Archives For Vision

For my first 16 years of ministry, I felt a sort of holy discontent. Don’t get me wrong, I was a part of some good churches with great people where the Bible was being taught and good things were happening. But I couldn’t help but think there was something more.

That something more turned out to be the place God led me and my family in 2004 when He opened the door for a new kind of church to start in Hays County called The Connection Church. At that time, we couldn’t have imagined the ways lives would be changed over the first 10 years. All we knew was that we were being called to create a place where anyone was welcome to explore their faith in a judgment free zone. And the crazy thing that happened is that so many people have found that life is better, fuller, richer, and deeper with Jesus.

The first ten years have been incredible! So many people have joined us on this journey to make it possible, many of those are still walking with us today. Just this year alone, 105 people have gone public with their faith through baptism! Yes, it hasn’t been without challenges and heartaches, but for the most part it’s been a blast!

This week, we had a big birthday bash to celebrate 10 years of impact. It was a chance say thanks to God for His hand on us and His work through us. You can see all this pics we took in our Flickr site. I want to say a huge THANKS! to the many committed people, especially our outstanding staff, that give everything they have to see our God-given vision become a reality!

Here’s the best part: I truly believe we’re just getting started. The first decade has been a time to lay a foundation for what is happening next. Make no mistake: The best is still in front of us! I hope you will be a part of the next 10 years. They’re going to be phenomenal!!!

Life is a series of LINKS, some positive, and some not-so-positive. In many ways, these links define us. In this new message series, you’ll discover the 3 most important links you can make in your life and how to secure those links for life!

What are the LINKS? They’re the reason we exist as a church.

We exist to link with God. This is our most important link. On Sunday, August 17th, we’ll talk about 4 ways that you can strengthen your connection with God.

We also need to link with people who will walk on the journey with us. You’ll find out how to best make that happen on August 24th.

On August 31st, we’ll get prepared to live out our mission of connecting people with God through a personal relationship with Jesus. That’s what it’s all about, and that’s what drives us as a church.

So be with us over the next 3 weeks for LINKED at 9am, 10:30am or Noon every Sunday. Bring a friend, and I’ll see you there!

Linked Message Series Intro from The Connection Church on Vimeo.

These are some of the most exciting days in the history of The Connection Church! We’re more focused on our shared mission to see lives changed by the power of God than ever before.

BIG Victories in 2014

Just since January, 52 people have gone public with their faith through baptism! Over 2000 people attended our Easter Celebration Services! 85 kids trusted in Jesus as their Lord and Savior at Mega Sports Camp!

As part of our many global initiatives, we’re continuing to provide daily meals for the 50 children in Aqua Zarca, Guatemala. This summer, our mission trip kicked off by leading a local man named Belter to offer his life to Jesus. Then, Pastor Trey baptized him right there in the stream beside the village!

You Matter

None of this could happen without people who generously invest in the vision God has given us!

Automate the Important

Summer is a time when many people go away on the weekend. It’s also a chance to reach out to students and children in a bigger way, which can make it an expensive time of the year. You can make a big difference by automating what is most important when you set up regular giving by clicking right here. That way, your faithfulness continues even when you can’t be with us.

God has done great things so far, and I can’t wait to see what He’s got in store for the rest of 2014. Let’s do this!

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I can’t tell you how excited I am to not only see what God is doing in The Connection Church family, but also to be a part of leading this dynamic movement that is transforming lives. Without a doubt, we have gone to the next level when it comes to our generosity. Because of the ownership that people are taking and their spiritual growth, many people are ready to make an even bigger step to propel us forward in our BIG mission of connecting people with God.

God is opening doors for us as we look ahead to purchasing our own property, which will be a place where we can have a home base to make a greater impact on our community and world. We are committed to raising $250,000 as a down payment for our first land purchase in the Kyle/Buda area. Right now, we’re over halfway there, and if each person who has been positively affected by the ministries of The Connection Church will prayerfully give “over and above” your regular tithes and offerings, we will be able to quickly reach our goal.

On Easter Weekend, we’ll receive The Easter Offering during each of our 4 services which will be used towards this goal so we can have a permanent home base from which to reach our area and our world for Jesus. We’re encouraging everyone to come prepared to give on that weekend using the special envelopes we have provided or through the many electronic giving options we have available, including our online option available here.

Because of your radical generosity, we’re excited that God is using us to make a difference around the world! There’s nothing more important that we could be doing than advancing God’s kingdom! I am so proud of our church and optimistic about our future!

easter-web-bannerThe Big MO is growing as we gear up for the BIGGEST weekend of the year at The Connection Church! Here’s what we know:

  • More people will be with us than ever before in our history!
  • More people will commit their life to Jesus than any other weekend this year!
  • 100s of people will have the best day of their lives because it will be the day their eternity is changed!

I know that God wants to impact many lives through us on Easter Weekend. Here’s how we plan to do just that:

On Easter Weekend, we’ll be offering 4 Celebration Service times:

  • Saturday, April 19th at 5:30pm
  • Sunday, April 20th at 9am, 10:30am & Noon

The first thing you’re going to want to do is to help us spread the word and INVITE, INVITE, INVITE. This Sunday, we’re cleaning rear windshields and shoe-polishing them with our Easter website. Click here to print out your form to bring with you this week. You can also promote on social media through your posts. And, of course, a personal invitation can’t be beat. Who do you know that you will bring with you?

We have a website called ConnectionEaster.com where you can reserve your FREE tickets. The reasons we’re doing tickets are:

  • Create anticipation for the BIG day
  • Help people plan ahead for which service they will be attending
  • Keep the attendance distributed as evenly as possible

If you’re a regular attender, you can help out in a BIG way by NOT attending at the 10:30 service. Just this past Sunday, we were full in that service time to over the comfortable capacity, so we’re expecting Easter to fill up at 10:30 with our guests. You can, of course, help out by serving during the 10:30 time. We call it making a missionary move and attending one of the 3 other available times.

You can also help us create an environment that gives people the best possible opportunity to connect with Christ by serving in 1 or 2 other service times. If you’re not already serving on a team, click here to let us know you want to step up to the plate.

We will be giving all of our volunteers a FREE t-shirt to wear on Easter Weekend that you can pick up on Sunday, April 13th.

Finally, we want to work like it all depends on us and PRAY like it all depends on God. So be sure to be taking time every day to pray for Easter Weekend at The Connection Church!