January 16, 2013

Raising Hope in Vegas: The Big Journey

Vance PitmanRaising Hope in Vegas: The Big Journey

In 2000 when Vance Pitman put his “yes on the table” he had no idea the journey God would have for him. One morning, sitting at the kitchen table in the deep south, Vance felt compelled to tell God “yes” without ever knowing the question. This “Yes Man” would then go on the biggest journey of his ministry life. He moved his family to Las Vegas and planted Hope Church. Twelve years later, thousands attend on 2 campuses every weekend, multiple churches have been planted across the country, and the Hope Church team serve as leaders in global engagement. Yet the journey has been crazy. Read More

December 16, 2012

From the Y to the Why Not

Stuart Hodges

From the Y to the Why Not

Stuart Hodges (@stuhodges) leads Waters Edge Church, the 36th fastest-growing church on the Outreach Magazine Fastest Growing Church Top 100 list. In the Outreach article, Stu shares several nuggets that contributed to the church’s growth. Note how the nuggets focus on the importance of articulating and leading consistently from a clear mission.

From the verbiage we use in an e-mail communication to things we do on Facebook, we’re connecting people to mission. We utilize weekly team huddles to keep our volunteers connected to the mission, We emphasize the mission regularly in our community group curriculum. And throughout the year, I constantly tie the mission of our church into sermons. We limit our programs. By saying “no” to additional church programs we can say “yes” to resourcing outreach. If we said yes to every great idea for “the church” there would be no time, energy or dollars for outreach.

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September 14, 2012

Partner Updates

Congratulations to: First Baptist Church Prattville, Ala., for retiring their debt.

New facilities have been opened recently:  Hope Baptist Church in Las Vegas, Nev., has moved into their new location; Valley View Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, Ala., has opened its new youth, administration, connections, and family ministry space; and Orange United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill, N.C. has opened its much needed parking area and youth space.

I enjoyed sharing my stewardship story with the people of Chapel Hill Baptist Church in Northport, Ala.  God is powerfully at work among this congregation as they step forward with a generous and sacrificial faith.


July 6, 2012

Congratulations to Partner Churches

The leaders have led and the people followed. Congratulations to the following churches on their recent stewardship projects:

  • Central Baptist Church in Crossville, TN
  • Vaughn Forest Church in Montgomery, AL
  • Mountain Top Church in Birmingham, AL
  • Inverness Vineyard Church in Birmingham, AL
  • First Baptist Church in Cullman, AL
  • First Baptist Church in Trussville, AL
  • First Baptist Church in McDonough, GA has completed a stewardship assessment and is now dreaming about God’s next steps.
  • First Baptist Church in Prattville, AL has successfully launched a newly clarified vision and ministry alignment.

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