Posts Tagged ‘Church’

Ready and foolish.

March 3, 2010

I can’t imagine that I will learn and grow in any season of my life more than I am now. As a church planter my life is flipped turned upside down and I feel like I am in 1st grade. You remember when you were in Phonics class and you were just picking up the language? Or when you first got that math principle down? Thats me these days. I’m a sponge and when a sponge is saturated it is ready for use because no more came be soaked up. I’m ready to Launch this church. I know there is ton’s to learn but I’m ready. I’m ready for Sundays to come. I’m ready for small groups to form, I’m ready for our systems to take root. I’m ready to launch more churches. I’m ready. I love the promise of scripture “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.” I’m ready and foolish. God use me.

The latest…..

February 20, 2010

I can’t believe that we have been in the Upper Valley for well over a month! I know it’s cliche’ but my how time flies! We are very much established in our

apartment and the sting of living in close quarters with lots of other people is pretty much run it’s course and we are used to it. We have had incredible opportunities to meet new people and get the word out about our new church. So as is the norm here are a few items for you to consider praying for…… Pray that the Lord will continue to enrich our relationship as husband and wife. We are making it a point to have a family fun day every Friday. The boys count on it for sure. Pray that this commitment never waivers, that we make family a priority especially as we get closer to Launch Day. As the family leader I need to set the example and not over commit to other things leaving family in the dust. Please pray for the people that we meet. There are neighbors and people the we bump into that we need to be a shining light and flavor to. Pray for lots of opportunities to connect with people. It’s definitely tough here to connect with people, pray that the Lord gives us thick skin and tender hearts! Pray that we will have wisdom with all of our decisions. Whether financial, relational, facilities or whatever, we need wisdom! Roman and Jadon are doing great. They are finally starting to make some friends and are participating in local activities. Roman is snowboarding and Jadon loves running on the ice. Pray for their protection from injuries and that the Lord will give them great friendships up here.

Our Launch Team is coming together. We have had 4 Launch Team Gatherings in which we have communicated the vision of Riverbank Church. As of 2/16/10 we have 21 people on our Launch Team almost reaching our goal of 30! Please pray for continued understanding and grasp of the vision and that each of the team will identify their role.

The 74,000+ unreached people of the Upper Valley. We must reach them!

Dylan and Amy Nicholas have found jobs and the Lord is blessing them. Pray that the Lord gives them rest as they work their day jobs and do ministry with Riverbank during their off hours. They have been such a blessing!

Craig and Zoe Skirvin are moving to the Upper Valley on March 1st. Please pray that the Lord provides an amazing house/apartment to rent. It’s very difficult to find 3 bedroom places here. Also pray for their house in Florida to be rented and that their move here will be amazing and smooth.

PRAISE! We have secured our meeting place, The Lebanon Opera House in downtown Lebanon. It really is an answer to our prayers. Please pray for our Kids Ministry area to be clarified soon.

PRAISE! We had our first Community Outreach this past Saturday. We gave out over 300 granola bars at the Dartmouth Winter Carnival. We had a great response from the people there. Pray for results from this outreach!

PRAISE! We have become members of the Hanover Chamber of Commerce. This marks the first time in their history that a church has become a member. It allows us an amazing opportunity to connect with the movers and shakers of the community.

Pray for unity among Christians in the Valley.

Please pray against the spirits that have bound this region.

On the ground.

January 8, 2010

On Friday January 1st the Goeppner family hopped in our vehicles and followed friends David, Jodie and Shae James in our moving truck to make our way on our journey to northern New England. We first stopped in Stuart, Florida to have a last family meal at Cracker Barrel. At 7am we hit the road and drove straight through to Staunton, Va. (pronounced Stanton ;). It was there we met up with long time friends Kenny and Esther Warren (and kids). They drove well over an hour from Lynchburg just to see us!! It was great to reconnect with them even if it was only for a quick visit. Early the next morning we took off for the last leg of the journey. Man is Virginia the longest state EVER? It seemed to go on and on. We stopped a few times (including Shartlesville, Pa.)and eventually hit some snow in Vermont (falling heavily at times). By 10pm on January 2, 2010 we arrived in White River Junction, our new area, 10 minutes from our apartment. We settled in for the night at the Hampton Inn (not too shabby!).On Sunday January 3rd we awoke to a fresh snow fall and very ready to begin our move into our apartment. By 9am we were full on lugging our gear up three floors and down to long halls to #312. Our great friend Derek Tsakiris had a crew of peeps ready to unload the Budget truck. By 11:30am all of our stuff was in-house and friends and family had unloaded boxes and pictures were already on the walls! What’a 3 days!! More to come……

Another last.

December 15, 2009

Yesterday I had the honor and privilege of teaching for the very last time at Calvary Jupiter. It was an amazing opportunity given to me by my pastor and mentor Dan Plourde. I shared our story of faith and challenged the audience to have a “get out of the boat faith”.  I must be honest, the first service was very hard for me as there was so much emotion inside of me and if you were there you witnessed this 🙂 I have been so blessed to be a part of this amazing church for almost 12 years so there is a part of me here and I will miss the work here. On the other hand it is getting closer for us to hit the road for the great northeast. As of today we have  only 17 more wake ups (as Roman says). Crazy. The excitement inside of me is bubbling and I can’t wait to get going with this endeavor! We are still waiting on the Lord to perform some miracles as we take this radical step of faith. Please join us in prayer.

