What Happened To Trinity Fest?

What Happened To Trinity Fest?

I recently received an email from a writer on the Mitchel High School newspaper staff. They are running an article on ‘Why GCC canceled Trinity Fest,’ and I wanted to take an opportunity to let everyone peek into our leadership meetings and decision process concerning this fall’s strategy in connecting people to Christ locally! Since so many teens attend Trinity Fest, and since this topic is of interest to them, I thought I would post our comments for the paper in full because they convey the heart and hope of Generations Christian Church over the next few weeks!

Dear Mitch High School News Paper Reporter,

Thanks for reaching out to us to comment! We estimate that 8,000 people visited Trinity Fest last year and it was a fun event for our whole community. I, personally, LOVE this event and participated in everything from the 5K to the business expo and especially ate the equivalent of my weight in elephant ears.

Our main goal is ‘to connect people to Christ’ at Generations. So with everything we do, we evaluate how effective each tactic is that we employ to connect people in meaningful ways relationally to our church and Christ.

Our analysis showed that Trinity Fest was a GOOD event, and we look forward to bringing it back in the upcoming years. Our data also showed us that, of those 8,000 visitors, almost half of them also attended our one-night Fall Festival and Trunk-R-Treat event! This event proved to be one of our BEST events!

Because of this analysis, we have chosen to pause the tradition of Trinity Fest, in some respects, for the fall of 2019 and focus on working in more effective ways to achieve our primary goal while wisely using our resources for the most positive impact on our local community.

We are making our Fall Festival event on October 30th bigger this year with more family experiences, bounce houses, food trucks, and MORE decorated trunks with candy!

For students at Mitchell High School, we have a special event each month called “1st Wednesday”. This event happens every 1st Wednesday of the month at 7 pm for all students. We have put lots of resources into themed party environments, food, and massive inflatable games. This tactic has helped our Youth ministry grow every week. We are seeing high school students meet other kids, make friends, get into small groups, and get connected with mentors. 

This decision was just one of many we are doing that make an impact all year long and helps Generations realize our goal of connecting people to Christ more effectively!

Feel free to use any or part of the quotes above, and I’d also love to personally invite you to come out on a Wednesday to visit or get some photos for your article. Thanks again for letting us participate.

Blog Postscript

I was so excited to have pastor Mickey preach the second message in our current series, “This Is Your Time: Discipleship.” This message is our main strategy, to seek and find lost people. The next part of Jesus’ instruction is to baptize and teach them to obey all that Christ has commanded (Matt 28 16-20). The way we say it is simply this, “Connecting People to Christ.”

There is an urgency and expectancy we are concentrating on as a church right now with our tag line, “This Is Your Time.” We could have a massive festival and attract 10,000 people to our church property. That would be wonderful, and we would all rejoice at the influence for Christ we worked for. But even if that endeavor was financially successful in stewarding the provision of the Lord, and everyone also had a good time, it would still not guarantee we were moving faster towards our goal of making disciples! This is our priority, and we have a responsibility to consider it in each decision moving forward.

There is no doubt I do believe that getting people on our campus is a significant first step towards more in-depth community. When people come on our campus, we must be ready to engage them intentionally, and our church does a great job at this! We must be wise as we decide which tactics we use and in which order. 

I think the best illustration here comes from Jim Collins highly regarded book, Good to Great. Jim uses the idea of a flywheel or child playground Merry-Go-Round. It is very difficult to start pushing a fully weighted down Merry-Go-Round. However, once it is in full motion, a person can simply stand and maintain the speed by an occasional gentle tap the Merry-Go-Round. The amount of inertia it takes to start a big thing, like Trinity Fest, is much greater than the energy it takes to sustain it or add it to an organization that is already spinning quickly and effectively in the right direction.

So the next question in our strategic process is, “What tactics gain momentum towards our goal of connecting people to Christ the fastest?” What tactics are the most cost-effective and, at the same time, have the most substantial return on the kingdom investment? We invest time, resources, and creativity into many programs. The metric that we must always evaluate our strategies success by is “how many new people are being connected to Christ?” As a staff and leadership team, we have been prayerfully asking these questions for the past year.

We are looking forward to so many wonderful events and gathering times that reach out to our community and friends over this fall season! A person could not possibly attend them all! This is your time to engage the community God has placed you in and connect them to Christ!

THESE THINGS I LEAVE YOU …

THESE THINGS I LEAVE YOU …

You’re not going to want to miss a single week of this next series. If you are on vacation make sure you log in live (HERE) or catch up during the week because this new series is great for Christians who need to take a more in-depth look or those who have yet to make a confession to our Lord of belief!

Invite your friends, nag your family, and make sure you are tuned in because This Is Your Time to dive deeper, understand more, and take a quantum leap in your life spiritually.

Think about the bold statements that Christ made during His ministry! The Kingdom of Heaven is here! In the course of all human events has a more critical news scoop ever existed? The physical reality that we all know has been interrupted by the collision of the spiritual realm. Jesus himself broke the news when He announced, “The Kingdom of Heaven has arrived”. Three years later, he was gone and vanished into a cloud. His followers thought, “What now?”

Jesus left us with a mission and the tools to accomplish the task. If the Church is the vehicle, then what elements give it power? “These Things I Leave You . . .” is a series all about the aspects of the church that Jesus himself instituted. We can’t overlook the perfect plans He laid either himself or through His closest Apostles. We will look at these foundational elements that Jesus left us with to build His Kingdom here: Worship, Gifts of the Spirit, Scripture, Baptism, Communion, and the Hope of Heaven.

