Monday, June 14, 2010

Access FLC

We have created a "simple" way for new people to understand the vision of Family Life Church and to "quickly" become a part, connecting in meaningful relationships and service.

Yesterday was the second Sunday of the month, which means Access FLC happened! 6 new people came to gain "access" to the vision, DNA & strategy of the church. I love seeing those who have only been to FLC 2 or 3 times taking ownership of the vision. My heart is not that people will help "ME" fulfill "MY" vision. The vision is to help people discover "THEIR" God-given gifts and passions and then to assist "THEM" in fulfilling "THEIR" destiny.

Church (the systems & processes of the church) truly should be simple and as organic as possible. "So easy a caveman can do it." Some processes in churches are so cumbersome and complicated that new people are alienated and disconnected for so long that they just don't get involved. Maybe it is to create job security for leaders? I sure hope not. My friend Matt Keller, lead pastor of Next Level Church in Ft. Meyers, FL says, "We need to put the cookies on the bottom shelf." I like that! Because, "If people don't connect, they will disconnect."

People don't need a semester in seminary to unload a trailer, set-up/tear-down church environments, usher, greet, or brew coffee. They don't need Bible school classes and credits to mix sound, do lighting, love babies or play drums. Certainly, there are some areas of ministry where the process of involvement is a little more detailed. However, our goal as leaders should be to figure out how to simplify not complicate the system. Just remember, you can't "know those who labor among you" if they are just sitting in a class hearing someone speak.

"PLACE" people for faithfulness and then they can be "PLANTED" for fruitfulness.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Servolution Goes Running!

Over 500 participants + 100s observing + 37 FLC team members serving + a lot of water given away = SERVOLUTION!

Last night was one of my proudest moments as the lead pastor of Family Life Church. There were so many FLC team members in their green Servolution shirts. Our team was passionately sharing the love of Jesus through a simple act of kindness and generosity with no strings attached to Roxbury and Morris County. I want to thank each and every person that came, as well as the entire families that were serving together. Your faithful service impacted eternity last night. The seed of the gospel was planted and there will be a harvest.

"And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.” Matthew 10:42

There is a heavenly reward for serving with a pure heart. I trust God's heart was pleased with the love FLC expressed to the community in the Name of Jesus. I look forward to many more Servolution opportunities individually and as a church.

Impacting Eternity - One Life at a Time,

Pastor Dan