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UNLEASHED, SESSION 2


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!

This Sunday @ Rocky River Church


Hey Rocky River Church! This is a "CAN'T MISS SUNDAY" at Rocky River. It is Palm Sunday and we will be celebrating communion together. Also, we will be wrapping up our message series "The Lord's Prayer" with a message called "Our Daily Bread." This message is about how God makes provision for our physical and spiritual needs in life. I hope to see you at 9:00AM or 10:45AM.

ALSO, we are having our annual Easter Egg Hunt from 5PM until 8PM. This is not only an Easter Egg Hunt but we will also have bounce houses, games, and FREE hot dogs for everyone. Even if you don't have kids this is going to be a great time of fun and fellowship that everyone can enjoy. Invite everyone you know to join us for a fun and meaningful weekend at church.

God bless you!
Jimmy

http://rockyriverchurch.com/directions

EXCITING NEWS: The "UNSHAKABLE" Books Have Been Shipped!


Hey Rocky River Church! I have exciting news. I just talked with the folks at Church Leader Insights and the UNSHAKABLE books have been shipped! They will be in sometime early next week!

Just in case you don't know, "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 to 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 pre-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!
Jimmy

P.S. On Easter weekend I will begin a new message series called "UNSHAKABLE" with a message called "UNSHAKABLE FAITH" (the power of the resurrection). I can't wait!

The LAST DAYS OF JESUS Seminar - Wednesday Night @ Rocky River Church


Hey Rocky River Church! Just a reminder that this Wednesday night, April 2 I will be doing a special seminar called the LAST DAYS OF JESUS. I will start with Jesus coming into Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives and we will wrap up with His crucifixion and resurrection. I will include pictures of where Jesus was arrested, beaten, crucified, and resurrected. It is going to be a great night of learning and discussion. I will save about 20 minutes for Q&A.

The seminar will start at 7PM sharp and end about 8:30PM. EVERYONE IS WELCOME! I hope you can make it out.

Blessings!
Jimmy

Jimmy Britt, Lead Pastor
www.RockyRiverChurch.com

Important Message From Pastor Jimmy


Hey Rocky River Church! I hope you are having a great Saturday and that you're staying dry (SO SICK OF THE RAIN). Anyway, I'm wrapping up a few things at the church in preparation for tomorrow (Sunday, March 30). I believe it is going to be a POWERFUL day of worship at RRC. I don't want you to miss it. I'm continuing our message series in The Lord's Prayer where are learning to take our lives VERTICAL by connecting with God, rather than living horizontally. Tomorrow's message is called "Thy Will Be Done" and it is all about how to surrender your life to Jesus - REALLY surrender. Again, don't miss it! I hope to see you at 9:00am or 10:45am.

If you are not a member/attender at Rocky River Church, CLICK HERE step by step directions from your doorstep to ours, http://rockyriverchurch.com/directions.

See ya!
Jimmy

Jimmy Britt, Lead Pastor
www.RockyRiverChurch.com

More Than An Easter Egg Hunt


Hey Rocky River Church! We are gearing up for the biggest Easter Egg Hunt in Cabarrus County. The date is Sunday, April 13th from 5-8PM. In addition to THOUSANDS of Easter Eggs, we will have bounce-houses, games, hot dogs and other goodies for everyone. It will be an awesome time of fun! BTW, everything is FREE! So get out the word to all of your friends.

Also, keep in mind that this is MORE than an Easter Egg Hunt. This is one of the biggest outreach events we do in the whole year. So please pray about the EEH and ask for God's blessings upon it. One more thing, we still have sponsorship opportunities to help us cover the costs. You can give directly to this event right now online at www.RockyRiverChurch.com/give. Thank you!

See you Sunday!
Jimmy

P.S. This Sunday we are continuing our series in The Lord's Prayer. It is going to be a GREAT weekend at Rocky River Church so don't miss it. For more information about Rocky River Church go to www.RockyRiverChurch.com.

A Few Words of Encouragement


Recent thoughts and learnings...

- All of the problems and the good times in your life is the marinate God mixes up to make you smell like Jesus.

- Success in life can sometimes be your biggest enemy. Success can make us trust in the resources, rather than the SOURCE of our resources. Success can make us think we are actually "pretty good." It can make us self reliant rather than trust in God.

