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Leadership Retreat

Written by Marshall Mead on . Posted in Church Update

LeaderSHIFT

Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. (Hebrews 13:7)

LeadersOver Labor Day weekend, the LAICC singles ministry hosted 155 single leaders from all over the West Coast in Big Bear, California for LeaderSHIFT. This was the first weekend entirely devoted to spiritual leadership in the singles ministry.

What was LeaderSHIFT? A weekend devoted to the spiritual inspiration and growth of our leaders. A weekend focused on what God says about leadership. A weekend focused on encouraging and strengthening our leaders. A weekend focused on shifting the perception of singles leadership in God’s church for current and future leaders.

Amazing things happened even before the retreat began. As singles registered for the event, they were asked to complete a DiSC Profile Assessment that was used to each individual get in touch with their leadership strengths and areas of growth opportunities. These results were used throughout the weekend amongst the different lessons and discussion groups to add depth and insight into our personal leadership styles. The lessons focused on different areas of leadership, such as The Call of Leadership, The Gifts of Leadership, and The Cost of Leadership. Mike Rock gave a power and moving lesson on what it means to give up your life for Christ to be a disciple and serve others.

Through lessons, discussion groups, prayer times, hikes, and activities, there was something for each person to help them to connect with God, connect with His Word, and connect with each other.

Overall, the weekend was a great success! Retreat goers were moved to continue in their leadership or to start leading. On a post-weekend survey, one comment that sums up the feeling of those who attended was:

I am so humbled to be a part of such an amazing church! These events really help me look within myself and be strengthened into Christ. All the lessons this weekend focused on the heart of why we do what we do, and that’s key to building other areas.

God is working powerfully in the singles ministry on the West Coast and we look forward to many more events that highlight and strengthen the amazing singles ministry!

Covenant Relationships 3

Written by Marshall Mead on . Posted in Spiritual Growth

Covenant Relationships 3

This is the 3rd and final installment of the Covenant Relationships sermon series. In Part 1 we saw the need to recommit to one-another discipling relationships that call us higher in our walk with Christ and transform us into more than we could achieve on our own. In Part 2 we talked about the tools to work through conflict, to overcome hurt, and restore trust when relationships break down. Now let’s talk about the rewards of Covenant Relationships. When you commit to one another and make an emotional investment, you are then able to draw from the benefits of these genuine friendships within the body of Christ. Yes, the Bible calls us to one another relationships and that should be enough motivation for all who strive to live as Christians. However, when we begin to count the rewards we receive when we strive to build and maintain covenant relationships, we would be silly to try to tread down the narrow path without them. We are blessed to have friendships in Christ that make life rich and fulfilling.

Elevate

Written by Marshall Mead on . Posted in Reporting

Singles in Denver

ISC2014The 2014 International Singles Conference (ISC) entitled “Elevate” was a game changer for the Singles Ministry around the world! The conference was hosted by the Denver Church of Christ over the weekend of September 26-28, and was attended by almost 2,500 singles from around the United States and from 19 countries outside the U.S.

Unique to this year’s conference was the opportunity for single disciples to share “elevaTED TALKS”, rather than keynote speeches for the main evening sessions. Dominic Luu from Orange County kicked it off on Friday night and spoke about courage to overcome our limiting fears. Jacqueline Guthrie from Atlanta spoke vulnerably about her journey as a disciple, specifically in the area of celibacy. On Saturday, Kimba Henderson from Turning Point shared about using your gifts and talents to glorify God. And Cesar Hernandez from Las Vegas shared about finding your purpose and passion – the thing that God created you to do.

As ministry leaders in the Singles Ministry, I urge you to pray for a harvest of open hearts in this critical demographic. Invite your unmarried friends to church! Reach out to those who are single again – it is a fast-growing segment of our community. According to data used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in its monthly job-market report, some 124.6 million Americans are single – which represents 50.2 percent of those who were 16 years or older. In 1976, it was 37.4 percent and has been trending upward since. Over half of the adults in the United States are not married. God is using the Singles ministry in our fellowship of churches to share the message of Christ. But we ask you to join the effort, as we all are within arms reach of singles in our workplace, schools, and our neighborhood.

Read the featured article about the 2014 ISC on Disciples Today:

Watch the elevaTED TALKS (and all the other lessons from the 2014 ISC)

Covenant 2

Written by Marshall Mead on . Posted in Spiritual Growth

Covenant Relationships 2

Reconciling and Repairing Relationships

In part 1 of this series we saw the need to recommit to one-another discipling relationships that call us higher in our walk with Christ and transform us into more than we could achieve on our own. One of the barriers in all such relationships is the inevitability of conflict to arise. The temptation is to withdraw, take a step back, and then protect our hearts from the possibility of being hurt again. Instead, we need to learn how do we work through conflict, to overcome hurt, and restore trust. How do we forgive one another from the heart? And how do we become friends again after such periods of disagreement? This is the subject of the 2nd installment of Covenant Relationships.

