• Josh Anderson

Qrtrly Update: 3rd Qtr 2018

A 9-minute ministry update and financial snapshot for theHeart through September 2018.

theHeart is called to reconcile people to God and each other through Christ's Love. During the third quarter of 2018, we've continued to experience exciting momentum as we attempt to be and do church in a simple way. God is on the move within our community of faith.

That being said, we are just about to enter the last two months of the calendar year. And currently, we face a budget deficit of $68,777. Yes, this is a big number. But we believe we can overcome this shortfall by the end of December.

Why? Because God continues to provide us with many opportunities for growth, relational wholeness, and service to others. And while our efforts may seem simple, the results have been significant. Continue reading for more about some of the specific ways we've been living out our mission together.







Reaching the Next Generation

Our Next Generation Ministry, led by Next Generations Director Ethan Hardin, focuses on teaching kids, youth, and young adults through the Good News of Jesus Christ. The opportunities are vast, and yet our singular aim is to build deep, lasting relationships with God and one another.


"Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 18:3
  • Jesus' words remind us that there is something essential to our faith that is best modeled by children. In August, the kids began a journey through the gospel account of Luke, exploring the life, teaching, and ministry of Jesus. Our teachers have done a brilliant job helping the narrative, parables, and message of Jesus come alive. The Teaching Team sat imagining Jesus' calming of the storm, reading through key moments in the gospel. The Creation Team made microwave bread, helping engage all the senses for the story of Jesus feeding the crowd. The Play Team did a scavenger hunt in the gym, shedding light on the parable of the lost sheep. It is a joy to hear stories of parents reflecting on what their kids are grasping. Parents, students, and any servant-hearted brother or sister in Christ that is up for the joys and challenges of Kids Ministry, we invite you into the volunteer monthly role of serving, teaching, and building up our youngest in this family of faith.

  • This September Kids Ministry volunteers gathered together for a training breakfast.

  • We are looking for some loving Nursery Volunteers for next semester. Contact Ethan (ethan.hardin@theheart.us) for info about how to connect.


  • Our Youth Group has also been journeying with Jesus in Luke. Every Wednesday evening a small team of young adults come around our youth group for fun, study, and the sharing of faith. Our weekly rhythm has yielded amazing relationships between our college-aged volunteers and our middle- and high-school youth families. We are learning more and more about what it looks like to pursue the life of faith together, across generations, as one family.

  • The high-school girls bible study, hosted by coordinators Rachel Godwin and Hannah Siegel, has been exploring the whole narrative of the Bible in a study called "Seamless." This small group has grown close together, digging deep into scripture and life.


  • With nine interns, our internship has played a huge role in expanding our church's ministry efforts. Five veteran interns lead areas of Next Generations ministry, Worship ministry, Relational Care ministry, and communications. Our four first-time interns are investing themselves in some up-and-coming outreach projects. With a focus on spiritual formation, the interns are poured into by our staff and, in turn, pour themselves out for the building up of the church. May God continue to cultivate such a vibrant generation of servant-leaders. Meet our interns.

  • Applications for the Spring internship will be coming up soon. College-aged students interested in the internship can contact Ethan (ethan.hardin@theheart.us).

Caring for One Another

With an intentional focus on prayer, small groups, and care ministry Relational Care Pastor Graham Aitken helps develop and nurture relational wholeness within theHeart. We want to ensure that we grow deeper with one another, not just wider in attendance.

Relationships Within theHeart

  • Our prayer ministry is up and running and the Prayer Team has served the church faithfully throughout this quarter