Posted: December 19, 2014 in Uncategorized
                                       
                                                                                                     December 2014

Church Family,

With only a few weeks left in 2014 now is a great time to celebrate all that God has done over this past year and set the table for 2015.

Amy and I have 4 beautiful girls. Each one of them is unique and has a personality of their own. Over the past 17 years of watching them grow up we’ve learned each of them. We know their strengths and their weaknesses, as well as what makes them tick. Seven years into this church plant I feel the same way about LifeSong as I do about my girls. It is a joy to watch this church grow and mature. There have been many milestones and victories along the way thus far, as well as our fair share of bumps and bruises.  The personality of a church is an ever growing and changing journey as we follow Jesus Christ and learn how to fulfill this vision He has given us.

Here is a snapshot of 2014:

2014 has been a year of healthy growth inwardly and outwardly.

-We have seen more than 200 people accept Christ as their Lord and Savior at our Lyman campus, as well as 73 children in our Bible club, and more than 75 on our mission trips to Haiti and Mexico.

-We took a huge stop forward in our Next Generation Children and Youth ministry by hiring Jarrett and Julie McNeely. Just in a few shorts months of being here, we have seen our youth ministry almost double in size.

– When I say this I cannot underline or highlight it enough, I feel like we have got the best staff that we have ever had. We are all on the same page and all unified in our vision forward.

– We have seen significant improvement in our systems and structure. Internally this is making a bigger impact than I can ever express.

– We have more people involved in lifegroups than we ever have.

-We fed 565 families at Thanksgiving.

These are just a few of the highlights of the past year, but God has been faithful to grow and stretch us.

In 2015

As we look ahead to the coming year I am excited for us to take a huge step forward in the development of our church culture. When we began meeting 7 years ago one of our values that made us see exponential growth was our high value of personal relationship with one another and our pastoral staff. We have identified this is one of the things that makes LifeSong who we are. We have a deep desire for close community and a personal touch. In the coming year we are going to make these personal relationships a focal point, starting with the most important relationship in our lives – our relationship with Jesus Christ. Our theme for the year is “Every Person Has a Name and Every Name is Important.” We want to move away from the idea that you show up at church and nobody knows your name and then you leave with people unaware that you have even been here. We want people to feel like they have close healthy relationships with one another and a close relationship with their pastor.

We want to see God use us to to reach more people this year with the Gospel than we ever have before. I am asking you to make yourself available for God to use you anyway He sees fit to do. I told our staff in our last meeting that we have spent 2014 building a fire and gaining momentum, but now it is time to build a blazing inferno. 2015 is going to be an awesome year of great spiritual growth, church growth and relationship growth. I am challenged! I am excited! I am glad we are on this journey together!

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