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Unleash, Session 1
Perry Noble

My notes and thoughts…
-The myth behind growing churches is style. Growing churches happen because of leadership. And it is Godly leadership that makes the difference.

Four Leadership Principles from the Life of Moses
1) Moses simply listened to God and obeyed Him. That’s what Godly leadership is: Listening to God and then acting on what He says to do.

-Time with God is the most important thing a pastor does. The pastor has to be listening to God! [Hebrews 13:17, Haggai 1:7-8, Haggai 2:9]

-In Scripture, God never gave a vision to a committee. He always gave it to a man.

My thoughts…
Thank God for The Purpose Driven Church. God changed my life and many others through Rick Warren and that book. It brought the church from being program driven to purpose driven. I believe that the church God is building now is the “Spirit Driven Church.” [And don’t send me emails saying that the PDC is spirit inspired. I already said it changed my life.] What I’m saying is that the churches I see out there that are really growing are the ones with leaders who are asking God to speak and when He does; they listen – and then act.

2) Moses did not compromise the vision God gave to him. Powerful people in your church will always try to altar your vision for your church. [Exodus 2:5-27]

A lot of church leaders today talk about closing the “backdoor.” Perry says it’s okay to have backdoor. He reminded us that the church is a body…so it needs a backdoor ☺.

Perry challenged pastors and church leaders to be prophets with the vision and carry it out through the people. Not a prostitute with the vision who sells it to the highest bidder.

*If you are a church planter, that statement is GOLD!

3) Moses didn’t try to do it all. [Numbers 11:14-17]

Surround yourself with Godly people. Learn to delegate. Give away ministry. Give away responsibility.

Also, pastors have to learn to rest. Perry says that a preacher should only be up on Sundays about 40 to 42 times a year. I LIKE THIS!

Nelson Searcy and Kerrick Thomas of The Journey (www.nyjourney.com) do a great job of team teaching. I think they have about three guys on staff who are all good communicators. That gives Nelson time to rest and unwind. I think over the years it has helped him become an even better communicator.

4) Moses was willing to attempt the impossible. [Deuteronomy 6:10-12]

Perry said to spend time with God, get His vision, dream big and never compromise it.

I think one of the reasons we compromise is because of fear. One of the big fears that tempts us to compromise is the fear of money. Money should never be an excuse for dreaming big and staying with the vision. Perry: “If it’s God’s will, it’s God’s bill!”

My thoughts…
A lot of church leaders (finance committees) look at money like a pie. And they cut it up into little slices and under fund God’s vision. What we fail to realize is that God is the BAKER. When one pie is gone He just bakes another – or many more – whatever His vision requires.

Don’t make money your excuse for compromising God’s dream for your life and church!

Hey Rocky River Church!

Hey from London Rocky River Church! I sure do miss you guys - and I'll you miss you at church tomorrow for sure. While you're worshiping I'll be flying home from London. I've had a great trip. Anyway, I'll be praying for you guys and the worship services at 9:00am and 10:45am. Pastor Donnie has a great message tomorrow about the transforming grace of Jesus Christ. YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS IT! And be sure and bring a friend or two with you. It's not too late to invite someone to be your guest.

Wayne Knight - Update

Hey Rocky River Church!

As many of your already know, Wayne Knight - a member of our church - was shot twice by a neighbor this past Thursday night. Wayne was airlifted to CMC Main where is he now in critical condition. One of the bullets passed through his liver; which already has major problems. On Thursday night doctors told Wayne's family that it is not likely he will make it because of the damage to his liver. However, things are looking better this evening (Saturday). Wayne had an extensive surgery today and his doctors are now saying that he has a 50/50 chance of survival. This is great news! As I told the family today we just have to hold on to the good news as long as we can.

The doctor cautioned us that Wayne is "not out of the woods yet." But again, he is improving. He still needs our prayers. The family is so grateful to know that Wayne's church family cares so much for him and they asked me to express their gratitude.

Tomorrow (Sunday, June 22) we will be having a special time of prayer during each of our morning services for Wayne and all who request prayer. I will also give a full update to the whole church body. I hope you can make it out to the 9:00AM or 10:45 service.

God bless you!

Jimmy Britt, Lead Pastor

Vacation Bible School @ Rocky River Church

It's time for VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL! This year's theme is "Turn It Up!" It is going to be a ROCKING good time of games, food, fun and learning for ALL kids ages 4 through 4th grade. You don't want your child to miss out on this!

- Dates: June 16-19
- Times: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
- Location: Rocky River Church is located at 887 Pitt School Road SW, Concord, NC 28027.

If you have any questions at all just call our office at 704-795-7625. You can also send an email to Crickett@RockyRiverChurch.com or Donnie@RockyRiverChurch.com.

Registration begins at 6:30 Monday night (June 16). Hope to see you and your child then! God bless.

Jimmy Britt, Lead Pastor

UNSHAKABLE Books Are Available NOW!

