MOVEMENT CHURCH EASTER SUNDAY WRAP-UP

Movement Church,

I wanted to write you a letter and let you know I am so proud of what God did through you on Easter Sunday as we celebrated life in Jesus.

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We had a simple vision to see our normal church numbers double and to see every person bring a friend. Not JUST because numbers are important, but because each one of those numbers represents a person that you have relationship who needs to know the gospel.

We equipped you with flyer invites and sent one to every home in Hilliard and prayerfully gave it to God.

Sunday we had 296 people!!!

God far exceeded our expectations and gave us a vision for the church He wants us to be and where we can go as we develop a heart for our city.

Just two Easters ago, we were launching publically and look what God has done in a few short years.

Sunday was a success for all of our volunteer teams.

For the creative arts team, you made many upgrades and seamlessly communicated the gospel through our worship experience to the most adults we have ever stuffed in a room!

Movement Kids handled the biggest numbers they’ve ever seen with new volunteers, seamless check-in, and some creative take homes to create memories for every kid.

First Impressions made an environment that was able to handle the large crowds and lines and still let them enjoy our photo booth (pictures on our church Facebook), grab some coffee, and maybe even get a family pic with Elsa and Captain America. We had most VIP cards ever filled out on a Sunday. So thank you for making guests feel welcome and giving them a vision for who we are by helping them find a seat and feel comfortable in every way.

As a leader and your pastor, I love knowing that this morning had some bells and whistles and hype around it but it was anchored in the gospel. Every person in attendance heard the gospel. I love knowing all the conversations that happened before, during, and after in your lives.

Thank you for responding and inviting your friends. Thank you for believing in our vision. Thank you for giving and volunteering your time for setup and to volunteer and make this day happen. I know that God is pleased with your hearts and your sacrifice and I am proud to be apart of this family.

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MOVEMENT CHURCH HAS A NEW LOCATION (FAQ ABOUT OUR MOVE)

On Sunday Movement Church announced that starting February 2nd our worship experiences are moving to the Hilliard/Ray Patch Family YMCA.  As a young church, we are excited for this move and the way God has opened the doors to make it happen.  This move will provide great exposure to our community and allow us to grow and accomplish our vision in some new exciting ways. Our vision is to be “a movement of people finding their way back to God.” This happens through people knowing Jesus and we want this move to be about that.

Not everyone was at church Sunday and we also have many friends and supporters who might have questions, so I thought I would take a second and answer some Frequently asked questions about the new location of our Movement Church worship experience.

Why move?

When Movement Church got to Hilliard, we looked into meeting in many places and God seemed to shut many of those doors. We were blessed to get a space in a town that isn’t always overflowing with portable space for church plants. This fall we have felt that space maximized as we have run out of parking many times and have a need to offer childcare beyond the two classes and ages (0-6ish) that we presently do. This move allows us to gather more people, have more parking, grow Movement Kids and offer more classes, and also have a well-known space that the community is more aware of.

Why the YMCA?

Anyone who knows Movement Church knows that we have always had a great relationship with the Y.  We have multiple people who are members on the board and as a church believe in what they do.  Their staff has been great cheerleaders of ours since day one. Our Movement groups have served there, we partnered for Trunk or Treat, and we helped sponsor the Ridestrong cancer fundraiser this past fall. The Y has been a wonderful partner in impacting families and this is another extension of that partnership.

When will this happen?

Our first Sunday at the Y will be Sunday February 2nd.  We want to be there in time for the series we will start that day called RelationsLips (love, dating, singleness, marriage, sex) and also to be ready to grow into the space in time for Palm Sunday and Easter (April 20th).

How will this work?

As of right now the plan is that we are going to have some on-site storage in the YMCA’s closet that we are re-organizing and building shelves in, as well as possibly a trailer like many other portable churches. Our sending church Encounter Church has a trailer they no longer use.

The plan is still coming together as our team for Creative Arts (tech), First impressions, and Movement Kids is putting together lists of needs for this new space.  Many things will translate (chairs, tables, sound) while other things will get simpler (We almost zero nursery and toddler setup as the Y already has dedicated rooms for this). We are looking at buying some new things like signs, cables and cords, and even new curtains, etc.  This move will take the work of many, but we believe in it and are excited to make it happen this month.

