2013 has been a whirlwind of a year for Ridge Church. Christmas Eve was a fitting exclamation point on what was a year full of growth and life change. Our church doubled in attendance the past year and so did our Christmas Eve service. The highlight of Christmas Eve was seeing people engage in the service and respond to the Gospel. Crowd Hero wasn't too shabby either! And, while standing room only for over 70 adults was exciting on one hand it was an indication that we need to rethink our strategy next year:) Thanks for a great year! Thanks to each of you that have INVITED friends, CONNECTED in groups, SERVED at Ridge and Piney Grove, and GIVEN of your resources to this mission. Leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus is our mission but each of you are the fuel pushing it forward. I can't wait to see what God does through all of us collectively throughout 2014!
Here's our last E-News blast of 2013 with important info concerning the next few weeks: Ridge E-News
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
There are just some people or some things that have our number. They own us. And there are days we feel just as powerless by the challenges we face in life. Some of us are owned by our past regrets. For others it's the uncertainty of the future. Regardless of what owns us, we all want to be free. That's what this new 2-part series is all about. Join us at Ridge Church as myself and Patrick Mitchell dive into this concept. Spread the word!
Sunday, September 22, 2013
One of our core values as an organization is "Fun". Our filter for this is the question, "How are we creating memorable experiences?" In our creative and planning meetings we often talk about that one moment that people will want to tweet about or tell their co-worker about. Fun is disarming and typically engaging. We did a free, fun, family, photo booth in our foyer during our recent "Future Family" series. It turned out incredible. It was so fun watching families "have fun" together. Check out the highlight video!
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
We have two phrases that we've adopted/crafted over time that capture the full heart and intentions of our church. One of those phrases is that, "We want to create a place where people can belong even before they believe." It sounds good on paper and makes for a good tweet or facebook status but to be completely honest, in reality it's messy. When you create an environment that actively pursues this you can no longer make broad sweeping agenda statements about categories of people---instead you are forced to have conversations with "friends". Sometimes the conversations are hard and emotional! It's messy, but when you get it right---It's powerful and the result is epic life change. We have embraced our destiny to move toward the messes. As a result We've seen a lot of life change in the last 5 years. Can't wait to see what the next 5 years hold in store. Here's a snap shot of our 5 years of since our first Sunday morning service at Ridge Church:
Sunday, September 1, 2013
It's surreal looking back to our humble beginnings. We had 12-13 people at our very first interest meeting for Ridge Church in 2006 (we didn't even have a name yet). Between 2006-2007, through a series of about 40 evening pre-view services and worship gatherings, we developed a core team of about 30-40 people to help launch Ridge Church. Then in 2008 we had our very first Sunday morning worship service. Since that time our people have truly committed themselves to doing literally all that they could do to support this mission AND we have watched God do what only he can do...over and over again. This Sunday we'll celebrate 5 years of life change. It is literally remarkable how much things have grown and changed. This will be an epic celebration. Don't miss out! The next chapter is yet to be written. We would love for you to be part of it...show up early if you want a good parking spot. The opener will be too good to miss!
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
One of our distinctives at Ridge Church is our commitment to partnering with families. We leverage significant staff and budget resources toward what we call our "family ministries" (birth-12th grade). This summer we threw the biggest celebration in our history as we baptized 8 teenagers. It was an epic night. Prepare to be blown away as you watch this video. It's 18 minutes long and was embedded in a night of celebration with an overflowing, energy filled auditorium. Trust me...it will be the best 18 minutes of your day! This is our mission in motion:
Monday, May 27, 2013
I'm a big fan of "young life", a campus ministry that aims to connect with students that might not typically attend a church. In fact, we have tried to structure our church in a similar way--we want to connect with adults that might not typically attend a church. I love Patrick's story. He became a follower of Jesus because some friends had the courage to invite him to Young Life. Now as a young adult he decided to publicly profess his faith and identify himself with Jesus through Baptism. I'm grateful that Ridge Church gets to be even a small part of stories like this!