Meet the Revolution Staff

This past Saturday, I got to talk about how Revolution is structured and what the means. I am incredibly blessed to have so many great leaders to work with. Without these leaders buying into the vision, buying into me and putting in all the time that they do, Revolution would cease to exist.

I talked about how Revolution is an elder protected, staff led church, what that means and why that matters. How things are structured at a church makes all the difference.

Each of these team members oversee many other teams. While it would have been great to talk about everyone, we did that before when I preached on Nehemiah 3 (which you can listen to here). On Saturday, I wanted to talk about the main leaders as our leadership team has grown and changed over the last few months to help us staff for growth (if you haven’t read this before, go and read this and come back).

The staff team helps in overseeing the day to day operation known as Revolution. All the ministries, follow-up, everything. Whatever it takes to keep the ship moving in the right direction.

In case you missed Saturday or don’t know who they are, here are some snippets:

Cody is the newest addition to the team. He is in the back middle. He oversees Rev Up, our student ministry, which launched two weeks ago. I cannot tell you how excited I am about this new ministry and what it will mean for Revolution and the lives of teenagers and their families. Cody has a huge personality and lights up every room with his energy and southern accent. By birth, he is a huge Bama fan. I am still trying to learn southern sayings without laughing, but he’s helping. He has dreams of getting me to like country music, but…

Paul is on the far left and he is our Pastor of Worship & Arts. He oversees everything that happens on Saturday:  the music, arts, videos, first impressions, set up and tear down. Paul is a massive Texas anything sports fan. He is also a secretly great basketball player. Don’t let his height fool you, if you are picking teams and he is there, pick him first. He will drain every 3 he takes.

Jennifer is in front of him, she goes with Paul. We all know why he picked her, but the jury is still out. She oversees Planet Rev which is our ages 0 – 5th grade ministry. This encompasses the largest volunteer team in our church and almost a third of our church. It is a huge undertaking every week to create a safe, secure, fun environment for kids to hear about Jesus in ways that make sense to them and partner with parents as they disciple their kids.

Christe is next to her. Christe is the glue that holds it all together. She is our admin. Without her, we would not last very long. She oversees all the details, keeping us on track. She oversees countless volunteers in the area of graphics, printing, marketing tools, any flyers, all of the follow-up we do. In many ways, she is becoming my right arm on so many projects for our church. The addition of Christe is huge for me personally as a leader and our church. She frees me up to do so many other things and takes the jobs (details) that I get lost in and she makes them fall into place.

As I said, I am incredibly grateful for the leaders I get to work with. The talent that God has assembled at Revolution is unbelievable. I hear from many pastors who can’t find good leaders, who have lazy leaders or aren’t passionate about the vision or the church. When I look at the leaders I get to work with, I thank God that I don’t have that problem with anyone at Revolution.

If you see these guys this Saturday, say thanks to them. They work hard (along with all the volunteers on their teams) to make Revolution happen. Their hearts are to serve you, the guests that walk through our front door and our city. They want to see lives changed.

Keep up the good work. Remember Revolutionaries, Saturday is coming. God has given us the opportunity to be a part of changing lives and eternities every week.

This Weekend: Diversion & Deception

This Saturday at Revolution will begin something that we have never seen at Revolution: Rev Up, our student ministry kicks off! I am so excited to see how this ministry will be able to reach students, but also their families. Please be praying for this as it kicks off on Saturday night.

We are also hitting a topic I have never preached on:  Distractions and Deceptions. Here are some things we will be covering:

  • When I try to follow Jesus and do what He calls me to, will it get easier or harder?
  • Why does it seem the most sinful people have the easiest lives?
  • What do you I do when what I want to do or what I feel like God is calling me to do don’t fall into place?
  • How do I handle when friends and family tell me I am making a bad decision or criticize me?

All of us experience distractions everyday from either exploring Christianity, taking the next step in our journey with God, our marriage, job, or lives. What do we do with them? They are inevitable, so how do we handle them?

These are just a few of the things we will be trying to uncover on Saturday night as we look at Nehemiah 6:1 – 14.

So, do whatever you have to do to get to Revolution this Saturday night (and don’t forget to bring a friend with you)!

Remember, we meet at 5pm at 410 S. Pantano Rd.

See you then.

