Every number has a name, every name has a story, and every story matters to God. So, I want to share with you some amazing numbers! Summer time within the church is what you would call a season of sowing seeds and fall is a season of harvesting all the seeds you sowed in the summer. With so many people vacationing and missing church for one reason or another, church attendance in the summer is always down. It’s not a reflection, it’s just a rhythm. We know that our attendance and Kingdom influence will increase 20-30% each fall. With that said...NLC, YOU ARE GROWING even in the summer which leaves our leadership developing plans on where to seat people this fall! God is growing His church! This past weekend alone we saw 14 people receive the free gift of salvation, we had 90 people new to NLC in our “Next Class”...that’s 90 people in August getting connected to the vision of NLC. We do our “next class” every six weeks. We also had 32 first time families fill out a first time connect card and we also set an all time record on the amount of people who gave financially to God’s Kingdom in a single weekend. IT’S SUMMER TIME! THAT’S NOT NORMAL….WHICH MAKES COMPLETE SENSE BECAUSE NLC YOU ARE SOOOOO WEIRD! I like to tell people I face the best problems a church planter could face, my problems consist of how to keep up with the growth God has blessed us with and continues to bless us with. We are growing faster now than ever before and the best part is, It’s the healthiest growth we’ve ever had. We are the most prepared we’ve ever been for growth and to disciple all the precious souls God is trusting us with! I want to celebrate with you what God has done so far in 2014….listen to these amazing numbers that represent precious souls! We’ve had 834 first-time families fill out a connect card and 333 salavations! YES, THAT’S JUST IN THE LAST 7 months and, YES, FALL IS TYPICALLY OUR MOST FRUITFUL SEASON!
Can you believe that? Can you believe we get to be a part of this? Can you believe what God is doing in a region where people said it was impossible? I’m so honored and blown away that God would allow me to be a part of this great church and I pray that you feel the same! What we do matters! NLC Volunteers - I love you! I’m thankful for you! This could not happen every weekend without you! You are changing the world and don’t forget that!
2 Kings 3 - keep digging ditches, because if we keep digging, God will keep sending the rain! I can’t wait to see you this weekend, invite someone and make it a priority to be in church! This week I’ll be confessing some of my weaknesses on stage and praying that as I speak from my weakness God strengthens us all! Love you all and love changing the world with you!
PS. I have the honor of speaking at some major leadership conferences this fall and would appreciate your prayers. I want to be used by God for His glory, so if you would pray that I decrease and he continues to increase. Thanks so much!