Written on Wednesday, November 17th, 2010
This morning at 8am, the Vertical Lead Team along with various partners and leaders of ministries met at Cinema Four Theaters, our future home. The purpose of this meeting was to meet with Eric Bako, a consultant/project manager with Church on Wheels, a company that helps churches to be mobile.
The reason I'm writing this today is I wanted to share with you my heart – I want you to know how I am feeling right now.
If you're a part of Vertical you already know my story – how for years I felt God tugging at my heart to create a church, a different kind of church, that helps people who don't like church meet God. What I didn't know as we journeyed towards this was what and who it would take to do this. This morning, as I observed different members of my team, representing different areas of OUR church to Eric, my heart filled with joy. As Donnie, Joey and I looked at each other with big smiles we were THANKFUL that God, in His Sovereign plan, brought such knowledgeable and talented people our way.
I can't believe the team that God has placed around me. I am a blessed man, blessed with wonderful friends and partners in the minstry of saving the souls of men, women, boys and girls. I understand today how much I need all of you.
As we walked through that theater, the actual building that Vertical will call home, we realized that this was the 1st time we had all been there together. Today, we dreamed. Today, we saw. Today, faith was realized. Today, we put in motion a plan that will help us live out God's plan for His church, initiated through us.
Today, we dreamed. Today, we saw. Today, faith was realized. Today, we put in motion a plan that will help us live out God's plan for His church, initiated through us.
Here's what you must know: what we are out to do is hard; it's unusual and will be a huge challenge. Your investment of time and finances will be daring but our common vision will be filled with an audacious faith that I believe together will allow us to see Acts 8:8 become a reality in this region – "So there was great joy in that city" – Our region needs joy, the joy of the Lord that only comes from the grace-filled salvation of Jesus Christ.
I believe in Jesus' call upon my life and I believe in Vertical Church's call to this region. I believe in you, I love you and am so very priviledged that you would choose me to be your Pastor.
Let's change this region. Together.