Here we grow!

This past weekend we hosted the third Disciple Now since I’ve been here. It was absolutely incredible (check my blog later this week for a D-Now follow-up). God did amazing things in our minstry, and is continuing to do so. In fact, we are happy to announce the addition of a staff member to our student ministry team. Frank Vaughn will be joining First Baptist Church as a student ministry associate. His main roles will be speaking on Wednesday nights and hanging out with students at their schools. Frank is a full time student evangelist, so he is gone most weekends. He will be here during the week to minster to our students and give fresh and life-changing teaching.
You may be wondering why I will not be speaking every Wednesday. Don’t worry- I’m still minister to students and I’ll still be on the 4th floor. However, as our new contemporary service is expanding, my preaching resposibilities at the new service (and other services) has expanded. I’ll now be speaking on most Sunday mornings somewhere on campus. So in order to make sure the Sunday message is getting what it needs, and to make sure the Wednesday message is getting what it needs, as a staff we felt this was a great investment to make.
Frank will be speaking for the first time tomorrow evening (Wed., February 11) at our student service. We’ll have a little reception after the service for you to get to meet him. Please feel free to send him an email and welcome him to LaGrange. His email address is: frankvaughn1@gmail.com. See y’all tomorrow night!

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Getting Ready For The New Service

  • I can’t believe it, but our launch date for the new service is upon us! Here’s the schedule we’re looking at: On September 7, we’ll have a volunteer orientation after church. We’ll feed everybody, see where they want to plug in, and show them what to do. On September 14, we’ll have a “dress rehearsal” type service in the gym. We’ll do a full worship set, Dr. Baxter will preach, etc. We just want to make sure we have one week to do a test run. September 21 will be our official kick off date. I hope September 21 is the date that FBC LaGrange starts rocking our community!
  • I wanted to post some pictures of what’s going on in the gym. These were taken from my camera phone, so they’re not the greatest. But you can at least see what is happening. The audio/visual installation people will be back Wednesday to finish the job, so check my blog this week. I will post more pictures as they work.
  • Here’s the gym before anything was done.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Here a picture of the drape truss. A black drape will run behind the stage to give it less of a “gym” feel and also allow our production team to move back and forth without being seen. Also, the front of the drape will be white and we can use our LED lights to change colors for atmosphere purposes.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Here’s a picture looking towards where the front of the stage will be. It’s kind of hard to see everything, but from the ceiling, A LOT of eqipment has already been flown (hung). We’ve already got 3 projectors, 3 widescreen format screens, 4 speakers, 2 subwoofers, and 2 sets of ellipsoidal lights (12 total lights). They’ve still got to hang the LED lights, and the house lighting.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Stay tuned! More to come soon!

Getting Ready For The New Service

  • Just wante to let all my church folks know the status of the new service. We are all really excited about it. Several weeks ago, we ordered some AWESOME equiment from PDH Systems in Atlanta. Our install date is July 28.
  • Some of the core team is going around right now and visiting different churches to see what we like/don’t like about their contemporary service. This past weekend we visited Mountainlake Church in Cumming, GA. It was so awesome! Great worship, relevant teaching, and most importantly, a church that cared that you came. I know their two lead pastors, Shawn Lovejoy and David Putman, and I love their heart for church planters and healthy churches. I want to thank them for their influence on my view of church health, and what it looks like to reach out to the unchurched and dechurched.
  • This SUnday morning our team is going to First Baptist Opelika, AL. I think it will be a very apples-to-apples comparison. Like us, they are an old SBC church that has stepped out to embrace a new service while still doing a traditional/blended service. I cant wait to let you know how it goes!

Mission Tour Diary- Day 6

  • Yesterday was a LONG, but fun, day. We went to Niagra Falls or our fun day. We sang at the visitors center in the morning, then had a chance to be tourist for the rest of the day. Niagra Falls was so beautiful and a testimony to the creative genius of our maker. We  didnt leave the park until about 11:00 last night. We stayed and watched a fireworks show at the Falls. Here are some pics from yesterday:

 

 

 

 

 

  • Collin, McCauley, Kirk, and Chick Magnet at the Falls:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • And finally, Marcel with the plastic snake he bought:

