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August 18, 2014

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday, from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I hope you are enjoying #SharkSeries as much as I am! Yesterday, Stu taught us “How To Survive A Shark Attack” and it was great! Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. You’re not a victim, you’re a victor!
2. Because He overcame, I can overcome as well.
3. Your own personal garden of Gethsemane is meant for you to experience more of the presence of God in your life.
4. The pressure you feel, it is not meant to crush you, but it is God’s intention to bless you.
5. So don’t resist the olive press, just let it press on you, endure the pressure, it’s producing something great in you.
6. But in order for us to celebrate the empty tomb, there had to be a cross and crucifixion and death.
7. There is no excuse for a follower of Jesus Christ to live carrying an offense committed against them.
8. Unforgiveness only hurts you.
9. Surrender like, “I trust you God more than I trust must feelings, my emotions, my circumstances…I trust you more.”
10. I surrender, “Not my will, but yours be done.” I surrender, “Father, forgive them.”

August 11, 2014

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I hope you joined us for part 2 of #SharkSeries: “Don’t Be A Chumbag!” You can check it out here.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. Most of us are swimming in shark-infested waters.
2. We can’t necessarily avoid the sharks, but we can swim with them wisely.
3. You cannot get away from this truth: your friends matter… they impact the direction and the quality of your life.
4. The waters of social media are the perfect waters for sharks to swim.
5. These are two ways that will keep you from becoming a shark and will protect you from the sharks that we so often swim with…
6. #1. I Will Offer Unconditional Love, Not Unconditional Access.
7. If you’re spending every day with sharks, you’ll either become one or you’ll be attacked by one.
8. Sometimes who you unfriend is as important in your life as who you befriend!
9. #2. I Will Model The Way, Not Follow The Way.
10. When the light shows up in the darkness, the sharks will either change or flee.

August 7, 2014

Guest Post: Never Swim Alone

At WEC, we recently made some changes to how we do “Group” so I asked our Group guru, Melissa Horton, to share the updates with you on the blog today:

I love Group! I truly believe in our value that says: Everybody Needs a Group!

Recently, our team asked some hard questions to figure out why more people weren’t in a group. It turns out many were easy to fix! Now, you can join a group anytime by filling out a connection card or visiting the website. No more waiting for a House Party. To make Group more accessible we added more days and times AND different types of groups. You still need to commit to at least 8 weeks of Group but we’ve removed the 12-15 month requirement.

We changed the name from Community Group to Group, but our focus on Groups is not changing! If you’ve been in a group before, what Group looks like each week is still the same. We’re using the same curriculum but we’ll also be encouraging you to have more fun in group and to care and grow together by volunteering in the community.

If you haven’t been in Group before-this is your time. There are no more excuses! About 500 people got into a group this week because it has literally NEVER been easier to join a group than right now. Click here to join one today!

August 4, 2014

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. Yesterday, we kicked off the highly anticipated #SharkSeries! I hope you made it there, but if not, or if you need a refresher, you can check it out here.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. Never Swim Alone.
2. You’ll never get where God wants to take you ALONE.
3. #1. When I swim alone, I’m Missing The Right Perspective.
4. Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.
5. #2. When I swim alone, I Get Tired.
6. You need some people around you, swimming with you, reminding you and talking to you about Christ in you!
7. # 3. I Am Unprotected when I swim alone.
8. You need 5-10 people in your life that will drop what they’re doing in order to put you first when you need it the most.
9. Everybody Needs A Group.
10. It is impossible to grow spiritually if you’re not connected relationally.

July 30, 2014

Guest Post: Leaders’ Math

I asked Eddie Antle, Guest Services Manager at our Newport News campus, to speak at our last All Staff meeting. It was so good that I asked him to do a recap so that I could share it here on the blog. Enjoy!

Leaders’ Math

I firmly believe in setting up my leaders for success. But first, I must identify who they are.