You can listen to yesterdays message here

Garage Sale this Saturday.

December 3, 2009

So if you are looking for some bargains, like gently used items such as DVD’s, furniture, tools, books, etc. You should make your way to our crib this Saturday at 7am. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to pick up some bargains. Our address is 303 8th Street in Jupiter. If you are out of state, sorry.

All proceeds go to our cross country move. Don’t be bashful.

Good week.

November 21, 2009

Friends.

I have been able to connect and reconnect with people from various seasons of my life. I met with pastors, church planters and old friends. Just talking with them all, sharing our story, has been confirming to our call to start a church in New England.  People have been so supportive and encouraging, this is so necessary.

Circumstances.

We had to pull our house off of the market this week. I have learned that the lending world is only set up for delinquency not for those who want to have integrity. For example I had a bank manager tell me that we should use the rest of our HELOC and then default on the loan. Sketchy. Because the bank will not release us from our existing equity loan and draw up another loan , we cannot sell our house out right. The options: short sell (default on loan, no thanks), rent or wait on God. We have decided to wait until 12/15 and see what the Lord does.  We also need to sell our boat and believe that the Lord will take care of this as well.

Participation.

I have the opportunity to go to a surf video premiere on Thursday. On in Jupiter, Florida! So cool to see more than 200 people at a beachside civic center watch this epic premiere. Calvary Jupiter was asked to participate in this event by providing the audio and video hardware. It was our honor. One of cool Florida things I will miss when we leave for the northeast.

Too blessed.

November 17, 2009

As we prepare for this new life chapter I am so grateful for the guys who have gone before me as church planters. I have had an amazing opportunity through these early stages of starting a church to glean from a couple. All of the mistakes, the could’a, should’a would’as. They are sharing with me. Encouraging me. Praying for me. It’s like a brotherhood, a fraternity and I’m the nOOb. I have such a great opportunity and I plan on making the most of it.

A lot to do!

November 16, 2009

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When starting a church there is so much to do. My church planting friends have warned me, now I am experiencing this. From the legal stuff, the meeting

place stuff to the family stuff and all the stuff in between, there’s a lot of stuff. Please pray that all will be complete with excellence. If you are a church planter, any advice? I’m all ears 🙂

Whata couple of days!

November 12, 2009

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The past few days have been ridiculous. I have met several pastors, ministry and lay leaders from the Upper Valley region. I have been humbled and I am being crushed. Several weeks ago I heard Chuck Swindoll say that a pastor must be crushed to to be used by God. I am experiencing this first hand.  I came up here with a list of things I would like to accomplish or hear from God about.  The first being a name for this new church launch. After prayer and fasting and of course a lot bad potential names it became very clear what the name is going to be. Each pastor that launches a new church has a story attached to the naming. I have heard various, like they knew the name going into the process (lucky!), a name from a denomination or movement, or like my case, God revealed supernaturally . I stayed with my friends Derek and Laura. They live in the UV and have so for 15 years. He and I had been praying through this together and I had some horrible name suggestions and even had a logo created (stupid me!) . He had some amazing advice for me last week as I shared with him the name I was thinking. He said “Dude just get up here and get a feel for the area. God will give you the right name for the church”. He was right. On Tuesday evening we were both sitting around the house reading, praying journaling. Honestly I was perplexed and exhausted after a day of crazy God stuff. He wasn’t over. Derek came and sat at the table where I was and humbly said, “I got the name”. He could see that I was toast but definitely interested in his thought on this. He had his Bible opened and read from Ezekiel 47:12 “Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.” After reading he said Riverbank Church. I know right away this was the name. Inside I took a deep breathe and thought to myself “YES!” You must understand that the UV is all about the Connecticutt River. It’s the lifeline of the valley. Towns and cities exist because of the river. It connects with the people. It has a deeper meaning as I wish to see fruit that doesn’t fail come from the life of a regenerate people. Powerful. Riverbank Church. Please pray for us as we move forward now. The name is ready. It has meaning and it speaks to the people of the region.

Ready, set…….

November 10, 2009

I went to bed at 2 am. OUCH! Had a great time talking with my great friends Derek and Laura. Reflected back, catching up and talking about what is to come. Good time for sure. I awoke this morning to a beautiful and brisk New England fall morning. I walked out to the bank of the Connecticut River over looking Vermont and took it all in. Nice time with the Lord, talking, listening, waiting. I was reminded of Jeremiah’s call in the Old Testament when he chatted with the Lord and He told Jeremiah that “I will be with you”, several times. A great reminder to me. For the first time in this whole process of calling and confirmation this is the first time I have been speechless and almost alone. It’s part of the process of the whole deal I’m sure. I was again reminded that there are 78,000 people in “the triangle” of Lebanon, Hanover and White River Junction. 74,000 people are completely un-reached. This stirs my heart. It overwhelms my heart. Please pray.Picture 1