So its been a great couple of days in my life, and I have accomplished a lot of things I wanted to accomplish this week.  Still have more to do, but good things have happened.  Amidst all the craziness with Carie’s school yesterday, last night we both went out and had a good time, but not with each other.  She hung out with a few friends from church, and I drove into Boston and had dinner with Jeff, and Michael and Will from Oak Leaf Church in Cartersville, GA.  They have a great church that is doing some amazing things for God in the Atlanta area.

I took them to Fire and Ice, and you can see Will’s reaction F&I here.  I enjoyed picking their brains and I learned a lot from our conversation throughout the evening.  The main thing I took home with me is that Fellowship Church is on the right track as a church, and I believe the best times are ahead of us, if we maintain focus and continue in our passion to lead people into a growing relaionship with Jesus Christ.

Who have you met recently that you’ve looked up to from a blog or because of your profesions or from a celebrity standpoint? 

Until next time…

p.s.  One time a long time ago I met Louie Giglio backstage at 7:22 and totally stuttered my way through talking to him.  He musthave thought I was a total dweeb(Is that a word anymore?)

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The process

January 30, 2008

So the process is evidently very important when it comes to churches.  I’m currently working on our “process” at Fellowship Church.  When speaking of the process I’m speaking of a particular way which we use to accomplish everything that we set out to do. 

So a process for us might be how we staff our lobby with greeters and cafe workers, or how we program our Sunday service, or where we want people to go into and out of, as far as environments at Fellowship.  The truth is, since I have difficulty with detail minded organization, this is very difficult for me so I have a team of people who are helping me with this.

Our focus (of course) is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.  Our opening environment is the Sunday morning service.  But a success for us is to move unchurched people into life groups.  It is in this environment where people can grow (we hope)relationally in authentic community with God and with other people.

This is our process.  Moving people from introduction to relationships. 

So I have two questions I hope you can help me answer:

1.  What is your process (either in your life or in your church?)

2.  What do you do to make sure your process is working the way you want it to work?

Until next time…

news and happenings

January 2, 2008

It’s the end of the day.  I typically write in the beginning but today has been hectic.  Back in the office.  Lots of things to catch up on.  People to call.  People to email.  Stuff to do.

Last night I had a meeting with my lead team here at Fellowship and I have to tell you, there are some great things happening here as we prepare for 2008.  I’ll only share with one of them and I’ll be general and won’t go into detail, but you’ll love it. 

March 23rd is going to be the beginning of all beginnings for FC.  It’s going to be amazing.  We’ll be announcing our new theme for the year (I know we’ll be a few months late, but it’ll be unbelievable) and we’ll be kicking off what will be a new generation of momentum for Fellowship Church.  Be prepared for what’s to come!

Also, we have a new team member who has arrived on the team.  He will be the Director of Operations for Fellowship Church, and will be leading all things administratively.  His name is Jason Destratis, and Im totally psyched about him joining our team.  We’ll meet him in a few weeks during Sunday morning @ Fellowship.

This means that there is only one position left to be filled from the team that I have been praying for God to bring our way.  God is doing some serious moving here at Fellowship, and I am humbled to think I’m a part of the process. 

Until next time…

Clarity

December 19, 2007

Yesterday I had a lot of meetings.  Telephone, person to person, email, and hologram.  Okay, not the last one, but the other three kind were all true.  They were different kinds of meetings with different kinds of people, and the day ended up being an amazing one.

Now the last meeting was especially significant, but through the meeting, something was confirmed in me that I knew I needed to do, but I was having difficulty actually following through with it.  What was it?  A clear direction.

At FC, we have a direction in that we desire to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ by creating a culture that moves them into small groups, or life groups as we call them.  It is there that we believe they can experience maximum growth spitually and relationally.

But I don’t think we’ve been very good about clarity.  About giving people a clear direction as to where we are going and where we’d like to take them as well.

Having said this, one of the things I’m really excited about is the unveiling of our theme for 2008.  We’ll be sharing the theme with Fellowship Church on the last week in December, and then sharing our goals throughout the month of January.

I’m excited about offering FC a clear direction for the future so that in the end, all of New England will be blanketed with small groups who are leading people into this wonderful, amazing growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

p.s.  Check out the Fellowship Holden group on Facebook today at noon for a new video series known as “Darren’s Dailies.”

Until next time…

The Future…it’s bright.

