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Half the Old Testament is the word Remember. No, that’s not true. It’s 48%. I just rounded up. As Israel forgot, so do we. Today’s insert is a simple reminder of some of the standards we work to maintain as we sing for the Lord. My prayer is that you […]

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Preaching Rally 2011

November 8th, 2010

With trepidation and extreme excitement I make the announcement that our church will be hosting its first annual Preaching Rally, a day designed by content and directed toward young people’s hearts.  On the 4th Saturday of February, churches from all over Southern California will come to our church to hear three specifically designed messages from Romans 12:1-2.  The theme will change from year to year, but this year’s theme is simply entitled Surrender, and will compound to show The Motivation, The Strongholds, and The Victory. Much more can be read on the subject by clicking here, and we will be adding as much as possible to this website as the event grows nearer.

With as large a scale as we have envisioned, and with the level of excellence that we desire to promote, this type of event will allow for LOTS of church involvement!  While I do not even know yet what it will entail, a major overall goal is to develop leadership in the church and to involve 100% of the congregation.  “That’s impossible, Bro. Ryan!  Some people never do anything around here.”  Some have never been asked.  Some have never taken the initiative.  Some never really think about it.  Some don’t know what they could do.  As I write this, I’m thinking of Bro. Dave McCracken’s Sunday school message this morning on “Rugged Individualism,”  and how he said that those who are not involved think that 1) The church doesn’t need their help (pride), or 2) They don’t need the church’s help (pride).

I’m confident that if every person were individually offered a role they could fill, they would do so joyfully.  What eases SO many burdens of leadership is when people voluntarily offer their services and their help.  What would be wonderful is to have members who would say, “I can be available when you need me for whatever you need done.”  That is such a great spirit to have!

On another level, you would be invaluable if you could be trusted to become a “chief.”  We have some major areas of things that need to be done, and I don’t know how to do it all; nor do I have the time or skill to be able to think through and complete each step.  I cannot overemphasize the blessing that people are when they absolutely own a ministry or responsibility.

We are working very hard at getting things together and gathering our thoughts on what needs to be done, but some of the overall major areas are as follows:















Each area has several sub-sections, and some will be much more labor-intensive than others.  However, in this list is an opportunity for every willing individual.  What a blessing it would be for folks to take the initiative to say, “I’ll think through parking and get you a plan on what we’ll do that day.  I’ll help with food, but I don’t want to be in charge of it.  I’ll be in some skits if you need.  I can set up tables and chairs.  I will be on a decorating team, if you’d like…”  The list is endless, but doable with help.

Within the next couple months we will have a meeting to allocate help.  Please consider your part in this.  As we do our part to serve others, we trust God to bless our efforts.  Thank you for being so generous with your time already.  I can’t even explain how much this event has consumed my thoughts over the last month, and I am already terrified and excited about how it’s going to go!

We will communicate as often as possible.  Until then, enjoy the little preview that you have so far!

Thank you,


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