I want to invite you to our 4th ever Sneak Peek Experience this Sunday August 10th from 10-11:15pm at The NorVa so you can come get a first hand experience of the great things you’ve heard about.
I’ve talked with a lot of people about The Rising as so many people have heard the word that we are starting a new church, but for so many people when they think of starting a new church so many different ideas come to mind so I want to give you a brief history.
It was in the summer of 2012 that I first had the dream of starting a new church where people far from God could be raised to true life. What started as a dream and vision 2 years ago is now being molded into reality. After this initial desire to launch a church, this calling and vision was affirmed and supported in various ways.
My wife and I went to the Christian Evangelizing Association (CEA) for church planting assessment, spending a weekend with a team of people who assess whether someone has what it takes to launch a church – a qualifying and reflective sort of process to see if the journey we were about to set out on was something we were actually capable of doing (we all have passions and desires but don’t always have the skill set and ability to act out on those passions and desires – I like music, but you don’t want me to sing!) We took tests, completed personality profiles, had our marriage looked at, answered a waterfall of questions and at the end of our assessment, this team that specializes in guiding church planters gave us a green light to launch, saying we were ready and we had what it took!
We began to build a launch team, a group of people who have come alongside us and said, we are working together to launch this church to see a movement take place in the city of Norfolk. Our launch team started with just me, Irene and Amaya, but over 2 years has grown to about 35 committed people who tithe and serve to see The Rising launch.
We fundraised and continue to do so, (feel free to give here) asking people to give to the vision of a new church that would seek to reach the 74% of people in the city of Norfolk who aren’t part of a church and in 2 weeks we raised over $51,000 for the course of the year. We found a location to meet on Sundays at The NorVa. We’ve done a shoe drive in a city. We hired a Kidz Coordinator and Worship Coordinator (some of the best and most qualified people around)! We’ve had 1, 2, 3 Sneak Peek Experiences and our 4th is this Sunday. Our Grand Opening is a little over a month away on September 14th. Oh, and there’s still more to come!
All this to say that launching a new church takes a lot of work, money and people. If you read about our success and growth it didn’t happen over night and we still need people to pitch in, come, serve and give as we move forward toward our launch date. I appreciate you taking the time to read this, but would you now consider an action to take, joining us as we launch by committing to come, to serve and/or to give? You have amazing opportunity to join us just before we launch!
So I want to invite you to our 4th ever Sneak Peek Experience this Sunday August 10th from 10-11:15pm at The NorVa so you can come get a first hand experience of the great things you’ve heard about – after all, we’ve been planning this for the past 2 years!