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Multi-Site musings #9…

7 weeks in and all is going great.  Well, there are the ‘little foxes that spoil the vineyard’, but hey, I’ve got broad shoulders!

So what’s great?

~ 200+ gathered every week so far (yes, I am counting women & children!)

~ new faces EVERY week!  This is phenomenal, and many are connecting. So good to hear their stories

~ needing to multiply small groups very sharpish!

~ learning to harness newly passionate people

~ best of all, 7 weeks ago there was no church.  Now there is 🙂

We’ve also gone crazy and started an Alpha right from the kick-off.  There were 10 guests last night!

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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.

Multi-Site musings #6…

Funny month, August. Everyone is away!  Often Ali and I would be away somewhere warm or relaxing (guaranteeing both can be pricey!),  but this year the horizon looks different.

If I listen real carefully, I can hear the sound of something approaching….. Yes!  The Shoreham Site of Church of Christ the King is coming fast!  As I write this short piece there are 46 days remaining before we publicly launch.  We are putting up a ‘front door’ to the Shoreham, Southwick, Mile Oak, Fishergate, Portslade areas and surrounds, inviting all to meet Jesus.

That’s what we’ve done in the City centre at New England (and will do at the Racecourse in early 2012), and literally hundreds have connected to us this year alone!  This is what we are longing for in the West…….many new people connecting to us and having their lives changed.

As you can imagine, the planning processes for launch are red hot, and may I take this opportunity to say a HUGE thank you to the dozens of folk who have volunteered for teams and even leadership roles in all areas of church life.

If you’re part of this new Site and thinking, ‘Hang on, I need to get in on the act!’, then great. Look to connect with a Shoreham Sunday team of one sort or another.  We do need you and would love you to serve.  Areas include COG’s, Welcome, Connect, Tech, Set-Up etc.  Or perhaps it’s time for you to step up and lead a Small Group (gulp!).

Finally, a reminder that we have two ‘Pre-Launch’ Sundays (Sept 11th & 18th) where we will effectively ‘do’ church together, with all the teams running, including worship and preaching, just so we get it right on the 25th Sept when we go public.

Bring it on…

Multi-Site musings #5…

Last Sunday was a brilliant picnic time together in our local Shoreham park!  We had around 80 adults (plus voluminous offspring!) munching pork pies and the like.

Just looking around was a real thrill.  It occurred to me that our own Shoreham rabble, much like the early church, must have been a sight of curiousity to onlookers.  The strong community feel is magnetic, and whilst none of us is perfect (or have life sorted) there is a slot for us to fill.

With hospitality being the upcoming theme for the next few weeks at CCK (check the trailer here), let’s continue to work extra hard at being that welcoming, loving community that excludes nobody.

When did you last host a meal, or suggest a pub crawl, or whatever?  In my book, community doesn’t always come naturally to us.  It can be terrifying, or we can feel inadequate or out of place.  That’s why we dont rely on our own strength to pull it off, but trust God for the building of community and all of its challenges.  Go for it!  Kicking off multisite with this in our hearts will bring added steel to the launch of CCK Shoreham, which is now only a matter of weeks away on Sept 25th!

Multi-Site musings #4…

After the TOAM Conference next week, we (at CCK) will be entering the final 10 weeks of planning and preparation for the launch of the Shoreham Site!

It was so encouraging this week to gather with a large number (100+) who will be launching with us, and for over 75% to sign up to serve in some way was just humbling and awesome.

There is a ton of prep going on (as you can imagine), and the team is motoring toward a high quality, Jesus-honouring start to this new God-appointed venture.

I love this church……….Jesus’ church.  This next phase for us is HUGE, but we have a God who is way bigger than we can imagine, way more committed than we could ever be, way more jealous for His glory than we muster.  That brings a peaceful confidence to my heart.  Hope it does to yours too…..

Multi-Site musings #3…

Going ‘multisite’ as a church is a challenge.  That’s the bottom line!

The nuts and bolts of delivery are numerous, let alone the vision-casting, communication of plans, taking good & faithful friends on a journey etc.

All of this requires us to be ‘multi-sighted’…….. Yes.  Taking a view that doesn’t mean all our personal preferences get met.  That’s what I call being ‘short-sighted’.

We must see this change as maximising gospel-impact.  That’s the goal, let’s not neglect it.

Our own journey has so far been exhilarating!  Here’s some of what we’ve learnt……

http://ccklife.cck.org.uk/towards-multisite-10-things-weve-learnt-so-far/

CCK Shoreham – Prayer/Fast Day #3

Top work if you’ve pushed through this far!

In fact, whatever you’ve managed, I’ve really appreciated the act of joint prayer and the sense of togetherness over these few days.  I know many of you have hooked up for mutual encouragement and trust that it’s been of benefit on many levels.

The reality is, the whole church are involved in this next phase of church life.  Retaining our identity as ‘one church’ will have it’s challenges, but we must fight for it.  ‘Strengthening and lengthening’ is what we are doing.

Ok, here is what to go for in prayer today………

~ for God to provide us with the perfect venue that meets all our needs and exceeds our expectations.  This is HUGE!  Please feel every permission to dream!

~ for a great few joint Zone gatherings together (1st one planned for May @ the Ropetackle) 

Thanks for ‘co-labouring’ in this short but valuable fast.  What’s next?  Lots of momentum building between now and the Autumn.  We’ll keep you posted on all the news…

And today?  Keep praying, get to your Zone meeting tonight (Adur or Harbour), enjoy God and each other, and expect Him to speak and show us favour.

It’s what He does for His people!