What to expect?

We are living proof that the church is not a building but the people who make it up. We have never owned a building or been in one for more than 90 minutes a week so in that sense not much changes. We are still intentional and contagious like our name, and will still be the same church.  We use buildings as a place to get together and celebrate who God is and what He is doing in us.

Our vision is still the same for Sundays to have a warm and welcoming atmosphere for all ages as well as teaching and music that are Biblically based, applicable, engaging, relevant, innovative, and also to feature stories of life change.

We still want people to feel welcome from the minute they get out of their car, walk inside, and check their kids into Movement Kids. As they worship we want them to know who we are and how they can get involved. We know that people are in many different places in their spiritual journey, that is why our goal is that people who have never heard the name of Jesus, people who have never been to church, people who have grown up in church, people who think they are too messed up, and people who don’t think God has a place for them, will find their way back to God through Jesus.

What is changing?

We will pay less per month for this space, so more money can be put toward ministry and establishing Movement Church.

Our worship experience will be in a bigger space so you can invite everyone you know.

Movement Kids will add a third class for ages 7-10 and have room to expand to more later.

You won’t have to fight for a parking spot now. In fact there is so much parking we are going to have spots for guests so those of us who call Movement home can park farther away and create an atmosphere of serving others.

What are the needs at this point?

Prayer – please pray for wisdom as we transition. We are going to be planning, ordering, and want to get it right. Also pray that this move gives us visibility in the community and that we will be able to see people find their way back to God because of this move.

Volunteers – We have some new needs in setup and first impressions (parking) that didn’t exist before. This is similar to moving in to a house from an apartment and realizing that you have to mow the yard now. We are hoping this will create a vacuum for many to serve and use their gifts and take ownership of their church.

Purchases – We also have some needs for things like furnishing the new kids room. I have had people ask if they can donate or give money toward this. The answer is yes and we will try to make needs knows as they are decided upon.

Can we use the hot tub or baptize people in the Pool?

As long as we pay to staff a lifeguard that day, we can do whatever we want.  I hope to start a baptism tradition that people get in the water by going down the slide. I’m just kidding….sort of.

MOVEMENT GRAND OPENING WEEKEND/EGG DROP/EASTER SUNDAY RECAP

Many people have asked via text, email, and Facebook, so I thought I would give a recap of all that God did on our opening weekend.

