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Archive for September, 2011

Multi-Site musings #7…

In one weeks time, set up will be under way for our first Pre-Launch meeting at the Shoreham Centre.  It’s come around so quickly, I can hardly believe it!

At first light, teams of brilliant servers will be moving tech equipment off lorries into the Main Hall (which can squeeze close to 300 people into it), into other rooms to cater for COG’s (our children’s work), and into areas for serving us great coffee & croissants.

Then worship team will get set up, the Connect (Welcome, Host & Point) will hold their positions, looking to engage with all-comers. The magnificent COG’s teams will ready themselves for our little ones.  The whole building will be buzzing with expectation!

Expectation is very high, and although that can seem pretty nerve-racking, I for one have very high expectations of the coming months.

My expectations are NOT that we MUST get it all right, first time and with every ‘i’ dotted and every ‘t’ crossed – that simply won’t happen, but we will aim for it.  We will be ironing out some hefty creases in the early weeks, no doubt about that.  In that respect, let’s see if we can out-do one another in our ‘grace thresholds’.  We are going to need to!

But my expectations are on another plain.  Remembering that we are acting on the initiation of God, His plans and purposes for us as a church as we move to a multisite model.  Jesus building of the church not only fills me with great relief and peace, but reminds me that I can fully expect great things!  After all, he’s the Senior Pastor!

My prayer for all of us this week and many that follow, is that we remember that at it’s heart, multisite is simply FOR the gospel and making Jesus famous in more localities than we are currently reaching.  Where the gospel gets proclaimed (not just through preaching but through everyday life), people will come to know Jesus – simple.

William Carey once said “Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God.”  We’ve been promised ‘quick fruit’, and expectation is high in light of the gospel.  If you are a CCK’er involved in this adventure, let’s go for it this coming week.  Raise your expectations of a God who is committed to us.

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