Weekend Rewind

A few highlights from an action-packed weekend…

  • Our entire Launch Team meeting on Sunday was spent with every one training, planning, and brainstorming with their respective serving teams. It was awesome to see our Team Captains take leadership and to see every one taking ownership of their areas! I’m telling you…God has assembled a powerhouse of a team to start Awaken Church!
  • Speaking of powerhouse of a team, I officially announced a couple of new staff additions as well as Sam Frye’s official role going forward. Sam will serve as our Connections Pastor and oversee our serving teams, community outreach, and our follow-up processes for first time guests, new Christians, and baptism candidates. Josh Davis has joined our team as our Worship Leader. Josh will be our primary worship leader on Sundays, assemble, develop, and lead our musicians/bands, and participate in the creative process for Sunday services, among other things. And, I hired the best children’s ministry director in the world…Lara Beth, my wife, will serve as our AwakenKids Director! She will oversee our Sunday morning environments for Preschoolers and Elementary-aged kids as well as our overall process to partner with parents.
  • Please note, that Sam, Josh, and Lara Beth are not receiving big fat salaries from Awaken. They are raising support, working other jobs, or volunteering.
  • We bought a 26 ft. UHaul truck, 400 feet of pipe & drape, and a bunch of staging from our friends at Oak Leaf Church in Cartersville, GA. Michael and his team are killing it in the Atlanta suburbs and we’re thankful for them passing on some of their stuff to us at a great, great price!
  • Going to get the above items was a bit of an adventure – Sam drove the truck back to Columbia in a downpour and it only took 5 hours. Only is a sarcastic term there… While Sam was trudging along back to Columbia, I went from Atlanta to Greenville, SC to pick up some children’s resources from our friends at Five Point Fellowship in Easley. Dean and his crew have been a huge blessing to Awaken! Sam and I got back to Columbia at the same time!
  • Had the honor of being on Clear Channel radio’s Carolina Cares show that aired on Sunday morning. Got to talk about Awaken, Movies in the Park, Love Columbia, and much more during the 30 minute show. I pray that Jesus was honored and His kingdom advanced as a result.
  • Last night, I used my iPhone to order interior signage from a company in Hong Kong! Technology is crazy!
  • Going to be a crazy week this week as we gear up for the second Movies in the Park on Friday night, a special prayer/communion service with our Launch Team on Sunday, and look ahead to our first Preview Service next Sunday! Wow!

Thanks to all of you who are praying for us and cheering us on as we get closer to officially launching Awaken Church! This has been a crazy adventure, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. God is all over this church and I can’t wait to see what He does over the next few weeks!


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