A Word From Smooth – April 2010

  1. When it comes to personality conflicts, remember to elevate the mission. It's not about you. It's about Jesus and helping others connecting with him.
  2. Your role is not just to fill a position. God has gifted you to be a part of this team and your role has eternal significance. 
  3. Don't forget our team meeting on Sunday, April 25th at 1:15! We need you all to be there.

First Impressions Teams: 02/10 # 1

Important notes to remember:

  1. Stay focused on the mission. Our mission is to help people follow Jesus. Our job as a FI team is to help remove barriers and distractions. Be focused on our guests making them feel welcome, loved, and accepted.
  2. New series driven card. If your job is to hand out these cards, please help us inform our people that they should take these home and put them up where they will see them.
  3. iJump: 100 leaders in 50 days! Who do you know that is not serving anywhere? Invite them to come hang out with you one week when you are serving and then connect them with your director to get them involved. Everyone snag someone!

About This Site


What is the purpose of this thing anyway?

The purpose of this site is to help me keep you informed with what is going on in your area of ministry. With the rate at which our church is growing and, likewise, as our ministry teams continue to grow, it becomes increasingly difficult for me to maintain personal communication with all my leaders in different areas (people like yourself). 

Hopefully, this site will help you hear from me personally more often than just once a quarter at a quarterly team meeting. At Journey, we value you as a leader, and our desire is to help facilitate you in your ministry as much as we possibly can. Thanks for all you do! You are appreciated.

About Smooth


One-Line Bio

Smooth is a follower of Jesus and a Pastor here at Journey. He leads and/or oversees many of the different ministries here at Journey, probably including the ministry of which you are a part, which is probably why you are here hearing this “Word from Smooth…”

Biography

Smooth and Kelly came to Journey in February of 2007. They had been looking for a church family that they could believe in and invest their lives in, and realized they had finally found it when they found Journey. Needless to say they were excited to begin a new level of involvement as Smooth joined the pastoral staff in November of 2007.
Smooth has some degrees you probably don’t care about, and hopes to one day hold a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics (which you probably also don’t care about). Smooth and Kelly have three girls, Cana, Kayil, and Karis and consider raising a genuine Jesus-loving family their top calling in life.

Interests

Following Jesus, theology, philosophy, ethics, church history, studying Scripture, my family, being a great husband and dad, Jeeps, music, and probably a lot of other things I can’t think of right now.

P is for Prayer NOT Pancakes

As of late, my eyes have been opened to the world of worship that comes from IHOP. Not the restaurant where I always order the country fried steak, eggs and hash browns that comes with a free "short stack" on the side. No, I'm talking about the International House of Prayer based in Kansas City. Their story is a testimony to the fact that the Holy Spirit is still moving and working today.It would behoove you to check it out (yes, I used "behoove").

IHOP has many worship leaders and worship teams. Luke Wood is one of their worship leaders that I have followed for several years now. But over the past two weeks I have been introduced to two other guys from IHOP: Justin Rizzo and Cory Asbury. What I love about the music that comes from these guys is that every song is soaked in Scripture and is so worshipful that it obviously stems from a deep and intimate relationship with Jesus.

I bring all of this up here in my blog, because (1) you need to support their music by purchasing their albums (all of which are available on iTunes), and (2) I believe that it will bless you the way that it has blessed me.

Here are a few of my favorite lines from Rizzo and Asbury:

As I see the height from which you reign
and the depth to which you came
As I see the height to which you brought me
and the depth from which you saved

I will praise you
I will love you with all of my heart
I will praise you forever and ever

- "I Will Praise You" by Justin Rizzo

***

In the end, all I have is you
You are my great reward
Through it all I will not lose heart
For you are my glory and the lifter of my head

You delivered me, for you delight in me
 I am your beloved one
Now I give my life
I surrender
Come and take me, I am yours

You called me out from the darkness and shined your light
Raised me up from death and gave me life
Now I love you
Lord, I love you forever

- "Psalm 18" by Cory Asbury

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Good stuff. Go buy these albums: Found Faithful by Justin Rizzo and Let Me See Your Eyes by Cory Asbury. You won't regret it.

I Love My Pastor

There are actually a lot of reasons why I love my pastor, but today I just want to share one.

Yesterday, Pastor Jimmy and I had a meeting over lunch. We were riding together back to the warehouse when my wife called. From the very first words out of her mouth, I could tell that she was beyond frustrated, and that she had probably been crying just before she called me. She began to explain to me how she went to get our baby car seat out of the shed (our new baby is due in 1 week) only to discover that it is covered in mold, lots and lots of fuzzy, hairy mold. 

This car seat would have made anyone cringe, but Kelly is a "germaphobe" and I'm sure just the thought of putting our baby-to-be in that car seat made her nauseous. But she is also very aware of our financial situation and that we don't have the money to buy a new car seat right now (We're not poor by any strectch of the imagination, but we live on tight budget). So being the amazing wife that she is, she sucked it up, took the car seat inside and began taking it apart so that she could clean it up. When she got the individual pieces of fabric off of the car seat, she began to smell the distinct scent of urine. She knew that if it was in the fabric, it was also down in the nooks and crannies of the car seat itself. And since it had been in the shed, her first thought is: "rats have been in this car seat." It's at that point that she began crying. Now my wife NEVER uses coarse language. So you know for her to use coarse language she's really worked up. When she called me, she said that all she could think about was putting our little newborn baby girl in "rat piss!"

