“Expert Hostage Negotiation Tactics for Dealing with Your Family this Holiday Season” (The Weekend)

That’s the title of an article I saw just before Thanksgiving. It was real news, not fake news. 

This time of year often puts people together, in the same room for hours, who try to avoid each other for the rest of the year. 

The tension isn’t always about basic personality differences or preferences. Sometimes it’s about broken relationships. 

Left to ourselves, we would often choose ignoring and simply enduring. But then God steps in and whispers, “I want you to do your part in seeking reconciliation.” 

That’s what happened to Jacob when God told him to go home and face is brother Esau. 

What happens in that encounter ties directly to the end of the story in Genesis and beyond. 

When God calls us to do our part, he is weaving our efforts into a larger story. No matter the result, you can be sure God is working. 

This weekend we’ll see four ways God works when we obey his whisper. We’ll see why taking the next step is so vitally important.

Is there someone, besides you, you that needs to hear this message? Why not invite them for the service?

You are Planting a New Church

You are planting a new church! Yes, you. 

Let me explain. 

Dan's new office space in the balcony at Awaken! 

Dan's new office space in the balcony at Awaken! 

New churches are one of the most effective means of reaching more people for Christ. 

That's why it's exciting that our church is partnering with Dan Lukas, Awakenen Church in St. Paul, and the Evangelical Covenant Church to plant a new church.

Since you are the church, that means you are planting a new church! 

The Evangelical Covenant Church is a kissing cousin of our denomination, Evangelical Free Church. They have an 87% success rate on new church plants! Their success compared to others is due in large part to a great process of training, support, and long-term coaching.

So, what's next for Dan and Five Oaks? 

  • Dan begins a full-time residency at Awaken in January.
  • Dan will be back at Five Oaks to preach several times in 2017.
  • We'll hold some information meetings on those weekends where you can learn more about Dan's venture and how you can pray, help, or join the launch team. 
  • Dan will gather a launch team through 2017 and launch a new church.
  • And we are offering a Church Planting Workshop the morning of March 11. The Governing Board and lead staff will be there, but you will also be invited. 

If you want to get even more value out of the workshop or just find out more about church planting, let me know by email and I'll tell you how.