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October 1, 2014

Video Update… What’s In Your Office?

September 29, 2014

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I hope that you joined us yesterday for Baptism Sunday and an awesome message from Stu. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. It is wise to live with the perspective that life is too short.
2. Life’s Too Short To Live In Fear.
3. I’m talking about all kinds of fears that we live with that hold us back from experiencing God’s best and making the most of the moments that He gives to us.
4. Fear and stress and anxiety are all related.
5. Fear, I believe, is one of the Devil’s greatest tactics to get you to miss out on the life God wants you to live.
6. Our God is so big that our problems don’t scare Him, our challenges don’t stress Him.
7. Fear drives you in a pit and fear keeps you there.
8. When your view of you is different than God’s view of you, God is always right!
9. Faith is the antidote to fear.
10. Fear says, “I can’t” but faith says, “God can!”

September 26, 2014

Ministry Leadership 101: Make BOLD Asks

My staff recently took a month to focus on recruiting volunteers. For the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing a few of the lessons they learned.

Lesson #1: You have to make The Bold Ask. Before you ever make a bold ask to a volunteer, you make a bold ask to God. My staff has been praying 1 Chronicles 4:10. It says, “Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.”

Jabez said to God “enlarge my territory” or in other words-expand my influence. Give me more opportunities! Give me more volunteers! Give me a chance to tell someone about my church! I’ve challenged my staff to use this prayer to get specific with God on how they can grow their influence.

Once you’ve made a bold ask from God you need to act on it. Like the verse says, He will grant your request. He will give you great ideas or incredible opportunities to expand your influence. Act on those ideas and opportunities and He will continue to bless you and to literally “enlarge your territory”!

September 25, 2014

5 Things I Want To Say To Every WEC’er Today

1. We are baptizing THIS Sunday!
Baptism Sundays are my absolute favorite! Baptism is a huge step of obedience for a Christ Follower and it’s a huge celebration of our mission. Don’t miss this Sunday. And if you haven’t been baptized since becoming a Christ Follower, register to be baptized today at watersedgechurch.net/baptism.

2. We have THE best students on the planet!
Nearly 500 students packed out our Newport News campus last night for ONE…and it was incredible! Our students were more responsive last night in worship and to the message than I have ever seen them. Their passion and intensity is inspiring!

3. 10.5 is coming!
Mark your calendars and get ready for 10.5! It’s going to be a special day…that’s all I’m going to say about that.

4. It Matters – so continue giving!
Our It Matters Initiative pays for future expansion and is funding our current Yorktown Campus expansion. The silt fence is up, utilities are marked, and trees have been limbed up and are ready to be taken down. We are literally waiting for one final authorization from the county and our project will be full steam ahead.

5. Your bad attitude paid off!
Because so many of you gave generously through your “life’s too short for your bad attitude” envelopes, we’ll be taking an additional $7,500 to El Salvador to bless people with good attitudes!

September 22, 2014

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. Yesterday, Stu continued our series “Life’s Too Short.” If you missed it, you need to check it out. These are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. Life’s Too Short To Live In The Past.
2. I have a sense today that there are far too many of us who are allowing yesterday’s pain to control today’s potential.
3. Your history does not determine your destiny.
4. Let it go! All right? Let the past go!
5. There’s more in store for you and if you dwell in the past it causes you to miss what God wants to do in the present and in the future.
6. We energize our history at the expense of our destiny.
7. Your past is not wasted… leave it in the past, God will use it in your future.
8. Just when you think your past is too great to overcome… the King sends for you to remind you that if you’re not dead He’s not done.
9. I want to declare over every son or daughter of the King today, over every child of God today, that your past does not determine your future, that God has more in store for you, that your history does not determine your destiny.
10. Do not let the past steal from what God wants to do for you in the future, because if you’ll let it go, watch and see as God will make it all new and He’ll restore to you what your past has stolen from you.