Each Sunday, I am evaluating every person I come into contact with to see if they could be a leader. While evaluating, I am subconsciously asking these three questions, or my rule of three:

1. Is the person an entrepreneur? (i.e. innovative, decisive, proactive, efficient)
2. Is the person full of character? (i.e. honest, reliable, own mistakes)
3. Does the person love the organization? (i.e. understands and models core values)

If I can ask myself these three questions about someone and can answer “yes” to:

Any one question: potential to be a leader
Any two questions: good leader, or potential to be
All three questions: great leader, or potential to be

Once I have figured out who my leaders are, I need to develop them. In John Maxwell’s book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, he implores readers to “Develop the best. The best will take care of the rest.” I find that if I spend 80% of my time developing and investing in the best leaders on my team, they will turn around and invest in the rest.

Maxwell explains, “Leaders who attract followers… Grow by addition. Leaders who develop other leaders… Grow by multiplication.” If I attract two followers to my team, I attract their power and influence, but nothing more. However; if I attract two leaders to my team, not only do I get their power and influence, I also get the power and influence of all their followers.

Recently, I attempted to recruit Jeff to my team. He actually said no for a few months. But I didn’t give up because, based on my rule of three, I knew Jeff was a leader. Eventually, he said yes. Jeff is now a committed member of the team and consistently invites his followers to join as well.

So, sure, we can keep adding followers to our teams, adding one by one by one. Or, we can start adding leaders by using the rule of three, exponentially increasing our teams by them and all their followers. This works for me and I am willing to bet it can work for you as well.

July 28, 2014

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I hope you joined us for the conclusion of our Summer Concert Series yesterday because it was awesome! The bands were great, the choirs were a neat addition for the day, and Stu shared a message from Pastor Carl Lentz all about praise. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. Praise Can Be A Problem For Your Problem
2. Sometimes when the night is at its darkest, your praise needs to be at its loudest.
3. When you praise Him for how graceful He’s been to you, you realize you have no right or reason to hold back grace from anybody else.
4. Praise Has To Overcome Your Preference
5. At the end of the day, your praise has to be your priority, not your feeling.
6. We Praise God So We Don’t Forget Who He Is
7. #1 He’s Already Done More Than You Think He Has
8. #2 He’s Going To Do More Than You Think He Is Going To Do
9. How many times have I looked at the situation rather than the Savior?
10. Even when we’re faced with struggles in this life, and even when we’re confronted with challenges and difficulties and tests and trials, we can still praise our way through.

July 23, 2014

Video Update… Don’t Miss This Sunday!

July 21, 2014

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Stu’s Assistant, Katie. I hope you joined us for part 2 of our Summer Concert Series. If you missed it, you can check it out here. These are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. Worship, at the most basic and foundational level, is simply responding to what we see.
2. Even if you’re not looking for Jesus, Jesus is still looking for you.
3. One moment in the presence of Jesus can change everything!
4. Nothing is ever wasted in God’s economy.
5. God has a way of taking our worst and still using them for our best.
6. Your problems become Jesus’ opportunity.
7. Do you know how much spit it takes to make mud?
8. Obedience is key if you want to see Jesus for who He is.
9. When I see what God has done for me, I have to respond in worship.
10. Worship happens when we obey what God says and remember what God did.

July 16, 2014

Video Update… Baptism at the Beach!

July 14, 2014

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I hope you joined us yesterday as we kicked off our Summer Concert Series! The music was great and so was the preaching! Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. I, for one, am incredibly thankful for our bands, I’m incredibly thankful for the music we use and I love the fact that it leads to life change.
2. We gather…every single week for a concert where we are, in fact, not the audience, instead we are the band and we play for the audience of one – His name is Jesus Christ and He is the one that we gather for.
3. This is why you have a little empathy for old Eutychus, I on the other hand as a preacher read this story and think to myself, “he got what he deserved!”
4. I want to give you today two questions that I think can help Eutychus-proof your experience.
5. How Did You Come?
6. When you arrive expecting God to work, you never leave disappointed.
7. What Did You Bring?
8. I need some time in my life where God gets bigger so everything else in my life will get smaller.
9. Bring your praise, bring your service…bring your offering.
10. You can experience the presence of God no matter what you brought, no matter how you came, you can meet Him here.