• Josh Anderson

theQrtrly Update: 2nd Qtr 2018

An 8-minute ministry update and financial snapshot for theHeart through June 2018.



theHeart is called to reconcile people to God and each other through Christ's Love. During the second three months 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.


He is providing 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 as a church family.


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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 Gospel. The opportunities are vast, and yet our singular aim is to build deep, lasting relationships with God and one another.


Kids

  • After spending the first part of the year journeying through the Exodus, we looked at two different responses by God's people to the way of life he gave them at Sinai.

  • The month of May was spent learning of Ruth and her exemplary faith, while June focused on Jonah's reluctant sharing of the same faith.

  • The big news with Kids Ministry is the July sabbatical. Having the kids in the auditorium for the month has been a joy and encouragement. It is good to do church life as family. As August comes with the return of our formal Kids Ministry, we look forward to every moment spent together sharing God's story.

Youth

  • The Youth Group spent this quarter studying our identity in Christ. The contours of the human-divine relationship in scripture remind us just how much we mean to God: we are made in his image, we are his missionary representatives, and we are his honored guests. We discussed, studied, and grew in understanding of the way God sees us.

  • We also got more involved in the community. The Hunger and Health Coalition presented us opportunities to help the needy in the High Country and our youth responded. We collected items, donated our time, and helped the food pantry sort supplies for those in need around us. It is a blessing to see young believers follow Christ in service. And of course, we played lots of foursquare.

  • After a short break in July, we're returning to our weekly group gatherings in August, welcoming a new group of middle-schoolers with warmth and excitement.

Interns

  • Our interns continue to bless this church family. Five veteran interns are returning in the fall in leadership capacities in communications, relational care, youth ministry, and stage crew.

  • theHeart has also have selected a team of 4 first-time interns for the Fall.

  • While the interns are taking the summer off at theHeart, some are serving as camp counselors, others as missionaries. We look forward to starting the fall with this amazing servant-hearted team of young leaders.


Caring for One Another

With an intentional focus on Relational Care, a ministry led by Relational Care Pastor Graham Aitken, we can better 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

  • theHeart has built a Prayer Team of 18 individuals with a passion for prayer and a heart to serve the church in this capacity.

  • We will begin a new rhythm on Sunday, August 5, with a view to creating a safe space for people who would like prayer as part of our response time during the gatherings on Sunday mornings.

  • As part of our ongoing efforts to build deeper relationships, we're starting a weekly college small group on Sunday nights in the Fall. Graham has been meeting with students to identify felt needs and areas of interest. Additionally he has been researching available resources, compiling them, and adding some of his own insights and experiences to develop a tailored course of study.

  • theHeart is assembling a team that will travel to Badplaas, South Africa, November 14-25. Our goal is to continue in partnership with our friends at Emoyeni as we assist them in their efforts of restoring orphaned sons and daughters to our Heavenly Father. Graham will be leading the team.