Hey Rocky River Church. I just wanted to let you know that we still have copies available of "UNSHAKABLE." In case you haven't heard, UNSHAKABLE was written by Nelson Searcy. Nelson is the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, a multi-site church with locations in New York City and Boca Raton, Florida. I have been friends with Nelson since our undergraduate college days. Not only is he one of my best friends, he is also my coach and a trusted mentor. He has written this book to address some of the most common struggles we all face in life, whether you are leading a church, raising a family, battling doubts, facing an illness, or in a relationship crisis – among other struggles. Because I wrote the forward in UNSHAKABLE, the book cover includes my name, picture and bio, as well as the Rocky River Church logo and website. I am grateful to partner with Nelson to offer this practical book to help you grow in your faith and to stand strong when things go wrong.

The Unshakable books are $10 per copy to members, regular attenders, friends and family. We are charging for the books so that we can give them away to our first time guests at Rocky River Church (which includes the Rocky River Church logo and website). Feel free to buy extra copies to give to your friends and family members. You can purchase your copy(s) right now online at www.RockyRiverChurch.com/give. You can also purchase the books on Sundays at Rocky River Church using your Offering Envelope. Just use the section labeled “OTHER”. You can pay with a check, cash, or credit/debit cards. Just to be clear, ALL MONIES WILL BE PUT BACK INTO THE PURCHASE OF THE BOOKS SO THAT WE CAN GIVE THEM AWAY TO OTHERS.

Thank you so much!

P.S. - This Sunday I am teaching a message called "Facing Your Doubts With Unshakable Faith."

P.S.S. - May 11th is Mother's Day! In honor of moms for Mother's Day, I will be teaching an important message called "Building An Unshakable Family." This is a DO NOT MISS SUNDAY! Seriously, SHOCK YOUR MAMMA and bring her to church!

I Love You...

Sometimes I just have to say it. Rocky River Church, I love you guys! Thank you SO much for your faithfulness to our Lord and His Church. I love you more than you know. BUT, my love for you doesn't even compare to how much Jesus loves you. He loves you no matter who you are, not matter where you've been, no matter what you've done, and no matter what has been done to you. He just loves you. The Gospel and the love of Jesus Christ can be summed up in John 3:16.

Anyway, I just needed to blurt out that I LOVE YOU!

Have a blessed week!

Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn

Hey Rocky River Church! I hope you've had a GREAT week. Personally, I'm still "reeling" after an AWESOME Easter weekend at RRC! BTW, this Sunday is going to be NO LESS meaningful. So don't miss it!

This Sunday we are continuing with our Unshakable Faith series with a message called "Facing Failure With Faith." We will learn three life-lessons from Peter about how to have Unshakable Faith even when we fail in life. I believe this is going to be a "turnaround" Sunday for many people in our church and community.

Are Cities Laws For Not Feeding The Homeless Cruel?

It seems to me that cities are trying to make it harder to give help to those who need it. The problem with common sense is that it is no longer "common." Decide for yourself.



Hey! My name is Jimmy Britt and I am the Lead Pastor at Rocky River Church and I just wanted to invite you to join us this weekend for Easter. We have FOUR identical Easter weekend services. Here's the schedule: Friday night at 6:30PM, Saturday evening at 6:30PM, and Sunday morning at 9:00AM and 10:45AM.

Here's what you can expect:
+ A worship experience that has the potential to change your life.
+ Great music from our house band.
+ Fun and safe programs for your kids (Your kids will love RRC!).
+ A practical and inspiring message that you can understand.
+ An awesome student ministry for Middle School and High School students.
+ Our services last about 65 minutes.
+ A "come as you are" environment. Seriously, I'll be wearing jeans, or maybe even shorts if the weather is nice. But honestly, dress up or dress down - we don't really care. We just want you in church. It is not what's on the outside that counts anyway, right? :)

Above all else, what I think you'll enjoy most at Rocky River Church is the casual, comfortable environment. You will feel welcome from the time you arrive at our campus. And remember, Rocky River Church is a church for people "no matter who you are, or where you've been, or what you've done, and no matter what's been done to you." Believe me when I say, you are welcome at Rocky River Church!

I hope to get to meet you this Sunday. For more information about RRC, click here http://www.rockyriverchurch.com/home.

God bless you and your family!

Jimmy Britt, Lead Pastor
Rocky River Church

P.S. - We are kicking off a new message series on Easter called UNSHAKABLE FAITH. This series is about how to stand strong with things go wrong. All first time guests get a FREE COPY of our new book called "UNSHAKABLE."

News Outlet Pulls Church's Easter Banner #HOPE

This is an article EVERYONE should read. The Journey Church is where my friend, Nelson Searcy, is the Lead Pastor. They had an ad pulled from a New York City publication just THREE DAYS before Good Friday. I can't believe it! The advertisement read: “You’re invited to discover #HOPE at The Journey Church this Sunday April 20. Click here to discover how you can find hope when you feel like giving up.”

Here is the whole article. Feel free to pass along. I'm telling you, The Church is under full-blown attack in this country. http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/04/18/why-did-news-outlet-cancel-thi...?