Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Strong Foundations

This weekend Stephanie and I are taking the kids down south to spend some time with extended family. We're even going to spend a day out on the swamp buggy on some family property near Hobe Sound.

It's good to remember where you're from.

In the next couple of weeks, we're going to talk about some big plans for the future of Access Church.

But before we look too far ahead, we're also going to spend some time reflecting on the history of Access Church. It's good to remember how far God has brought us.

Just one year ago, there were less than 10 families supporting Access Church financially. Today there are more than 40 couples and singles giving on a regular basis.

Just one year ago, there were less than 20 people meeting in Access Community Groups. Today there are almost 100.

Just one year ago, there were 51 volunteers serving at Access Church. Today more than 80 of you have chosen to give of your precious time.

One way to express this growth would be to compare April 2007 and April 2008.
  • Volunteerism? Up 15%
  • Attendance? Up 47%
  • Giving? Up 298%
  • Groups? Up 400%
These are significant numbers for us because they indicate that more and more are buying in to the mission that is behind Access Church. More and more understand that we are here to reach the city of Jacksonville, not keep a bunch of church-folk happy.

This is building a strong foundation for a church that, I believe, is poised to significantly impact this city.

Thank you for all you are doing to position this church for great things! Our giving in April was the best it's ever been. Each month we get closer to becoming financially independent. Each month we have more volunteers to help us go faster, further. Each month you support us with your prayers and invite those who don't like church to come and experience God in a new way.

Thank you!


OpenID said...

This is exciting stuff Rich! So cool to see God working through you guys!

May 22, 2008 6:54:00 AM EDT  

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