  • Saturday at 830am we got to Spindler Park and began setting up for our Easter Egg Drop.
  • We had a team of around 50 people very organized by our outreach coach Ashton Rank so the work went quick and we were ready to go by 10am.
  • All we really did was set up sound, have an information table, mark 3 soccer fields with stakes and caution tape, and spread 37,000 eggs out evenly.
  • We didn’t know how many people would show up but we took around 12,000 flyers door to door and also put another 3,000 in area businesses. We also got on some family activity websites.
  • Once people arrived we had a parking team that got everyone in the lot in an organized way. We had around 800 spots in the parking lots and filled all but 10 or so.
  • We also had a greeting team that passed out flyers explaining the flow of the morning and helped parents find the age specific field they were looking for.
  • We estimate that we had between 2,000 and 2,500 people show up which is exactly what we asked people to pray for so that was cool to see God provide.
  • The helicopter arrived around 11:15 and dropped the remaining 3,000 eggs (1 large garbage bag on each field). It’s funny to hear the ooo’s and ahh’s in this vine my wife put up. There is something special about a helicopter to little kids.
  • The day was a great success and we made some great connections and were convinced that people knew who our church was, knew that we loved them and their family and wanted to serve them, and many would be at church the next day. Thank you Jesus.
  • We sent our team home around 12:30 because we got permission to set our facility up on Saturday night so everyone could bring a friend and not have to come early and be distracted with details on Sunday.
  • We met at Harmony at 5pm and set up the lobby/VIP and Movement Kids areas first while the team prepped tech stuff.
  • Setup was different because we had to include a baptism tank for the first time and also use all 200 of the chairs we owned so we could handle the anticipated crowd. Our room is not big so this required a little thought.
  • Eventually it was all setup and ready to go so we took advantage of having two large screens and watched the Buckeyes Elite 8 game…too bad they lost L
  • Sunday I did my usual routine and stopped at our PO Box to pick up any support that comes through the mail. I prayed and thanked God as I drove and actually started crying. It was an emotional day to have known this was what God has wanted for so long and to just thank him in order for all the ways he has already answered prayers, opened doors. And been faithful.
  • Our team came in at 8 instead of our usual 7 and go to sound check and relax a little more. We topped off the baptism tank and tried to make it warm (fail).
  • We had extra greeters, extra ushers, an extra VIP table and were ready to go when the crowd started rolling in.
  • As with any church plant launch that is close to home or your sending church(es) for many we saw some family and familiar faces who wanted to come support us and that is ok because it helped give us a crowd.
  • It was so awesome to roam the lobby and say to people “I saw you at the Egg Drop yesterday right?” and know that God had brought them that day.
  • The service started with our new bumper video that Chris Guyot hooked us up with.  I have known him since he was 15 and got to be his student pastor. It was an absolute blessing to have him want to give his gifts to our church and to bless us.
  • Next we cut to this video http://vimeo.com/63017692 which was something I dreamed up and Josh Howard just made happen. We are so blessed to have him and I try not to gush too much, but this video was just him showing his commitment to excellence and talent and eye for all things creative. Josh thanks for being on our team, thanks for your heart and passion and for giving yourself far beyond what we can pay you…..for now.
  • We had some songs after that and as they were playing seats started becoming a hot commodity which was awesome to see. I took some quick iphone pics because I could.
  • We did our usual welcome and invite for VIP’s to fill out the connect card for a T-shirt. We had 59 VIPs so I am sure a good portion of my week will be spent on the phone which is the problem we want.
  • We showed this video from Fellowship Creative http://vimeo.com/40297738 to begin focusing our minds on Easter and the resurrection and new life.
  • Speaking of new life after the video our band played Overcome and in the middle we had the 4 people being baptized come forward and share their story and why they wanted to be baptized. As the band played we had a party and it was one of the most powerful moments of the day watching them come up out of the water.
  • Our theme for the day was Jesus changes everything and we used Titus 2:11-14.  We had one guy indicate that he wants Jesus in his life so I am very excited to follow up with him this week and talk about that.
  • We closed with some worship and its official that our band/Jeremy Noland’s version of “All the poor and powerless” is better than the All Sons and Daughters version…in my humble opinion. They not only have a great backing track that borders at electronic at times, but they also had him play a tom drum from the set , and they even switch up the temp in the 2nd verse and it had a Mumford vibe for just a second. Truly excellent. Thank you to our band for working so hard and building a great atmosphere. By the final song you could hear the crowd singing back and it was a very worshipful moment and I loved that they got to lead in that.
  • All things said and done it was a great day. We had 199 people at our service.
  • I am sure we will put some pics up from the weekend. We had 3 photographers going nuts all weekend to document it.
  • I FORGOT TO MENTION SOME DETAILS OR SOMETHING I BET, BUT THE MAIN POINT IS……………. Thank you Jesus!

MARCH 11TH, 2013 MIND DUMP

What is one to do when there is just too much to say in a post that would stay on topic, be cohesive, or make sense in any way?…You write a mind dump of course.