I tried to calm her down, and tell her that it was okay and that we didn't have to use that car seat. So I said, "Just talk to me about solutions. Don't worry about that car seat. We won't use it. That's not an option. But obviously we don't have the money to go out right now and buy a new one. So what's the solution?" After a few minutes, we decided that Craig's List was probably our best option. I told her that I would cancel what I had going on that evening and that we could go check out some car seats from Craig's List if she would search see what's out there. This solution was, of course, a huge stretch for her because she is "germaphobe" and would have no knowledge of what may have happened in any used car seat we could find. But she was willing to look, and I agreed to find the money to make it happen.

When I got off the phone, Pastor Jimmy turned to me and said in typical Jimmy fashion, "So, what's the deal?" I said, "what do you mean?" He said, "With your wife. What's the deal?" So I began to unfold for him the whole scenario. When I was finished, he said, "That's really funny because Beverly and I wanted to do something for you guys for the new baby. And just before your wife called, I was about to ask you if there was anything that you still really needed for the baby. So is that what you need? You need a car seat?" I told him that was definitely what we need. He turned to me and said, "Dude, that's a done deal. Call your wife back right now so she won't stress over it anymore." When I called my wife back and gave her the news, she didn't respond immediately. I have AT&T, so I couldn't tell if we had been disconnected or if she was crying. As it turns out, she had been so stressed out over this, and now she was so relieved and overjoyed that she was weeping on the other end of the phone! From there, Jimmy immediately took me to the bank where he withdrew and handed me more than enough money to cover the cost of a new car seat. Later that evening, I turned that money over to my wife which she used to go out and buy a brand new car seat for little baby Karis.

Kelly is a very happy and very grateful mom. I'm happy because she's happy, and I'm blessed to serve Jesus with a man like Jimmy. I love him not just because he was (and is) generous to me and my family, but because he genuinely loves, appreciates, and invests in us.

So Jimmy, from the entire Via Family Clan (Smooth, Kelly, Cana, Kayil, & Karis): 

We love you and appreciate you. Thank you for being a blessing to our family.

Innovate Church Day 2 -

About Journey Students

We believe that students are a part of the church. They are not the church of tomorrow, they are the church of today. As such, we do not believe that students should be largely segregated from the rest of the church. At Journey we do not have a “youth church” or a “youth group.” What we do have is a Student Ministry which seeks to provide adequate and appropriate environments for our students to help them follow Jesus. 

We do recognize that students have a particular set of needs and interests that we have a responsibility to meet with the understanding that contextualization is necessary with every generation and every culture. But we are not a separate entity simply owned and operated by Journey Church. We are Journey Church, and our vision, mission, and goals are the same. We want to help people follow Jesus. The strategy is connect, grow, & serve. So as a Student Ministry we seek to provide adequate and appropriate environments for our students to connect, grow, and serve.

About Journey Church

For-blog

For more information visit takeajourney.org

What kind of church is Journey Church?
Journey Church is an independent non-denominational church. Our body of
believers is diverse and comes from many denominations and backgrounds.
Journey does partner with denominations, groups, and organizations that
offer vital help in assisting us to accomplish our mission. For
example, we partner with the Southern Baptist Convention for the
purposes of world missions. We also partner with the Willow Creek
Association and the Fellowship Church Network in the area of leadership
development.

What are we all about at Journey Church?
Our mission is to help people follow Jesus. We define a follower of Jesus as someone who gets to know Him and responds.

What can I expect at Journey?
You can expect a
group of people that will love you and welcome you for who you are. You
will see all different types of people from all different walks of life
looking to move forward in their journey with Christ. You will find
worship that is alive and relevant, teaching that is helpful and
inspiring, and an environment where you can come as you are and be
accepted for who you are. In short, you will find a place where you can
be comfortable just being you.

About Smooth

One-Line Bio

Smooth
is a follower of Jesus and a Pastor at Journey Church in
Raleigh, NC. He and his wife Kelly have three girls, Cana, Kayil and Karis.

Biography

Smooth
and Kelly came to Journey in February of 2007. They had been looking
for a church family that they could believe in and invest their lives
in, and realized they had finally found it when they found Journey.
Needless to say they were excited to begin a new level of involvement
as Smooth joined the pastoral staff in November of 2007.
Smooth has some degrees you probably don’t care about, and hopes to one
day hold a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics (which you probably also don’t
care about). Smooth and Kelly have three girls Cana, Kayil, and Karis consider raising a genuine Jesus-loving family their top calling in
life.

Interests

Following
Jesus, theology, philosophy, ethics, church history, studying
Scripture, my family, being a great husband and dad, Jeeps, music, and
probably a lot of other things I can’t think of right now.