- A life without storms is a life without substance. God doesn't let us only experience the good times in life but that is NOT reality.

Anyway, I just thought I'd share these thoughts and learning with you.

Blessings!
Jimmy

Easter Egg Hunt - 2014 Sponsorships


Hey Rocky River Church! Hope you are doing GREAT!

On Sunday, April 13th we are having our Easter Egg Hunt at Rocky River Church. This is one of the biggest outreach events of the year for us as a church. We are expecting more than 1,500 people to come out for all the fun. To help make this a FREE event for the whole community we are offering sponsorship opportunities to help cover the costs. Below is a breakdown of the different items you or your business can sponsor. We need to hear from you ASAP.

Let me thank you ahead of time for your generosity! We appreciate you VERY MUCH! God bless you.

Jimmy Britt, Lead Pastor
www.RockyRiverChurch.com

Sponsorships:
- 1 case of pre-filled candy eggs - $100
- Bounce Houses - $250 each
- Food $500
Every donation of any size is GREATLY appreciated!

You can donate online right now at http://rockyriverchurch.com/give or at church this Sunday. If you have any questions at all send an email to Donnie@RockyRiverChurch.com or call the office at 704-795-7625.

Important Message From Pastor Jimmy


Hey Rocky River Church! Hope you are doing GREAT!

On Sunday, April 13th we are having our Easter Egg Hunt at Rocky River Church. This is one of the biggest outreach events of the year for us as a church. We are expecting more than 1,500 people to come out for all the fun. To help make this a FREE event for the whole community we are offering sponsorship opportunities to help cover the costs. Below is a breakdown of the different items you or your business can sponsor. Let me thank you ahead of time for your generosity! We appreciate it VERY MUCH! God bless you.

Jimmy Britt, Lead Pastor
www.RockyRiverChurch.com

Sponsorships:
- 1 case of pre-filled candy eggs - $100
- Bounce Houses - $250 each
- Food $500
Every donation of any size is GREATLY appreciated!

You can donate online right now at http://rockyriverchurch.com/give or at church this Sunday. If you have any questions at all send an email to Donnie@RockyRiverChurch.com or call the office at 704-795-7625.

More Than An Excuse To Drink Green Beer


Saint Patrick's Day

Unfortunately, Saint Patrick’s Day has become no more than excuse to eat corned beef hash, Irish-smashed potatoes and drink green beer. But there’s a whole lot more to Saint Patrick’s Day – and why we celebrate his life – than you may realize. So, I thought I would share a few facts about Patrick’s life.

1. Saint Patrick was not Irish – nor was he a saint. How’s that for a buzz kill? (Sorry, I just couldn’t resist that “buzz kill” thing. Get it? Buzz kill…people drink on Saint Patrick’s Day…). Okay, moving on.

2. He was captured by Pirates as a teenager and taken to Ireland and sold into slavery.

3. Patrick was born some time around 390 AD (although the dates of his life are pretty sketchy). He was raised in a Christian home but was not very religious. He didn’t really take his faith seriously as a young man but while a slave and taking care of sheep in the wilderness for his masters, he had a lot of time to talk to the Lord. One day in his 20’s he simply walked away from his captors. He walked over 200 miles to a port city and sailed home to Great Britain. He enrolled in seminary and became a pastor.

4. After seminary, Patrick returned to Ireland to preach the Gospel and start churches. Why? Because the Church had basically given up on the drunken, violent Celtic people but Patrick wanted to see them come to faith in Jesus Christ.

5. During his lifetime, Patrick is thought to have trained more than 1,000 pastors and started – or helped to start – more than 700 churches. He lived as a missionary and is credited for bringing Christianity to Ireland.

6. Patrick took a stance against slavery, which was VERY controversial in his day.

7. As a matter or trivia, some believe that Patrick used the 3-leaved shamrock to explain the Trinity – God the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.

Anyway, I just wanted you know that Saint Patrick’s Day is about SO MUCH MORE than clovers, the color green and leprechauns. It’s about a man who loved The Lord, forgave his slave owners and gave his life to sharing the love of Jesus with people others had given up on. He was a missionary. If you are a Christian, you are a missionary too, just like Pat.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!
Jimmy