Saturday Night Mind Dump…

  • Love my church
  • Talked about how to handle adversity, opposition and criticism tonight from Nehemiah 4:1 – 14
  • Great passage, great example of not only how to be a leader in the midst of adversity and opposition, but how to handle that personally
  • Nehemiah heard the criticism, prayed about it and then got back to work
  • No one does anything great in their life or for God without experiencing some opposition and criticism
  • It is part of the journey
  • If you missed tonight, you can listen to it here
  • Love having 2nd and 3rd time guests introduce their friends that they brought with them
  • So much energy comes by investing and inviting in our friends
  • Humbled by how many people God is entrusting us with
  • Heading to California for a conference this week with Katie, Paul and Jennifer
  • Really excited about the time away
  • I’ll be live blogging the main sessions and then I’m doing the preaching track with Rick Warren, so I’ll be sharing my notes from that
  • Can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to have no kids and all the information I’m going to get this week
  • Wow
  • Katie and I are talking about maybe going to Disneyland one night
  • I’ve never been before
  • Love this picture of our kids
  • Someone told me I looked mad tonight
  • For me, I get so frustrated when people mail in their dreams because of adversity and I get so mad when churches are derailed because leaders don’t stand up to opposition and criticism
  • Remember, when someone comes to you says, “They are mad,” you are talking to “they”
  • “They” is always 1 person
  • This might be one of the best leadership books I’ve read in a long time
  • So excited about the Rev Up meeting next week
  • I can’t wait to see how this ministry is able to affect the lives of students and their families
  • Cody is a great young leader that is going to do huge stuff for God at Revolution
  • Spent a good bit of time this week laying out what Revolution’s system will be to help new believers get connected at Revolution and take the next step in their journey
  • Really excited about having this planned out so we are better able to help people in their journey
  • If you haven’t signed up to be baptized on the 20th and would like to be, please email Christe LePeau
  • Pretty excited about the super bowl tomorrow
  • Without a horse in the game, I’m just hoping for a good game
  • I think the Colts will win, but it will be close
  • And high scoring
  • I have been working through this question posed to me by my spiritual director last week, “Do you enjoy success?”
  • Trying to learn how to be more present in the moment of what God is doing and enjoying what He is doing in my life
  • Excited about next week and being able to talk about how you defend what God has given you, whether it is your own life (spiritual and physical), relationships, family, ministry, church or job
  • This is incredibly important, not only to our church, but also as individuals
  • Too often, we let our protection happen by chance
  • It’s going to be a powerful night
  • Lots of props, which is always fun

Spiritual Readiness

I am in a lead pastor coaching network with Nelson Searcy. One of the things he talks about is the area of spiritual readiness. Many churches and pastors (and Revolution/I) operate with a “wait and see” approach.

Here is what I mean:

  • Ask a church how they follow up with new believers and they will say they will know when they have one.
  • Ask when the next baptism is scheduled and they will say, “When we have someone to baptize.”

The point is, God works in people’s lives and in churches who are ready for Him to work. We need to be spiritually ready.

We started taking a proactive approach in the recent months. We put a baby/child dedication on the calendar without having anyone ask for it and had 3 families.

We put a baptism on the calendar for February 20th, even though we don’t know how many we will baptize. If you want to be baptized, just email Christe LePeau.

We raised up leaders to start a student ministry when we had 1 or 2 students. Since starting to plan and making it public, we have almost 10 in less than a month!

Bottom line. God moves in churches that are ready and expect Him to move. That is what being spiritually ready is all about. Asking God to move and then being ready for Him to move.

The Future of Revolution

For the last two weeks in our Nehemiah series, I have been laying out who we are as a church, where we have come from, where we are going and how we plan to get there.

In the last year, we have gone from 30 – 100. We are praying, dreaming and moving towards going from 100 – 300 in this next year.

Before diving into how we will get there, let me recap how we got here:

  • In December 2008, we were a church of 30 people. Paul and Jennifer raised half of their salary in 6 weeks and moved out here to be a part of this adventure of reaching the city of Tucson. Our weekly giving at that time averaged $800/week. With them coming on and our plans for 2009, our weekly budgeted need went to $3,118.
  • In the last quarter of 2008, we averaged 97 people and our weekly giving average was $3,118.

So how do we get to 300? Here are some ideas we have and we’d love to hear yours:

  • Invest and invite. As followers of Jesus we are called to invest in relationships and invite people to church. This way, we partner together in the process and it is not just up to one person. It is up to us with the help of the Holy Spirit.
  • We are doing more for families and kids. We will be kicking off Revolution VBS this summer. More details will follow soon.
  • We are doing more for students. Rev Up will kick off this year. Rev Up is being headed up by Cody and Hannah Brasher. This is a bright young couple that has been attending Revolution since August. So excited about the leadership, passion and energy they bring to reaching students and their families. This is huge for Revolution. It enables us to reach an entire demographic that previously we could not reach.
  • We are becoming more intentional about helping people discover their gifts, how they are wired and how they can better help build the city (Revolution) to reach the city of Tucson. More on this January 30th.
  • Small groups. This is the next step from Saturday night. If you want to get better connected at Revolution, grow in your relationship with God and have opportunities to serve in our city, this is the place. We are doing sign ups for our spring semester right now. You can learn more about that here. We are launching 5 small groups this spring, which is largest number yet, with plans to launch more small groups in the summer and fall semesters to accomodate the growth we are hoping to have.
  • Servant evangelism. Being missional an in our city has always been the heartbeat of Revolution. We are stepping that up this year. Each small group will do at least one servant evangelism outing (which we will open up to the whole church to participate in) and then an outing during the 4 weeks off from small groups.
  • Being expectant. As we have prepared for this series on Nehemiah, myself and the other leaders have been challenged by Nehemiah’s prayer life. He prayed specifically and intentionally for God to move. When we pray generally, it doesn’t take any faith. So we are praying specific prayers. This has raised our awareness and antennas to be a part of what God is up to in our world. It has also made us more expectant not only as we walk through our days that God will use us, but showing up on Saturday night expecting God to move and do big things.

Here is what I’m asking us to do as a church:

  • Pray specific prayers. Ask God to give you opportunities to talk with your friends, family members, co-workers, neighbors who don’t know Jesus. Ask God to give you an opportunity to invite them to Revolution.
  • Then invite them.
  • Jump in. If you are not in a small group, get in one. If you are not serving on a team, get on one.
  • If you are not giving back to God, start. Honor God not only with your talents and time, but also the resources that He has blessed you with.
  • Show up on Saturday expecting God to move, expecting people to begin a relationship with Jesus, marriages saved, hurts healed.

2010 is going to be our best year as a church. Get ready Revolutionaries for God to some HUGE things in and through us.