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Let’s Celebrate What Happened in 2013

I truly believe that 2014 is going to be the greatest year that Vertical Church has EVER experienced. The best way to encounter a new year is to think back on the one that is behind you and 2013 had some incredible highs. Take a moment and remember with me two thousand and thirteen:

We began the year with a journey towards increasing our faith in God with “The Path”. It was during this series that we learned about

  • The Application Trail (“Application isn’t just a facet of following God – It’s a PATH that God uses to increase our faith.”)   
  • The Discipline Trail (Spiritual Discipline is doing what you don’t want to do now so you can do what you do want to do later.)
  • The Relationship Trail (God uses people to increase our faith in Him.)
  • The Missionary Trail (Our responsibility is to do what WE know to do then trust Him to do what HE does. God is not looking for the most talented people, He’s looking for the most willing people.)
In February we continued the year on a high by celebrating our 2nd birthday on the first Sunday of the year. We were thankful for all who wished us a happy birthday:

Our next series was “Big C, Little C” (“BIG C is the Church, little c is me – what God does in this world, He does as WE.”). It was during this series that we learned what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.

It was also during this series that we ordained John Paul Deaver as our connections pastor and David Collins as our Lumberton Location Pastor. We love all of our Pastors and are so thankful for all they do at VC.



In March Vertical became ONE church in TWO locations as we began our Vertical Bladen location at Bladen Community College. Since the beginning of Vertical we have had an incredible group of people serving from Bladen. Now it’s time for us to reach the people of Bladen County. Vertical Church is FOR Bladen.

We also began a very powerful series that hit a major truth in so many lives – without Jesus I have a “Hole in my Soul”. It was during this series that the picture on the right took place – a day when hundreds of people were forgiven of past hurts in our relationships. I will never forget the sound of the cracking of those paint stirrers along with the sounds of weeping across those auditoriums in both locations… I am so thankful to be part of a church where life change happens. The video below was from the “H.I.M.S” series:

In April YOU chose what we preached and taught at Vertical with our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Series and man was it challenging. You directed us to take on all of the following subjects:

  • Homosexuality, Tattoos, cremation, marriage and recognization in heaven, and suicide
  • Couples living together, gambling, why do bad things happen to good people,
  • Is it ok for christians to drink alcohol, Are ghosts real?, Can people lose their salvation

We also experienced this gem of a video:

In May we had an INCREDIBLE Night of Worship at the Vertical Bladen Location. This night was unforgettable and so moving. It was also the night that we sent our Worship Arts Pastor Jon Lloyd off to Pittsburgh to begin Steel City Church.


SUMMER 2013 was headlined by a bible character series titled, “Summer Blockbusters”. It was during the SB series that Vertical Church learned how deep our church is with preachers as our pastors brought messages live at all of our locations. We had the opportunity to hear from Joey Autry (Esther), Brandon Meadows (Abraham and Isaac),  David Collins (Daniel in the Lion’s Den) as well as Donnie and myself (Noah).

It was also during this series that Vertical participated in our first mission trip to NYC!! What an awesome experience as we teamed with our friends from Fusion Church, Spring Lake and Metro NY Baptist to minister to South Asian people’s in Jackson Heights, Queens for a week. Life changing for all who attended.


August brought us to our “White Flag” series, a study of the book of Jonah, where we called our people to surrender. We also talked about the truth that “Your chaos is causing chaos for everyone else in your life.” During WF we really pressed in on prayer. We fasted, we had prayer lunches and we called people to pray for those in their lives that need Christ. It was a humbling series that really refocused us after summer.

We also ended summer with a great Family Get together by gathering at White Lake Water Park for Splash Fest. This event is not only great fun, it’s a great event where families have the opportunity to meet others at VC.

September brought us into the “No Perfect People Allowed” series. Amazing that people (church people) actually asked us does that mean Jesus isn’t allowed at Vertical because HE IS perfect. Sigh… We talked about ROCKS during this series (see picture and THIS POST) NPPA was an incredible series that brought freedom and forgiveness of sins. We saw many salvations through this series by God’s grace as well as 36 baptisms over a 2 week period between both of our locations including the incredible baptism story below:

It was also during September that FUZE, our student ministry, moved to their new location at Bill Sapp Recreation Center. By the end of the semester they were ministering to over 130 students weekly. We are so excited for what is to come!!!

October not only brought our series of one of the greatest truths you will ever learn: “Who i am > Who i was”, it also brought our yearly LOVE WEEK where Vertical gets outside the walls of the church to serve inside our community. We served thousands of people through LOVE WEEK as a church racking up hundreds of hours. We are already looking forward to LOVE WEEK 2014!

In November we pressed into a blessing of the believer with our series, “the Whisper”.  It was a blessing to see so many working to grow in their ability to hear and respond to the whisper of God.

We just finished December – One of the great parts of Christmas was on the evening of December 15 we gathered with our VKIDZ at the Holiday Inn Ballroom for the VIDZ Night of Worship. It’s always a great night of encouragement when we celebrate the season and Jesu with our Kidz. McGee and team did a great job putting together a great family event.

