Saturday was an awesome day where 12 churches across 8 denominations came together to be The Church by serving together at nine locations within the urban core of Kansas City. Patrick O'Connell was the project lead for the Salvation Army Bellafontaine Center site. Can't wait to do this again next year. Here is a quick video recap.
Josh Jackaway did a phenomenal job communicating about the myth that all teens are rebellious. He unpacked the story of the Prodigal in a fresh way. He challenged all parents to create the opportunity for our kids to be heroes in the story.
To top it off, this video of how one teen, Shane Enloe, impacted the spiritual journey of his entire family.
What an amazing day it was today. At 11am at Kansas City International airport, 14 Restore attenders and many of their friends gathered to send them off to Haiti with prayer and celebration.
This is our first all Restore Church team to make a trip to Haiti. And to top this experience off, word on the street is that on Sunday they will worship at the new church in Cavaillon. I am so excited for them and yet so jealous.
I can't wait to hear the God stories that will be written in the next five days.
Over the past few months we have witnessed some pretty cool God Things at Restore. Conversions, baptisms and small group multiplication just to name a few. The Jesus Mission in the Northland of KC seems to be gaining some momentum.
Helping people find their way back to God
Mobilizing Christ Followers to change the world
Reproducing leaders, artists, and churches.
We have witnessed numerous individuals step through a formal apprenticeship process and become leaders. However, with that blessing has come a challenge. How do we adequately care and continue to disciple those leaders who are the front line pastors of the local church? The answer....COACHING.
Over the past six months six people have stepped into a coaching role. Each of those coaches have "naturally" become coaches by training and releasing at least one leader. But not enough. We have been focused and intentional about reproducing leaders but not as focused on developing coaches.
Today at our staff meeting we talked about who would become our next generation of coaches at Restore. Three key values became apparent as we debated amongst ourselves.
Champion of Restore Culture
We came up with a list of highly capable people that have demonstrated each of these since the launch of Restore. We then made a commitment to investing more intentionally in these key leaders to help them take the next step and expand their influence and impact.
I can't wait to see how this conversation today becomes a catalyst to a whole new level of ownership.
For the past three weeks at Restore, we have been exposing the misconceptions we have about Jesus and discovering the real Jesus found in the Bible. We have exposed Spooky Jesus, who had no humanity, and Middle Class Jesus, who only wants us to be safe and comfortable, and Sunday School Jesus, who tells us everything is okay and we never really have to change.
We have found a Jesus who was fully human and understands temptation, a Jesus who wants us to pray to be dangerous, deep and generous, and a Jesus who loves us just as we are, but too much to leave us there. It has been a powerful series.
I look forward to Easter as we expose Buddy Jesus.
Nate and his team have developed some great video bumpers. Here they are. Enjoy.
On Sunday at Restore, ten people took their faith public and were baptized. I continue to be amazed that God gives us a front row seat to watch Him change eternities. A wife baptized her husband, a father and mother baptized three of their kids, and a junior high small group leader baptized one of her group members with the entire small group in the pool. Here is the testimony of Derek, who was baptized by his wife and father in law.
" I am choosing to be baptized today as I feel that God has been calling me to join him on an incredible journey.My journey began a few years ago when I had all but given up on finding God.Things were just never adding up and I was out of control.A teammate of mine suggested to me trying out a college bible study.I thought it was a ridiculous idea but went anyway.I didn’t feel at the time that I had gotten anything from that experience but I was wrong.I spent a couple of hours afterward talking with the friend that took me there.In that conversation I found that I was really missing something.I started to attend a church on a pretty inconsistent basis but found I was getting comfortable there.About 6 months later I met Kali (my wife) and she really opened me up to Jesus.Her family helped me to realize that Jesus is the way.I watch how they have lived and how they continue to follow the path that the Lord leads them on, doing the work that he has asked them to do.To see someone so passionate about life and living it through Jesus has sparked something in me.Kali and I found Restore and with this home I feel that I can worship the lord instead of just going to Church.I hope that today with the help of Christ, I will reborn as a new man and will follow God as only he can lead me."
In November, Restore Community Church took up a special one day offering to help start a church in Cavaillon Haiti. We took a journey of prayer, faith, and sacrifice and God completely surprised us when the offering totalled $90,000. That was enough money to buy the land, build the church and also 3 children's homes for 120 orphan children. Contruction is well underway on both the church and the homes. Here are some photo updates.
Church building in January.
Church building in March.
The dedication service for the church is scheduled for late April
Children's homes in January
Children's homes in March
Kids should be moving in within the next 90 days. Our first Restore trip to Cavaillon is scheduled for April.
On Sunday at Restore, we unveiled a new song written by Tommy Bowman for our One Year Celebration. During the song we ran a video of Restore attenders whose lives had been changed by Jesus....Then and Now. It was a powerful moment with a great new song...enjoy.
Sunday was an incredible day at Restore Community Church. Everyone brought their "A" game from the hospitality (300 cupcakes), to the arts team, to the three individuals who were interviewed, to everyone who attended. And God surprised us again. In total 622 people showed up for the celebration. That is 200 more people than attended at our launch in March 2008. I can't wait to see where God takes us in the next year.
Here is a recap of the Restore journey put together so well by Nate Williams.