Training Institute: United Kingdom Update

One of Harris Creek’s ministry principles, Create Over Reproduce, drives us as a body to pursue creative solutions to hurdles that we face as we look to seek the welfare of our city. Our culture is constantly shifting, and we desire to be proactive when positioning our church to intersect the Gospel with that culture. One way to approach the unknowns that lie ahead is to learn from those who ...

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2016 Sermon Recap

  As we near the end of 2016, I’ve taken some time to reflect on the past year, particularly when it comes to preaching. Every year I try to devote some time to processing how things went – what was effective, what was less than stellar, and how I can improve. Just like an artist, an actor/actress, or even a coach, there are some final products that I’m personally more pleased with ...

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Training Institute: U.K. (Month Review)

  Here’s a quick rundown of the first month of the Training Institute: U.K.: Katie Yarbro, Elizabeth Ogburn, and Merritt Denman are the first interns for the program, and they are all serving with One Church in Brighton, England. They hit the ground running and headed to Youth Camp, an off-site but nearby gathering of multiple congregations that gave the interns an early jump on meeting some One Church members. The ...

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Transitions and Planting Trees

Mark and Carol Welstead are the kind of people you want your children to know because they are the kind of people you yourself hope to become. Steady, reliable, and a brand of sincerity that can only be produced from one divine source. At a time such as this when we wait for God to demonstrate righteous deeds again, it's important to see the God-fearing people in our midst now as we proceed ...

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Welcome to Church

A faint ringing in the ears forced an inevitable pause in Mark’s Sunday morning. Standing outside of an historic, renovated theatre, Mark had been engaged in conversation alongside other volunteers preparing for their weekly gathering time. The gathering on some occasions was a homogenous roll call of arrangements and readings for like-minded and like-attired citizens, but nevertheless it was a once-every-7-days kind of reminder to Mark that there was more ...

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3 Factors in Providing Feedback // Life Group Evaluation

When Paul talks about the Church in 1 Corinthians 12, he says that the Church is a body. Such biology of the Church calls for frequent check-ups and evaluations in order to assure generally healthy standards. Although the providential work of God cannot be quantified with a blood pressure cuff, the effects of God's grace can be measured. As a small group church, we have various Life Groups that are everything ...

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Test Me in This

Covenant members with Harris Creek commit to give generously of their financial resources, their time, and their passions/giftedness for the local church and as the Church living on mission in the community. Hear from one of our members, Brooklynn Wynveen, about how she was recently challenged in her generosity. “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if ...

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One Question Every Twentysomething Could Live Without

I want to start off by saying I am guilty of asking this question and I might even venture out to say that probably everyone is. It’s a question every college student gets asked repeatedly when they go home for the holidays, but unfortunately even after graduating, the question still arises: “So, what’s next?” Cringe. The scariest question when you have no answer. Paul Agnone, in a Relevant article he wrote, put ...

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Learning to Ride

Self-preservation is a powerful motivator.  This was very apparent over the Memorial Day weekend.  My two sons had not learned to ride their bikes.  This is in part due to my poor fathering skills.  Apparently, I lack some refinement in this area, but another reason is that crashing one's bike is certainly a universal fear - that and waking up late for an important event.  Both will freeze you with ...

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