would benefit from this gathering! I have the privilege of hosting Pastor Steve Penny this September 14-18.  For many years Steve had been an effective pastor leading a very large multi-site church, as well as a church planter and a key leader in the Australian (AOG) Christian Churches.  This event will be held near our church (Family Center in Gap, Pa) in a more intimate setting and limited to the first 50 registrants.  Steve will be talking about how to keep your church moving forward to the next level.  The topics on that day will include:
  • Seven keys to a growing church 
  • Keys to successful multi-site ministry
  • Creating a winning culture 
  • Servants and stewards 
Pastor Steve has accomplished much of what I hope to do over the next 10 years during the Decade Of Destiny vision that God has given me for my church.  I wanted to create an opportunity for senior leaders to gather and gain wisdom from someone who has been able to have a long-term impact for the kingdom of God. The roundtable will be Monday, September 17, 2012 from 10 a.m.- 2p.m.

Steve will also be speaking that evening to our FaithWorks Evening college (7pm at Freedom Life), which will be open to our church family and the roundtable participants. I would love to have you join us that evening.

*For more information about Steve, click here
*To register for the round table, click here