Mission Tour Diary- Day #5

  • We had an INCREDIBLE day of ministry today. We started the day off with Dunkin’ Donuts (America runs on Dunkin’) and drove about an hour to Rochester, NY. Our students performed at a Teen Challenge and it was amazing. God has blessed our group by allowing them to hear amazing life-change testimonies, and He continued that today. We heard from several men who spoke about how God had freed them from their addiction. About how God was sufficient for them. One 20 year old male shared at the very end of the service. It rocked our students because he looked just like them. He came from a well-to-do family, he just searched for fulfillment in the wrong people and places. Last week he overdosed on herion and his friends threw him out of a moving car in Syracuse. I reminded our students that LaGrange High and Troup High are full of students like this- desperately seeking fulfillment and purpose in thier lives. It was awesome!
  • After Teen Challenge, we went to a mall for lunch. I really wanted one of those Chinese massages, but didnt have time. 😦 Maybe soon, haha.
  • AFter lunch, we decided to take the scenic route to our evening concert to that our whole group could see Lake Erie. So we went about an hour and a half out of the way to the state park, only to find that they wanted to charge our group an exorbitant amont of money to look at the lake for 10 minutes. I figure that it cant be much better than West Point Lake. 🙂
  • On the way to the next concert, our whole group pulled over on the side of the road at a fruit stand in Waterport, NY. It was so random, but really cool. Everyone bought fresh fruit that was really good. They had cherries, grapes, watermelons, plums, etc. Even homemade pies. Praise Jesus! Here’s a picture of the fruit stand:

 

 

 

 

 

  • This evening our students performed for a Celebrate Recovery service and it was awesome. We were able to establish some great relationships during a fellowship time after the performance. One woman wanted us to pray because she had brought several non-believers who are on the verge of giving their hearts to Jesus. Pray for them in your quiet time today. We also want to ask for you to pray for a young lady named Shawnee (the area we were in had a high Native American population). Shawnee has a serious liver disease, and unless she gets a transplant soon, the odds are not good. We also loved on a precious little boy name Ray. (or Lil’ Ray-Ray as I called him.) Lil Ray-Ray was a precious boy with autism that wanted to sing for our group as we were leaving. Our group loved him because he was in the back of the church doing the moon walk during the song “Living Water,” and liked to wink at the girls in our group.  Here’s a video of Lil Ray-Ray singing for our group:
  • Tomorrow (Friday) our group is singing at Niagra Falls! How exciting! We will leave about 9:45 a.m. Pray for a fun and safe day, and many chances to share the gospel. We miss you all. Love you Katie and Charlie!

Vote For Us!!!!

  • Our student ministry is blessed with an awesome worship team. We have officially entered J93’s Battle of the Praise Bands. Here’s the deal: Your votes matter! Please click HERE or go to www.j933.com to view our video. After you watch it, you need to leave a comment and let the j93 viewing commuinity know how awesome we are. 🙂
  • The top 20 “commented on” bands will move to the next level of the competition. To make a long story short, the top 5 bands gets to open up for Pillar and Barlow Girl at J93’s Back To School Bash at Six Flags. The winning band gets a $10,000 sound equipment upgrade. That would be awesome. There are some good videos on there, so we need your vote!

The Latest…

  • Our Wednesday night service was rocking last night! The band was awesome.
  • We started the “One Prayer” series last night. The series is based around this question: If you could pray one prayer that God would answer for the church at large, what would it be? After a lot of praying, last night I preached that my one prayer would be that GOd would make us DIFFERENT. The reason our churches aren’t growing is because there is nothing special (or peculiar as the KJV version says) in our churches. Church people act and behave just as the world acts and behaves. We must be different. Jesus was attractive to people because He was DIFFERENT!
  • Next week the message will be via video from one of my favorite communicators- Steven Furtick.
  • Paul Hendrix from PDH Systems is coming in today to give us a quote for a sound, lighting, video, etc. package for our new Sunday morning contemporary service. I am excited about meeting with Paul.
  • Pray for our student ministry this weekend. We are beginning seperate guys (EQUIPPED) and girls (PURE) ministries. Equipped is taking a camping trip, and Pure is having a girls based BIble Study and doing some really fun things at the church, Pray that these ministries will have a huge impact on our students!
  • Katie and Charlie came home yesterday from thier trip to visit Uncle Matt. I missed them so much and I’m so glad they’re home. I think Charlie was a foot taller. He is growing TOO fast! It kind of makes me sad!