NEXT

21 09 2011

 

If you have been attending Columbia Church we want to encourage you to take a step.

The best first step anyone can take is to attend NEXT. Next is a 20 minute conversational environment where we will share the mission, vision, and strategy of Columbia Church. We will share ways you can get involved on our strategic service teams, and how you can get connected to a community group. NEXT is for everyone looking to get connected or plugged in.

The next NEXT is this coming Sunday, September 25, immediately following of service.

If you are planning on attending please register. You can register online my clicking HERE.

Childcare is provided for children birth – 5th grade.

Thanks for taking a step with us,

JD





Ant Hills or Mountains?

27 06 2009

So a few days ago a good friend of mine, David, shot me this passage via text message:

Matt. 21:23-27

David pulled a thought out that was pretty interesting. He said that we, like the Pharisees, become paralyzed by the voices of the crowd. When we do this, Jesus chooses not to act.

Great point!

I continued to think through this a little more over the next day or so and went and read the passage again and this time read Matt. 21:18-27.

Matthew 21:18-27 brought some context to my thinking. Jesus tells the disciples that with faith and prayer nothing is impossible and that they could even move mountains. For me the issue here is that I often limit God to moving ant hills and not mountains. Most people don’t dream mountain sized dreams and pray mountain sized prayers. We are satisfied with God helping us close this next deal, helping us get a passing grade on a paper, or adding another 3% growth to our church again this year.

What if God’s real desire was to move a mountain on your behalf? How would you pray? What would you dream?

Then I read Matt. 21:23-27 and now Jesus is limited when we listen to the voices of the crowd instead of doing what He has asked. That lead me to post this Twitter update that still has me dreaming God sized dreams today.

via Twitter…

“Matt. 21:18-26 Will u be limited by the voices of the crowd or will Jesus move mountains on you behalf? Dont listen to the crowd. Pray big!”

What God sized dream has been growing inside of you that you have pushed aside because of the voices of the crowd? What great thing do you believe God can do through you if only you had the courage to start asking for it through prayer?





Buckhead Church – Good Friday Video

16 04 2009

Check out the awesome closing video Buckhead Church put together.





A Meaningful Easter

14 04 2009

For those of us in church world we should be the most attune to the amazing events that Easter celebrates, but sadly many of us have been guilty of letting the production and stress of getting everything right get in the way that we miss the simple message.

An innocent man died a criminals death to save me! Jesus did everything required to give me life and freedom from my sin.

So this Easter, 2 days ago, I determined to not allow that to happen. I am currently not committed to any church on the weekends so I often travel and serve other places. Columbia Church does not have a weekend service and will not for some time so we are always looking for places to serve.

On Good Friday I got a phone call from Jay Hardwick, a church planter and friend here in Columbia. Jay is the lead pastor of Awaken Church. They will not launch a public weekend service until this fall, but they did have a number of people who were going to be baptized on Easter. You can read about that on Jay’s blog. The people who were being baptized invited a TON of friends and family and all the sudden Jay needed help running and serving that morning. He asked if Columbia Church could help.

It was late notice, but I wanted to do anything I could to help. We were able to put together a small team of 11 to go and help. We set up the sound system, worship environment, children’s environment, served as host team, and ran the media presentation. It was awesome! Our Easter celebration was spent serving. I could think of no better way to thank Jesus for His sacrifice than by serving His church.

That day 7 people professed Jesus as their Lord and were baptized. I know we only had a small part in it, but we were blessed to have been used. God moved in that school cafeteria and eternity was changed.

I was never more proud of Columbia Church than I was this Easter as we served another church and watched and celebrated God changing lives.

After a great morning at Awaken Church I came home and took a 2 hour nap then went to my mother and father in-laws home for a wonderful dinner with family and Columbia Church friends. It really was a beautiful day celebrating all that Jesus has done for me.

Thank you Jesus!





Our First Columbia Church Info Meeting

28 03 2009
1st Information Meetign

1st Information Meeting

On Thursday March 26, we had our first Columbia Church information meeting. It was awesome to uncork some of the excitement that has been building over the last 2 months as we have been meeting in launch groups.

There were exactly 30 people in attendance and 9 of those we had never seen before. We were praying for 30 people so that was great to see. Those 9 individuals represent 5 unique families so the potential for growth is certainly there.

One thing that continues to surprise me is the balance of the demographics we are attracting. It is great to see us attracting those 40+ as well as the 20-30 crowd. This simply reinforces the idea that a dynamic relevant church is not a young person thing. This type of church is desired by everyone.

Take a minute to check out some of the set-up pics. You can click on the Flickr sidebar on the right side of the page or click here to go directly to my Flickr page.

A HUGE thank you to all the volunteers who made that evening happen. You served with excellence. I am humbled to serve you and excited to see what God does through us. THANK YOU!

JD





Ministry Pharisee

2 01 2009

Reading John 7 today it became apparent to me that I often critize other ministries that God is using to do great things. That is a pharisee!

Many times Jesus taught and did miracles and the Pharisees rejected Him. Here is John 7 they reject Him for several reasons, but one was because He is from Galilee. Galilee was not the place the Messiah was supposed to come from.

What do you do when the movement of God in your city comes from another place? Another ministry? Do you reject, criticize, and blog crap about them,  because it is not your ministry or do you believe and give glory to God?

I pray that as we launch Columbia Church we will embrase the activity of God that is happening in other places in our city. Places like Dutch Fork Christian Church,  Awaken Columbia , and East Lake Community Church , Newspring, and many others!

God move and may I not be a pharisee…





Night of Wonder – WOW

22 12 2008

So I sat on the edge of my seat at the Dutch Fork Christian Church Night of Wonder Christmas concert. I have never been so proud of the band and the production team. This was by FARE!!! the best DFCC production I have ever seen in the 7 years I have been here.

Jimmy Smith, our worship pastor, and his team hit a home run. I sat there with chills as I knew people were experiencing the spirit of God through the concert. The crowd was big, the music was awesome, and God showed up.

If you want to see a pic from my phone you can check the twitter updates on the right side of my blog, but I will also post some video clips as soon as I get them from our video guy. Jimmy, band, and production team you should all be very proud of what you did tonight. It was excelent! I can not wait to see some of the many new faces show up at DFCC again.