December 12, 2007

Today I wanted to write about some of the behind the scenes things we’re doing at Fellowship in order to prepare for 2008.  Some of the changes that are in store for us as we move into the next year.  I’m excited about what’s going on at Fellowship, and my hope is that this stuff gets you as excited as it does me, specifically if you attend FC on a regular basis.  So here we go:

-One of the most interesting changes at Fellowship is going to be our new Children’s check in process.  If you’re a parent, you’ll get more info about this over the next few weeks at Church.

-It looks like we have a good future with some good worship leaders at FC.  I’ve been really impressed the last few weeks with the music and the leadership of Al Dancy and Josh Grohman.  Good stuff!

-We’ll be really working on our Sunday morning service @ Fellowship, to ensure that you can come and grow by participating in the service, and more importantly, that you can be ensured that each time you invite a friend or a family member, We will grab their attention and then they will be led into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

-Life groups.  The way to go.

-Our online capabilities will be enhanced beginning in January as online, you will be able to register for our “Link” events, find out more info about the small groups that are right for you, volunteer for serving at FC, and online giving towards the vision of Fellowship Church to carry out its mission.

-We’ll renew our commitment to excellence in our Sunday morning services, Family ministries for children, youth,and the whole fam, and our environments (like the Link) that connect people into life groups.  We believe this will allow for our life groups to be more relational and ultimately, become the people God wants us to be.

-We’re also working on steps for every age and every generation to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ through small groups.  I’m so pumped about this. 

I hope these changes excite you as much as they excite me.  Please let me know if you have any questions about the future.  It is bright.

By the way, I just saw the music video to Linkin Park’s “Shadow of the Day”.  Very powerful.  Also, my friend Jay Destratis has a new blog.  He’s pretty smart, so you’ll want to check it out, even though it’s new.

Until next time…   

The power of the ATOM

November 15, 2007

Last night we met with all of our life group leaders.  Jeff, our life group director (You can find his blog on my blogroll) did an amazing job sharing with our leaders some of the new things will be doing to reinforce the importance of small groups in our church. 

We also unveiled the new values of our life groups, and I’d like to share them with you if you don’t mind.  I think they encompass a lot of what we want our life groups to be about, and how we want them to move forward and in the same direction toward leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.  So here they are:

Value 1:  Authenticity – We provide a predictable environment for our community to come to the point where they can be real with one another.

Value 2:  Transformation – We don’t want to stay the same, we want to allow God to transform us by changing the way we think and to become more like the example of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Value 3:  Outward-Reaching – We constantly want to be moving out of our comfort zone and to serve others, both evangelistically and in the area of need.

Value 4:  Multiplication – After two years of influencing one another and pouring our hearts into our Life group community, we understand that there are others that we can influence, so we split our life groups and allow twice as many people to be influenced the way we’ve been influenced in the last two years.

So these are the ATOM Values of our life groups.  My prayer is that we can build on these elements (pun intended) and eventually our community can be led into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ!

Until next time…

It’s officially here!

November 2, 2007

So this is officially my first Sunday as the lead pastor of Fellowship Church.  It should be a great couple of services.  I’m looking forward to our new series, called “The Riches.”  It’s something I’ve been working on for quite some time and have been waiting to hear from the Lord on this one.  It’s some good stuff, but it’s hard to share and for some, no doubt, it’s hard to hear.  So pray for us here at FC this weekend – It’s a weekend of change.

This will be a new week for the band as well.  Now that our leader, Ruth, has taken to Ohio, I’m looking for some people who will step up to the plate and lead with character, grace, and musical fortitude.

One of the more exciting things for me this weekend at Fellowship will be introducing two new staff members to the church.  Both of these two people are volunteers, but they’ve given a lot of time and energy to Fellowship already and I’m looking forward to hearing from them about what God’s about to do in their lives at Fellowship Church, and the vision of FC that they are going to help carry out. 

What an exciting time it is for our church!  I have so much to learn in this whole thing, but with a little patience from you, a little guidance from those that I generally seek guidance from, (aka my dad, Chris, Fred, Stevie J., Jay, and Anthony), and a clear vision of leading the people of New England into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, and the future looks so bright.

Oh, one more thing, Don’t forget to set your clocks back and get an hour of extra sleep, ok?

So now for the shameless – Don’t miss this Sunday morning – plug.  Do you really want to miss my first Sunday?  Do you?

 Until next time…