Maybe you haven’t asked this question before… Maybe you have… Maybe you should have…
Regardless, we are asking this question for you. What does it mean for Epic Church to be doing a “Launch Team”. Here is the simple answer:
We are building a team, to launch a church, that makes Jesus’ name famous!
Honestly, I’m not sure if we have really known that about ourselves before now. Tonight at Launch Team, we made it pretty clear that this is who we are, that we are trying to build a team to launch a church that will make Jesus’ name famous. For those of you who weren’t there tonight, let me break that down for you…
Building a Team:
What does it mean to build a team? That’s a great question, thanks for asking! :) It means a whole host of things. It means that we are actually recruiting people, there is still room on our team for more players, and we are pretty sure that some of our best players may have never hear about Epic Church before, they may not have even heard of Jesus before. We are reaching out to people and inviting them to be a part of Epic.
It means that we need to be learning to care for each other and work towards really working together – we don’t have room for hot shot players who don’t see themselves as part of the team. Even if you are on the bench for a particular “play” you are cheering on your team mates who are out there leaving it all on the field. It means that we do training and teaching around what it means for us to be a team that launches a church. It means that we get pumped about having the chance to make Jesus’ name famous. It literally means that our meetings are going to change how they look, they will intentionally be designed to reflect this goal.
It means that if you don’t know what position you play on the team, that you need to be figuring that out! We have positions open and we have a huge need for people who are passionate about ministry and you can be a part of it! This is super exciting stuff!
Launching a Church:
Notice that we didn’t say we are buying a building – now don’t get scared that maybe we won’t be getting the building, we are still working towards that end and with God’s hand in it, we will get the building. But this is not our purpose. A building is a tool, not an end. We want to launch a church, a called out group of people that will make Jesus’ name famous! We want to be so passionate about our neighbors and friends that we will do anything, short of sin, to see them come to know Jesus! This means that there are going to be a lot of ways for you to “play” over the next several months. We are going to need people to canvas neighborhoods, we are going to need to spend time in deep prayer for what God is wanting to do, we are going to need people to step up and deliver the best care for kids a worship experience has ever seen. It means that you need to be driving deeper and deeper into the 3c’s (celebrating God, connecting with others, and contributing your time, talents and treasures). This means that YOU matter to what happens on and off the field at Epic!
Making Jesus’ Name Famous:
How do we do this? I will tell you as simple as I can, we do it 1 person @ a time!
As people get connected to God and make Jesus the Lord of their life, guess what happens, He becomes famous in their hearts and minds – He becomes the center of their universe! This is what matters more than anything. So, how do we accomplish this God sized, never gonna be finished vision? We do it by working towards our mission, connecting people to God, 1 person @ a time! There are a few tools we will utilize along the way – killer kids programming, fantastic worship, applicable teaching, planting other churches, baptizing people left and right. But every single most important thing we can do as a church is to focus on making Jesus’ name famous – because that is indispensable everything else can change, some things can be “accomplished”, but this will never change and will never be finished – we will always be working on “it”!