Ever wonder how much goes on around Eastview during the time in between Sunday services? Well, a lot of ministry takes place here nearly every day of the week. Literally hundreds of people file through week after week - but this weekend the ministry participation was absolutely electric...every where you turned and every hour you can imagine people were ministering or being ministered to. Here's what I observed just walking around Saturday and Sunday:
Saturday - As the elders met and prayed in the morning, thousands of kids, grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, nieces, cousins, dogs (o.k. so there were no dogs - unless you count the hot dogs at the concession stand) came through this building for the beginning of Upward basketball. When I came over to church around 8:00 p.m. to pray and run through my sermon for Sunday, the last game was wrapping up! This is not to mention the five hours of basketball on Friday night.
Sunday - Great attendance for church Sunday as we shared our new vision statement - "A fearless church of Christ followers whose ridiculous love and dangerous witness are irresistible". I was absulutely blessed in both services when we all went to our knees (wasn't looking around so I don't know who all did - but it sounded like many) to pray tha tGod bring our vision to fruition through us, here. Then I passed through the staff offices to see 20 or so world outreach all-stars planning and praying for Eastview's future ministry moves. This as a dozen volunteers reset the stage for our all-church campaign Sunday. While dozens began setting up the MAZE for the annual kidsview event in the little kidsview auditorium. On the other end of the building -in the evening hundreds of college students gathered for the first FUEL of the season. In the rest of the building - 200 small group leaders trained and prepared for the beginning of GIVE all church study. And then another 200 came to get into a group!
My heart is full and my God is big. This building was used for His glory this weekend...which is exactly why we have it.