  • I have been waiting since high school to be a church planter….I love it.
  • Often when people describe a phase of life to you it isn’t true. We all got marriage or parenting suggestions from someone we were convinced had no idea what they are talking about. Most people told me that in the church planters the highs would be higher and the lows would be lower…..that is exactly true.
  • Today was our 9th Sunday since we started public services at the Harmony Artistic Center.
  • I think this next week will be the one where all the kinks are gone. After that I will just blame mistakes on other people and their imperfections.
  • I have always gone to churches that announced and cared about the time change keeping people from church, this was my first time on the other side.
  • I love my team. Whenever I am stressed I just start picturing names and faces of people and what God is doing in them.  We are blessed to have some great people who are gifted and so committed. I cannot imagine doing this without them.
  • I just bought a bunch of new worship music. I am just trying to keep up with Josh Howard.
  • Today starts a Daniel Fast that many on our team are doing from now until our grand opening. You won’t hear me talk about it again, but I am excited for our team to see God in these 21 days.
  • We have a team from Grace Fellowship in Pickerington coming next week to help us get the word out about the Egg Drop. That church bleeds for us and is in full partnership and it is super refreshing.
  • Speaking of The Egg Drop I bought hilliardeggdrop.com to promote it. That is where the link goes.
  • I own a lot of Movement Church related dot coms. Its what I get for letting people like Ben Arment and Brandon Rike influence me. I think they own like 100 each.
  • Today I got all the Movement Church stuff out of my basement and finally put it in the storage locker (minus the 40k eggs). Its like I gained a while new room at my house.
  • I got the stuff out of the basement because I could, but also because I think between now and Memorial Day I will be slowly finishing our basement. I hope to someday house some interns or a resident there if it helps us multiply churches.
  • We have our teaching calendar planned out for the next year. We will do a relationships, love, sex series next February. I got some back issues of 614 magazine that have a Columbus specific survey about sex and related topics this week. It is fascinating to say the least and for better or worse good to know our demographic.
  • I thought about putting some thoughts up here about love/marriage/sex and all that stuff since its one of my favorite things to teach on.
  • Its funny how 7 years after you start as a student pastor the floodgates open for doing weddings and pre-marital weddings. I am busy right now connecting with former students and it is great to see what God is doing and where he has taken them.
  • Tomorrow night I am going to the Encounter Church elder’s meeting. Still so grateful for the vision they have to multiply in us and give us financing too.
  • In the last few months I have been contacted by so many closet church planters and closet parents of adoption. I love getting to share our stories and hopefully get them a little closer to the edge and jumping.

2013 GRAMMY RECAP/MIND DUMP

I tried to stay away and not tweet or blog abut the Grammy’s. I figured there were enough experts out there offering their opinion.  I tried, you gotta believe my I really did. I just couldn’t’ take it, when I saw people saying things like this……

“What ever happened to Nirvana?” (This guy wasn’t joking)

“I didn’t know Adele was British.”

“What band does Travis Barker drum for?”

At some point I got worked up and started keeping mental notes knowing that I had a good ole fashioned Grammy recap brewing inside of me for the markartrip.com audience. Its feels like 2005 around these parts, but I want to keep my blog light at times and a shallow post about pop culture should be just the trick.

