T H E M A G A Z I N E O F C H R I S T C H U R C HThe Flame
SPRING | 2015
SENIOR PASTORRev. Shane Bishop
ASSOCIATE PASTORRev. Michael Wooton
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EDITOR: Carrie Gaxiola DESIGN: Justin Aymer COVER: Mike Creagh
4 ITS ALWAYS ABOUT THE KIDSby Rev. Shane Bishop
5VISION CASTING, MINISTRY & THE CHURCH:by Jeff Bishop
6 SIX QUESTIONS (AND ANSWERS)...by Jeff Bishop
7ACCOUNTABILITY - DOES IT COUNT?by Kevin Siddle
8THE CHURCH FAMILY FOR A SINGLE PARENTby Shannon Durio
9 GRACEby Becky Olroyd10 JOIN THE FAMILYby Jerry Dortch
11WHAT BREAKS OUR HEARTS FOR GOD?by Carrie Gaxiola
12CHURCH AND FAMILYPARTNERS IN SPIRITUALITYby Shannon Peiffer
13EQUIPPING OUR YOUTH- WE ALL PLAY A ROLEby Robb Hass
14 FAMILY IS MORE THAN BLOODby Matthew J. LaFrance15 FAMILY RALLIES AROUNDby Matthew Denny16 FAMILIES HELPING FAMILIESby Peggy Hutchison
17WHO ARE MY MOTHER AND BROTHERS?by Brenne M Issa
18THE MODERN PARENTSby Matt Rygelski
19SUMMER ACTIVITY FOR THE FAMILYby Debby Creagh & Kelli Tobin
20 GETTING TO KNOW YOU22 GOD AT WORK
24 PRAYING THE SCRIPTURES
FROM THE EDITOR Family is not an important thing, its ev-erything. Michael J. Fox
For anyone that knows me, you know that I place a very high value on my fam-ily. My husband, my children and my grandchildren are my joy and crown! But just as important as my natural family, so is my spiritual family; my church fami-ly. As Reverend Shane begins a summer series on the family, I felt like it was im-portant to highlight articles that would point to the family and church and the interdependence between the two. I tru-ly believe one cannot survive well with-out the other. Our first and most vital relationship should be with Jesus Christ, but He created us to need each other! We need other people in our lives to love us, walk through valleys with us, share our joys, hold us accountable and give us a sense of community. That is what I love about my family and what I love about the church. Beyond my relationship with Jesus, family in every sense just makes
life worth living! These articles each have a different flavor of life as a part of a fam-ily and a part of the family of God.
As you turn these pages, we will bid farewell to our beloved Benton Family as God takes them to a new assignment. We will welcome the Reverend Michael Wooton family with open arms as part of our Christ Church family. You will find heartfelt testimonies and ministry pas-sion. Finally, we will leave you with one of the most important tools for a Chris-tian as part of His family: prayers to pray for one another. My prayer is your heart is secure in knowing that, no matter who you are, you are loved by Father God, and He has placed you in an eternal family! So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. Apostle Paul
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The Raise the Roof Campaign raised over $2.9 million dollars in pledges to move Christ Church forward in our mission of connecting people to Jesus Christ. For some, it may have seemed that this cam-paign was about a building, but for me, it was always about the kids. Each week, Christ Church has between 400 and 500 children in our four campuses who dont make it into worship services. While we worship, they are engaged with the Gos-pel in ways appropriate for their age and stage. Staff and volunteers pour Jesus into these children each week.
Last year, I asked our Childrens Min-istry Team to inform me of the primary limiting factor concerning our ability to connect children to Jesus Christ at Christ Church. I had them sum it up in one word and we went around the room. The conversation went like this, Space, space, space, space, space. I think you get the point. Many churches dont have excellent staff and volunteers and many dont have children; we have both of these things! All we need is more space and space is an easily correctable problem! It just takes vision, planningand money.
As we began to focus upon how to bet-ter provide childrens space at all of our campuses, I began to pray for a clear vi-sion for our children. I wanted to think beyond the building to what we were ac-tually trying to accomplish in childrens ministry. What would be our desired outcomes? In response, this five plank
platform began to take shape in my heart:
Five Goals for Christ Church Kids1. Each child will receive Jesus
Christ as savior: The most im-portant thing a church does is in-troduce children and adults to the salvation that comes from Christ and Christ alone. To put it clearly, we want our children to know Jesus. Period. If this doesnt happen, little else really matters.
2. Each child will be Biblically literate: My spiritual founda-tion was poured strong and straight during my childhood. I was taught the stories of the Bible, memorized passages of the Bible, was encour-aged to read the Bible and was even-tually taught to study the Bible. The Bible cant be a lamp unto our feet and light unto our path if we dont know what is in it. I want our chil-dren to know the Word of God! I want their character shaped by the Word of God! I want their values and actions informed by the Word of God!
3. Each child will learn self-re-spect and the respect of oth-ers: The Ten Commandments are split into four commandments about loving God and six about loving neighbor. When Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment, he replied, You shall love the Lord with all your heart, soul and mind
then paused briefly and continued, And a second is like it, You must love your neighbor as yourself. The big idea is that we cannot properly love our neighbor until we learn to love God. I believe respect for self comes from knowing who we are in Christ and respect for others is a natural extension of that reality. In a nation so divided by so many issues, learning self-respect and mutual re-spect is more essential than ever!
4. Each child will reach their full human potential: I believe the singular goal in life is to become everything God created us to be. We want to invest in that development and surround each child with en-couragement to live their best lives!
5. We will develop principled Christian leaders God can use to change the world: The next twenty years will bring more challenges to our nation and to our world. Humanity will need lead-ers with character, empathy, vision, compassion and resolve like nev-er before. Where better to produce such leaders than right here? Our investments of today will impact the world of tomorrow!
I have four grandchildren immersed in the ministries of Christ Church. They are the most important thing in the world to me. But let me be clear, I am just as committed to your children and grand-children as I am my own. As we invest of our resources into the Raise the Roof Campaign over the next three years, lets rememberit is always about the kids!
Rev. Shane Bishop, Senior Pastorfacebook.com/revshane@RevShaneBishop
ITS ALWAYS ABOUT THE KIDS
BY REV. SHANE L BISHOP
I take my four grandchildren to lunch every Friday. They choose the restaurant and I always have to buy. It is the highlight of my week. When you are a grandparent, its al-ways about the kids.
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VISION CASTING, MINISTRY & THE CHURCH: Q and A with Rev. Troy Benton
INTERVIEW BY JEFF BISHOP
Rev. Troy Benton has been Associate Pas-tor at Christ Church since July 2011. He recently was appointed as Senior Pastor of St. Johns Methodist Church, a grow-ing church in Edwardsville, Illinois. As he departs for his new commission July 1, Troy sat with The Flame to reflect on his tenure at Christ Church and to share his thoughts on where God is leading him, his ministry and the Church.
Tell us what you most look forward to about your next appointment: Im looking forward to continuing to do ministry. Im looking forward to going back to doing what Ive done for some years, which is setting vision. St. Johns is a pivotal church that has a great opportu-nity to be a pretty large church for Gods kingdom, and so Im looking forward to winning and making disciples not just people who go to church, but people who become fully invested in the destiny God has called them into.
Emma is interested and very eager to do some things that she hasnt done here, and thats because its her season to do it. Shes already got two classes shes pre-paring to teach (and) shes going to lead a ministry there. Shes waited five years to refuel, and now shes ready to go.
What have been your top lessons from your time as Associate Pastor at Christ Church?
First, from God: his teaching of learning how to trust His timing is a good lesson to learn. Unlike in