This is not an exhaustive list. Clearly, other things connect us to the power source of Christ like prayer, service, and obedience. Many of those essential elements to our Christian walk will come up in the series. Jesus introduced new things we need and reformed some Jewish customs to prepare us for joy in the task before us.

Don’t Miss A Week!

WORSHIP | June  8 & 9

Core Verse: John 4:23

Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 

Narrative Text: Exodus 40 | Tabernacle Experience

UNITY | GIFTS | June 15 & 16

Core Verse: Ephesians 4:4-7

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Narrative Text: Acts 15 | Circumcision

SCRIPTURE | June 22 & 23

Core Verse: 2 Timothy 3:16-17

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 

Narrative Text: Mark 4:35-5:43

BAPTISM | June 29 & 30

Core Verse: Acts 2:38

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Narrative Text: Exodus 14-15 | Crossing Sea

COMMUNION | July 6 & 7

Core Verse: John 6:53

Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 

Narrative Text: Exodus 12-13 | Passover

HEAVEN | July 13 & 14

Core Verse: Revelation 21:1-3

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.

Narrative Text: Revelation 21-22 | Heaven

2019 CORE 52 SERMON SERIES

2019 CORE 52 SERMON SERIES

I’ve announced a few times earlier this year about the exciting 2019 Core 52 sermon series plan. I am personally excited because I have the opportunity to partner with a dear friend on this project and the experience we are having on the weekends is awesome. Here is what we are working on in 2019:

Core 52 is a content road map for the weekend corporate teaching. Mark Moore is the developer and author of a book called Core 52. Mark has also custom designed a road map just for GCC, connecting the top 52 essential verses in God’s Word with the top 52 ‘can’t miss’ narrative texts! Now, I have to give this sidebar real quick, this isn’t legalistic folks! We know there isn’t a passage that says, “here are the most important verses.” (besides when Jesus said this is the GREATEST COMMANDMENT OF ALL in Matthew 22!) However, after years of study and teaching at the collegiate level, Mark has zeroed in on what he believes are the most important texts to build on. If we start with these 52 verses and 52 narrative texts, the base knowledge in both testaments and primary historical contexts will prove to be a firm bible foundation. This is one of the significant things that we are all called to do, ‘teach and closely watch out for sound doctrine’ in 1Timothy 4:16.

Perhaps you haven’t noticed that we are in a long 52 week series. That is because our creative arts team has broken the larger series into smaller mini-series with compelling theming (Thanks to our team!). We are super thankful for the road map that Mark has created. We would encourage you to grab his book too! Don’t worry, this won’t spoil the GCC weekend experience! God’s Word is deep and wide! Sometimes we have tracked just with the main memory verse and haven’t had time to use the narrative text as the means to explain or teach the memory verse. There’s nothing wrong with this! We can’t go wrong when we are opening God’s Word and digging in. Some of the themes will line up for sure with Mark’s book, but our custom GCC mini-series and weekly snapshots are tailor-made for what we are experiencing here at GCC!

Here is the win for our church and how you can participate:

  • Join us in memorizing these 52 verses here!
  • Join us in taking a quantum leap in understanding God’s Word in a deeper way!
  • Pray for God to help you understand His Word in a deeper way.
  • Invite anyone who doesn’t understand God’s plan for their life to join us on this journey at GCC.
  • Watch this video HERE

This is Your Time . . . to Dive Deeper!

SPECIAL INGREDIENTS FOR OUR SEASON . . .

If we were to look at the necessary ingredient list for our new choir initiative, it would read like the labels we see in stores on ordinary products we buy every day. I never looked at ingredient labels until we had kids. I soon came to find out that my favorite items had the first, and thus largest volume, an ingredient of ‘high fructose corn syrup.’ Come to find out, all of my favorite foods, that I thought were different, were actually just different textures and colors of the same main ingredient- corn syrup.

Ingredients matter and so have been prayerfully considering the elements that we add to our new Choir initiative. I imagine you are thinking now about the correct first and most important ingredient. This is a metaphor so don’t blow a fuse thinking and overthinking this theologically. The environment we are making our Choir in has some given elements that are foundational and not considered ingredients. These things would include the Holy Spirit, Faith, and Unity in Christ. These things are so elementary to what we do that they are as Paul described in Acts 17:28 how we, “…live and move and have our being.”

Here are our ingredients: Leadership and Songs!

We invite you to welcome both and get to know them!

  • Practice Starts: April 4

Ingredient #1 Leadership

Jonathan Wimp is a worship leader and music Director that I have known since college. We both attended Cincinnati Christian University around the same time and traveled together leading worship when Matchbox 20 was a popular band.

Jonathan

“I grew up in a small but strong church in the southern Indiana town of Scottsburg, where the Lord called me to Himself and eventually into ministry. Following His call has taken my family and me all over the country where I have served in local churches over the last 23 years. 

My wife, Julia (who is Russian) and I met in Moscow, Russia in 2003 and in February we will celebrate our 12th anniversary. We have three little girls: Nelly (9 years old), Mila (5 years old), and Amily (like Emily but with an “Ah” sound, 2 years old) who are teaching us daily about the love of God.

I have dedicated my life to the service of the Lord and am excited to partner with and lead those the Lord has and will call to service through Worship Ministry. I can’t wait to meet, grow with, worship with, and serve you! Be Blessed!”

Ingredient #2 Songs

“Raise a Hallelujah”

“Great Things”

“It is Finished” – Passion

If you missed some of my previous thoughts on starting a GCC Choir I would ask you to take a look at the first blog I wrote a few months ago and see the heart behind the vision:

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