  • My wife told me before the show that CBS made rules about the dresses women could wear this year. They wanted the show to be appropriate and stay classy. Having watched, its clear no one listened and the only thing that made it better than last year was that Lady Gaga wasn’t around.
  • I almost can’t handle the way CBS and the Grammy’s “partner” together. Its one thing for them to pretend the people’s choice awards are a real show and than just give awards to all of their shows, but they are getting too involved in the Grammys. I mean we all know that LL Cool J is a terrible host and comes across like a bad Tracy Morgan character.
  • Faith Hill has braces? She is now going to be skinnier (because she can’t eat normal) and prettier than ever. We are fans of her around our house so no disrespect. She may take over the world now.
  • Rihanna looked rough. She’s talented but I honestly worry about her. She is the one from this generation I am afraid will end of up on a bad episode of Behind the Music.
  • If you didn’t notice, Justin Bieber wasn’t there. According to his team he got “snubbed”. I think he is the one who snubbed us after he promised a “Justin Timberlake level” album.  That is a promise you shouldn’t make. He tried to pull viewers away and did a live stream chat tonight at the same time.
  • Speaking of Justin Timberlake, he was perfection. I know I’m a fan-boy, but he owned the night and the psychology of stepping away just long enough to do some acting and create demand around himself is brilliant.
  • I got like 10 texts as he was performing. People acting like I was the only one liking it…you liked it too, just admit it.
  • Carrie Underwood was on point too. She didn’t do anything special she just did a good performance that showcased her vocals. She didn’t do some weird medley that took away from things and didn’t over think the fact that she can impress with her voice. Its not rocket science but most don’t do that.
  • Frank Ocean, was not that smart. He has some great songs, but he is always performing them weird and not making them accessible to the mass that watched this show. That is why sometimes other people do his songs better than him. Look up “thinking about you” covers on YouTube. He was this years Nicki Minaj, who was given the platform last year and wasted it.
  • Fun…..meh? I know the songs are catchy, but I am over them. I feel like they are a slightly better version of Train.
  • Zac Brown Band country album of the year. I can live with that. Every song on that album is good. Josh Howard proved that to me and he is right.
  • Kelly Clarkson finally won an award. I was starting to think she wouldn’t get up there. Her speech was even entertaining….or maybe drunk?
  • The dream, Frank Ocean, Kanye, and Jay won an award….and Jay Z and the Dream had no business on stage together dressed different so Jay through his own artist under the bus saying “he’d like to thank the swap meet for the Dream’s hat”…..I’m ok with that.
  • The Maroon 5/Alicia Keys mash-up was actually great. I didn’t know these forced collaborations were allowed to work and sound good. Someone should tell the Grammy’s or the other artists that. Someone should definitely tell Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley. They thought you were supposed to make it looked forced and more boring than normal. Respect.
  • Its cool to see the Black Keys get love. They have been taking Grammy’s for 3 years not but I when Lebron tweets about you, you are officially cool.
  • Before I forget, Taylor Swift opened the show….and didn’t deliver. You got to stay in your lane and wearing a top hat while a circus goes on behind you, without a guitar in your hand didn’t make you look like the world power that you have become. She wasn’t bad but when you are that big an 8 out of 10 is a letdown.
  • The thing that is funny about the Grammy’s is how some of us are oblivious to certain genres even though people are already famous and making good money and being successful. I learn about someone new every year (usually folk/rock) and apparently I should have told my wife about Miguel sooner.
  • What do you have to do to overcome the term “Ginger” and its stereotypes? Just be as awesome as Ed Shereen. No one even knows he is a redhead. That guy is on top of the world.
  • Didn’t see Mumford winning album of the year. Mostly because I expected to see Fun be the hands down darlings of the night, but that was a good win. No problem seeing them get some love, and they seemed to be humbled.
  • The closing song with Chuck D, LL and the rest was incredibly bad. It always is and usually has like 10 artists on stage all pretending to play acoustic while singing in mics that aren’t even on, so I shouldn’t expect much….but wow it was painful.
  • I love music, I love the Grammy’s, it was a great night, super entertaining, and was the best show in at least 4-5 years I would say.
  • What did you think?

 

 

FIRST SERVICE IN HILLIARD 1.13.13 MIND DUMP

  • Sunday was a milestone for Movement Church.  It was our first time in the Harmony Artistic Center holding a service in Hilliard.
  • We didn’t really publicize this service too much, we decided to work the kinks out and let things grow each week from here on out.
  • When I say we are building slowly I mean we are missing things still. We are watching spending and cash flow. For instance, we have to buy some pipe and drape to cover the giant dance studio mirror that takes up the entire wall of our main meeting room. Its awkward to look to the left. We also did Sunday we no lighting except what is installed in the room day to day. These are not eternal things but some items we hope to improve on.
  • We got into our building Saturday night around 5:30 and made a ton of trips from all the houses and places we were storing our stuff. We got all set up and even did some quick sound checking. We left around 1am knowing we were already set up and could “sleep in” compared to what will now become the new normal.
  • I mentioned we didn’t really advertise Sunday, but we had a good amount of visitors and saw some people we have connected with in our short time in Hilliard as well as some people who found us on facebook.
  • The church is not defined by a service and I never want to glorify things above our purpose, but our team killed it in their planning and purchasing.
  • Mindy had movement kids looking like a kids party on steroids and actually got a thunderous applause as moms entered.
  • Josh had the auditorium looking like a million bucks and has set us up for not only this phase and this room but for the next phase and a bigger room if its ever needed.
  • My former neighbor Andy and his wife Silvia are doing first impressions and they can host in their sleep so their spirit is leaking already and will only get better. It is beyond cool to think that a guy I didn’t know 4.5 years ago has come to know Christ, asked me to do his wedding, joined our launch team, is leading a movement group and overseeing first impressions.
  • I could gush all night but just wanted to give an update to those who pray and are watching us from afar.
  • We are building slowly and adding things each week but for where we are I don’t think Sunday could’ve gone better.  It was great for our team and a momentum builder.