September 19, 2014

10 Best Quotes from “The E-Myth Revisited” by Michael Gerber

Have you ever noticed that when read a book for the 2nd time, you get more out of it than the 1st time? Years ago, I read The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber based on the recommendation of a mentor and I liked it. But this week, I re-read it and I loved it! Here are the 10 best quotes, in my humble opinion:

- “Your business is nothing more than a distinct reflection of who you are.”
- “The work of an entrepreneur is to wonder…to imagine and to dream…I call it future work.”
- “Businesses that get ‘small again,’ die. They literally implode upon themselves.”
- “Simply put, your job is to prepare yourself and your business for growth.”
- “Work on your business, not in it.”
- “What could your prototype do that would not only provide consistent value to your customers, employees, suppliers, and lenders but would provide it beyond their wildest expectations?”
- “Great businesses are not built by extraordinary people but by ordinary people doing extraordinary things.”
- “Documentation says, this is how we do it here. Without documentation, all routinized word turns into exceptions. Documentation provides your people with the structure they need and with a written account of how to get the job done in the most efficient and effective way.”
- “Quantify everything.”
- “Create an environment in which ‘doing it’ is more important to your people than not doing it. Where ‘doing it’ well becomes a way of life for them.”

If you lead a church, organization, or business, The E-Myth Revisited is a book for you!

September 18, 2014

3 Multisite Realities You Have To See To Believe

At Waters Edge Church, we LOVE multisite. Opening campuses closer to where people live and work is a huge part of the vision of our church and the mission we are on. I have to admit though, when we prepared to go multisite back in 2010, I had some doubts. But now, I’ve seen it and I believe it. Here are 3 multisite realities that I had to see to believe:

1. Video Teaching Works. I wondered: Will people really come to church to watch a preacher on a screen? Will they respond? Will people leave by the masses? The reality I’ve seen and now believe is that video teaching works! In fact, at our Easter services this year the percentage of people who publicly responded to the invitation was greater on the campuses watching via video than live, in-person preaching. I think video teaching is better! It’s the only teaching I get and I love it. After all, I’d much rather watch a movie on a screen than a play in-person!

2. The Campus Pastor Is The Key. When we launched our first campus in 2011, we did it without a campus pastor. Needless to say, we haven’t made that mistake again. The right campus pastor is critical to the success of our multisite strategy. They champion the multisite approach, carry my vision and the DNA of our church to their individual campus, and provide the care and connectedness that makes multisite so incredibly effective. Our Campus Pastors allow our BIG church to still feel SMALL!

3. Multisite Changes EVERYTHING! I assumed that statement was just an exaggeration the first time I heard it. But I’ve seen it and I believe it – EVERYTHING changes with multisite. From preaching to communications, HR to security protocol, website design to assimilation strategies, get ready to work hard and initiate change when you embrace the multisite model.

Here we are, four years and five campuses into multisite. It’s been the best ministry decision we’ve ever made and all I can say is that you have to see it to believe it.

September 15, 2014

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I hope you joined us yesterday for “Life’s Too Short For Your Bad Attitude.” Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. I want to help you in this series learn how to live with the perspective of 41 million minutes, how to live making the most of the time that we’ve been given.
2. Our attitudes are so often dictated by what we receive.
3. Anything less than thanksgiving is actually a bad attitude and life’s too short for your bad attitude.
4. I would double dog dare you to compare your plight of life against Paul’s plight in life any old day.
5. Stop allowing what you receive to determine your response, but instead, start with your response and allow it to determine what you receive.
6. Despite what you receive from this world, always keep in mind, you’ve received a gift from another world, the greatest gift ever given, the gift of Jesus Christ, and if you’ve received that gift you should live forever thankful.
7. Here’s the challenge: for the next 6 days I want to challenge you to live without grumbling or complaining at all.
8. We’re actually going to take it to El Salvador with us on our trip in just a few weeks…so your bad attitude can bless somebody with a good attitude!
9. They started to think to themselves what you and I should think to ourselves today, and that is that our God is good, our God is powerful, our God is strong, our God is a help, our God comes to us in our time of need, and our God deserves gratefulness!
10. Life’s too short to live with a bad attitude, so let’s live with a grateful one instead.

September 10, 2014

Video Update… What’s In Your Office?

September 8, 2014

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I hope you joined us for part 1 of “Life’s Too Short” yesterday! Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. We gotta make the most of our time – we gotta learn how to use our time wisely.
2. Just channel the inner Mr. T for a moment… “I pity the fool.”
3. While you have no control over when you die or how you die, listen to me, you have control over how you live.
4. Life’s Too Short To Miss The Point.
5. In the middle of our storms, Jesus always comes to us.
6. Life’s Too Short To Miss The Point Of Who Jesus Is.
7. Jesus is the hope of the world.
8. Life’s Too Short Not To Live For Him.
9. Jesus has a plan for your life that is infinitely better than any plan you could ever come up with on your own for your life and doing life His way is the only real way to live.
10. The most important question in that moment is this: Did he know who Jesus is? Did she live her life for him?