Monday, January 10, 2011

used building

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.


Wayne said...

Hey, Mike. If Sunday was the most important sermon you've ever preached, in my heart, I saw and heard God work through you to nail it, brother. I am so excited about what He is doing at Eastview. I love the vision and I love the sound and idea of fearless followers, ridiculous love, and dangerous witness. I believe the activity you talk about around the building this weekend is only the beginning of something BIG!

Cherie said...

Mike, I wanted to tell you how exciting it was to hear the vision for Eastview in the coming years. God is on fire in this place, and it is a privilege to be a part of it all.