Thursday, January 20, 2011

2011 is here!! So Now what?

Does it ever feel like it's easy to start the year with excitement and anticipation? Have you ever wondered where that excitement goes around the third week of January? For some of us, the dream of a great year may even get bogged down before then. I have experienced it time and again and I know that many of you can relate to losing the "I-Can-Do-This!" feeling that culminates in your New Year's resolutions falling flat.

A couple years ago, I realized that the reason I experienced the slump in the past was because I had failed to turn my resolutions into sustainable vision and goal setting for the entire year. Since that time, I have made it a high priority to put my (personal and ministry) goals and vision for the New Year into writing as quickly as possible each January.

This year I am going public with our vision as a leadership team at the Intersection. We believe that God has established 2011 as a year for us to grow deep in faith, family and community. As a church, we have set our faith on that same, larger vision which will manifest itself in 6 definable and measurable goals which include:

* Identify 8 new church system leaders
* Standardize the plan for Set-up and Tear Down
* 100 new decisions for Christ
* 35 confirmed baptisms in water
* To have a partnership class in place and working by the end of the year
* To get the Kids Mobility Center up and running by the End of May

I'd love to hear your feedback on this plan...or, if you want to share your own goals and vision for 2011, I would love to read about them!!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Year to Grow Deep!!!

Hey everyone! What if I told you that 2011 was your year to grow deep? What does that even mean? This is my prayer aim for the new year and I want to help us all grow deeper in Christ through three events this weekend!

The first is our first EVER Intersection Vision Day! It will take place this Saturday, January 15th, from 9am-3pm. We will be meeting at Comfort Suites in Gettysburg, next to the Evergreen Cemetery and The Pike. Lunch will be provided, so come prepared to learn what God has in store for us in 2011 (a year to grow deep)!! We ask that you please find your own childcare for this day-long event.

The second event is our regular morning worship experience on Sunday morning @ 10am at the Gettysburg Middle School. If you haven’t been with us in a while, it’s a great time to jump back in! You don’t want to miss the worship time and continuation of the message series we are calling “Primal”.

Finally, come out for a time of refreshing and refocusing at the Catalyst Session being brought to us by our sending church, Freedom Valley. Join me and Pastor Gerry as we grow in leadership principals and team planning at Freedom Valley York Road starting at 6pm. Childcare will be provided!

So many opportunities!!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Religion is too complicated!!

Hey all you cool people!!

2011 has arrived and with it comes all of our hopes and dreams for “getting it right” in the New Year! Many of us make resolutions to get in shape and get organized. Others feel that we have let our love for God grow cold and so we look at the New Year as a chance to get our spiritual lives in order...that’s where The Intersection comes in!

We have begun a primal journey with a new message series that can help all of us take the complicated out of faith! If you feel that Christianity has become too “hard to get” causing you to become “lost in the weeds” of complex faith, we want to help you find a new, simple start to a relationship with God!

“Primal” will help us all get “back to the basics” of faith in Christ as we look at the prime commandments of Jesus God and love people. It can be that simple!!

Join us at 10am on Sunday morning at the Gettysburg Middle School for this exciting new look at the simple message of Christ and YOU could find your hope and faith renewed for the New Year!

Blessings in the New Year!