I certainly hope that you were able to be part of a great Christmas holiday season, especially with our Christmas service, “The Song of the Season”. Not only was it an incredible evening but that day saw 18 people make a profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Savior.









Here are some other noteworthy stats for 2013:

  • In 2013 Vertical gave over $31,000 towards mission work both here locally and around our world
  • We were able to give 12,800 to Church Planting Partnerships through the Vertical Church Planting Center.
  • We helped people with personal needs locally to the amount of $2,700.
  • And because of your giving we baptized 75 people – bringing our total to close to 300 in the last 33 months!!!
Isn’t that encouraging?!?  We need to CELEBRATE what God has done in our midst this year. I am so thankful to be a part of a church that is committed to


2014 is gonna be off the chain! See you Sunday.

Night of Worship is THIS SUNDAY NITE!!!

The last time that Vertical Church did a “Night of Worship” was November 12. 2011. It was a powerful night of music, vision, and sensing that God was in our midst. It’s been too long.

Vertical Bladen at Bladen Community College

The thing that I love best about a “Night of Worship” is the opportunity to unhurriedly spend time praising God through singing, having time to pray and to celebrate and remember the sacrifice that Jesus Himself provided by participating in communion together.

This Sunday night at 6:30 is our next “Night of Worship”. We are having it at the Bladen Location but this is not a Vertical Bladen NOW, this is a Vertical church-wide event. Having NOW at the Lumberton location is not an option due to movies showing in the evenings.

This is going to be an INCREDIBLE evening of worship. If you love the music of Vertical Worship and think, “I wish we had more music…” this is the night for you. The elements going along with the music are going to take it over the top!

Here are all the details:

Where: Vertical Bladen Location at Bladen Community College
When: June 2nd, 6:30 pm
Who: Everyone is invited!!

Lumberton peeps – don’t miss this because it’s not in Ltown (it’s under 20 mins) – you WILL regret it if you do – this is gonna be an evening we’ll remember for a long time!

Some Mom’s Gonna Get PAID!!!

You ever notice how Mother’s Day at church is always the same? Churches love to give prizes to:

  • Oldest mom present.
  • Mom with the most kids
  • Newest mom
  • Mom with the hottest wig (Not really)

You know Vertical Church is gonna flip things, right?!?

Get out your phone or your cameras because this Sunday, Mother’s Day, at Vertical Church 3 mom’s are gonna get paid. We are looking for the mom who can capture the best CRAZY pic:

  • Most kidz in a car (be creative – hint: It doesn’t have to be JUST your kidz)
  • Messiest playroom (We know that some Vertical kidz can straight tear UP a playroom)
  • The Craziest, Maddest, “mom-face” (Don’t be acting all churchy – some of y’all got “a look” that the kidz know you mean biznez!)

Here’s how you enter:

  • Post it on the Vertical Church facebook page.
  • You can twitpic your picture on twitter – tag us @lookvertical
  • You can put it on Instagram – tag us lookvertical
  • You can text the pic to
  • Pics are due this Friday (May 10) by 6pm – so get them in!!!

The winner of each category will win a $100 Visa gift card. We will reveal the winners at Sunday’s Vertical Mother’s Day Service which, BY THE WAY, is gonna be awesome!!

So Once again, BE CREATIVE, have fun, post to your wall and let’s see who’s got what it takes to GET PAID!!!

Preparing to Be 1 Church in 2 Locations

On June 1st of 2009, Donnie Paschall (Vertical Executive Pastor) and I began a fast seeking God for direction concerning the discontent and stirring within our hearts. One of the overwhelming leadings that we both individually sensed during that time was that God was not only calling us to start a church (GULP!!!), He was calling us to start a church that would start churches. We felt that God wanted to use this future ministry to reach people throughout our region. We felt that this was about more than 1 building. I cannot believe that in 10 days we will be 1 Church in 2 Locations.

I am excited about this opportunity that we have to meet in Lumberton AND at Bladen Community College.

What kind of preparations have we been making to be ready for this paradigm shift within our ministry?

  • We have been purchasing equipment, securing finances, designing signage…
  • We have been planning campaigns, making preparations…
  • We have been thinking through systems and making sure that we understand what makes Vertical, “vertical”.
  • Last night we had 2 bands rehearsing at our rehearsal space. 2 locations means 2 excellent, Vertical Worship’s.
  • We have been training and empowering leadership to lead Vertical Bladen in a “vertical” way. We are making sure that  our vertical dna be the same in Bladen leaders that it is in Lumberton leaders.
  • We are striving to be as ready as we can be. Will there be challenges? Absolutely! But we will deal with them as they come. This is about 96 thousand people – people who don’t attend anyone’s church.

One of the things I am most excited about is our Bladen Location Pastor, Joey Autry. I BELIEVE IN THIS DUDE!!!! HE FIRES ME UP!!! I know that God brought Joey into our ministry from this reason. The moment discussion began about him joining our team we recognized that God was probably bringing him to Vertical to TAKE VERTICAL BACK to Bladen County. He is equipped, prepared and ready to help people in Bladen County who don’t like church meet God!

This weekend, as we close our series, “BIG C, little c”, I will talk more about how we will be 1 church in 2 locations.

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