MOVEMENT CHURCH LAUNCH TEAM WORLD TOUR: COVENANT CHURCH

Movement Church is a new church plant, so we are under no impression that we have mastered this church thing.  In our formative launch team meeting phase we have dedicated one weekend a month to visiting churches and learning from them.  Some of them are financial partner churches, while others are area church plants that we respect.  I thought I would take the time to re-cap our times with these churches and share some highlights and things that blessed our team.

  • This past Sunday, we took our team to Covenant Church in Grove City, Ohio.
  • That church was planted and is pastored by my dear friend Travis Davenport who I have known since middle school.
  • Sometime I will dig up some pictures or videos of us in high school, but for now I want to keep my job.
  • My recap and experience of this visit will be way different because more than all the others I have seen inside the engine and know their story.  Travis and his family used to stay at our house in Powell when they would come down and scout the area. I actually told him Hilliard would be a great place to plant. I am not being critical but feel I can be a little more free in describing a church that I consider family.
  • Travis had a launch team that started moving to Grove City in January of 2010 and the church launched in June of that year.
  • I visited Covenant in August of 201 and they have come a long way.
  • They did what I would consider a parachute drop with a team so they have had to find their place in Columbus.
  • 3 years and 4 locations later they have really hit their stride this fall.
  • Hundreds of people most from young families now call Covenant their home.
  • It’s funny because as I took in Covenant church and debriefed with Travis about what they do I realized most churches have holes. Its not that they don’t do things great, but most churches have a gaping hole where something is not going well or leaves a bad taste in someone’s mouth.
  • Simply put Covenant Church doesn’t have any major holes.  Are there things they could do better? Of course, and Travis and the team seem to be aware of those and working on them, but the consensus I got from our team was that they are solid all the way around.
  • They are in a great location at the Rave Cinema off of Stringtown and Buckeye Parkway.
  • First impressions were great including an easy to navigate first time experience and a team eager to help our team.  As many places they have borrowed some elements from Elevations VIP experience because they are good and they work.
  • We felt honored as a host showed us around and helped us check our kids in.
  • The children’s areas were spacious and I felt good about dropping ours off.  The rooms let me know my kids would have fun and be cared for and I can’t say that about every place.
  • As with any theatre church at times looking down to the floor is a little weird and I wondered if they should do more staging or backdrop type stuff but those things would only cut down on the in house projector and screen they have access to. Biggest church screen I have seen outside of Granger Church.
  • The tech wasn’t perfect as they are using new stuff for a new location. Mics cut out, their were hums, and at times the mix of vocals and just overall volume wasn’t perfect but it was coming out of such an impressive in house system it was far above an average church experience.
  • Their worship was solid and they definitely have a look, feel, and culture they are going for. I think they are slightly ahead of their time in Grove City and what your average person (even young family) is looking for so it will only connect even more in the coming 2-3 years.
  • I helped them find their worship leader and am still waiting on my head hunter check.
  • Seth and Travis work well transitioning from hosting, to welcome, to music, offering, and teaching. They are both musical and seem to work together as well as any pastor/worship leader team we have visited.
  • Our team loved Travis’ teaching. I can’t really judge it fair as I wouldn’t be impressed by anything he does. Its just the reality of having spent so much time with someone. I take for granted that he is funny or able to tackle tough subjects with grace and truth, but my team was very impressed and blessed by his time in Matthew 7.
  • It was fun to visit a friend and see what he does before we get into launch phase and never look back. Not sure the next time I will get to be in his church with him but it was fun to celebrate what God is doing.
  • At the end of the service they called our whole team up and prayed over us and celebrated that we are part of the same family and Kingdom. Love their heart for church planting and the gospel.
  • SIDEBAR: Courtesy of my module I teach for The National Institute and Grace College and this launch team world tour I have crossed many locations of my list of places I want to see in greater Columbus.  I still have a few more (Veritas, Scarlet City Church, Harvest Bible chapel, One Church, Life Community Lifepoint Church, Cypress Wesleyan, and maybe a few more).