Financial Peace

Written by Marshall Mead on . Posted in Announcements

Financial Peace

OCFPUThe Orange County Church of Christ will be participating in Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU) as a congregation starting in February 2015. Prior to that, we will be hosting some trial runs of FPU in a small group format. To participate in these groups you must
Click on the class specific link to register for the class and order your FPU membership materials ($93 plus S&H). Please order soon so you can have materials by the start of your class. You can send a quick email to the Group Host to notify them of your enrollment.

Attend the 9 week program and complete the required homework assignments
Week 10 – CELEBRATION TIME!

NORTH ORANGE COUNTY FPU CLASS

Location: 900 South Sunkist Street Anaheim, CA, 92806
Contact:John Varughese at ten.ngisedccenull@nhoj
Dates: Tuesdays at 7:30pm starting Tuesday Sept. 23
Order Materials for NORTH OC CLASS

SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY FPU CLASS

Location: 10 Goodyear Irvine, CA, 92618
Contact: Michael Messina at moc.liamgnull@anissemleahcimrd
Dates: Fridays at 7:00pm starting Friday Sept. 26
Order Materials for SOUTH OC CLASS

Our FPU Stewardship Advisor for OC Church of Christ:
Joshua Collier at moc.yesmarevadnull@reilloc.auhsoj
SPANISH

Location: 10 Goodyear Irvine, CA, 92618
Dates: Wednesdays at 7:30pm, Starting October 5th (6 weeks)
Contact: Mauricio Mairena at moc.oohaynull@maneriam
Cost: $59.00, will be collected per Family or Individual
Materials will be ordered together at the same time.

FAQ’s

Q. What if we have to miss a week or two?
A. Please try not to miss; the class participation cannot be replaced. However if you have a previous conflict, you will be given the AUDIO CD’s of every lesson with your FPU Membership and so if you miss a class session: Please just listen to the audio CD and complete the required assignments for that week.

Q. If we are married, should we both go through FPU together?
A. YES! The effectiveness of the class is dependent on the unity of husband and wife committing to prayer and the application of these financial principles together. If at all possible, don’t go at this alone; bring along your spouse at no additional cost!

Q. Is Childcare provided?
A. We are trying to ensure that childcare will be provided for both classes. This will take some creativity so stay tuned. If you can take care of childcare through outside means, please do so. However, we don’t want this to be the reason why you cannot participate. We may try to “hire” some teens or others to help out, so maybe we can all pitch in a few bucks each week for some entrepreneurial teens! We will likely be showing videos from the Financial Peace Junior program while the parents are in class. We haven’t finalized all of the details yet, but please know that we will. So don’t let that keep you from signing up! To see information about FPU Junior click  here.

Q. Will we have to attend FPU in the Spring 2015 if we go thru this trial group?
A. Yes, we will all be going through it together. However, you will NOT have to pay any additional cost. And you will probably be in a much better place financially and with your budget – so you may not have to complete the homework that everyone else is doing. But MORE IMPORTANTLY – when we go through FPU as a church we will need many helpers to form the necessary “teams” to lead the church through this process. So you can help behind the scenes as part of one of the various teams – Promotions team, Prayer team, Celebration team, etc. You will be a great help during the corporate FPU experience!

Q. What if we’ve already done FPU or have an FPU membership? Do we have to pay to go through it again?
A. Anyone with previous FPU Membership is welcome to participate in the class for no additional charge. FPU Central online is a new tool that was added to the 9 week FPU. Members who have the 13-week material do not have a Membership ID so they won’t have access to FPU Central. To get access to FPU Central a returning Member can upgrade their entire FPU Membership ($49) or workbook only ($19.95) A Member ID will be included with either option. If you would like to upgrade, please have them contact Kelli 877-378-2667 Ext: 5700 and mention your Name/Class Location and she will gladly assist you.

If you would like to watch a video from Dave Ramsey – there are plenty on Youtube. Here’s an introduction video of Dave Ramsey explaining the origins of Financial Peace University.

Covenant Relationships

Written by Marshall Mead on . Posted in Spiritual Growth

Covenant Relationships

The New Testament has dozens of “one another” scriptures that bind us together in the body of Christ. What a great and exciting responsibility God has given us to carry them out! Love one another, instruct one another, agree with one another, submit to one another, encourage one another, offer hospitality to one another…and on and on! One way to fulfill these commands is entering into and maintaining one-on-one discipling relationships. Others may call it mentorship. We are not unfamiliar with these terms but we are always trying to improve on the IMPLEMENTATION of such a structure of relationships within the church. This sermon series entitled “Covenant Relationships” embarks on this task: a call to recommit ourselves to one another discipling relationships such that they become an effective device for personal growth and a vehicle in which the church can fulfill these many “one another” commands. The Biblical backdrop of this series is a study on the relationship between David and Jonathan found in the books of 1st and 2nd Samuel. The hope is that these relationships become even more – that they become deep, rewarding friendships that call us higher in our walk with Christ. And ultimately, we believe it is God’s desire to continually transform those in the church into the image of Christ! Let us pray that our one another relationships continue to serve as a fashioning tool to help achieve that goal.

Covenant Relationships