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Cedar Ridge – Sapulpa Celebrates 6 Months

March 22, 2009 will go down as a defining moment for our church; the day we held our first service at our Sapulpa Campus – the day we reproduced. I can’t think of too many things I would desire more for the church in which I pastor, than for it to give birth. On our six-month anniversary of that event, let me share some thoughts I wrote down during those early launch days.

1. Cedar Ridge Sapulpa is no doubt a GOD THING.
You cannot have observed the events leading up to Sunday’s launch without sensing that God was up to something. Three years ago, our leadership started exploring this “crazy idea” of a multi-site church. Two years ago, the Northeastern Oklahoma Evangelizing Association expressed interest in partnering with us in a new work. One year ago, the Southside Christian Church approached us about using their facilities as a Cedar Ridge site. In the last year, one of our own “Timothys”, Bryan King, sensing God’s redirection agreed to serve as our Campus Minister. And don’t forget about the “Chair Challenge” Offering coming in at more than double what we needed.

2. Cedar Ridge Sapulpa has always been a TEAM THING.
Who is responsible for pulling this thing off (okay, besides God)? It wasn’t one person. I’m not sure you could narrow it down to ten. If you’re talking key leaders, it would be in the dozens. But it took a team of hundreds to make this happen. “Thank you” to all who helped with building renovations, fixed lunches for workers, passed out fliers, prayed regularly, planned our advertising, washed cars, participated in planning meetings, purchased a chair. And a special thanks to the former members of Southside Christian Church for their great sacrifice.

Cedar Ridge is truly one church, with multiple locations. One vision; one budget; one eldership; one staff.

3. Cedar Ridge Sapulpa is certainly a NEW THING.
On Launch Sunday, the air was heavy with anticipation. People arrived early (obviously not regular Cedar Ridge, Broken Arrow folk). There was an excitement that comes from being a part of something new. That’s the beauty of the multi-site church concept. You have the excitement and effectiveness of something new, along with the resources and leadership of something established. It’s the best of both worlds.

Congratulation Cedar Ridge on 6 months of being a church that is not only reproducing disciples, but reproducing leaders and reproducing churches!

In case you haven’t heard, our “Rippling Forward” Offering from Sunday came in at $50,150. That’s an amazing one-time display of generosity! Thanks you Cedar Ridge. I’ve already heard of several who were gone this past weekend or forgot, and are wondering if they can still participate. You can still give toward the Sapulpa parking lot and help us reach our $80,000 goal. Please get your gifts in as soon as possible so we can move ahead with construction.

Sapulpa Launch Video

Here are some highlights from Sunday, April 5th.


Sapulpa Launch Sunday from Bryan King on Vimeo.

223 Attend Sapulpa Launch Service

Tonight we had about 30 key leaders at our house celebrating the day’s events. These people were all instrumental in making our Sapulpa launch happen. Some were at the Sapulpa campus today. Many were at our BA campus fulfilling weekly responsbilities. It was fun to spend the evening sharing the fulfillment of a dream.

Here are some of the stories and comments shared:

223 in attendance.
30+ cars were parked on our overflow grass parking lot.
One young man rode his bicycle to church.
One visiting lady said that she had been waiting since December “for this church to open.”
Another lady came to find out “what was the big deal.”
Several leaders commented about there being an “anticipation in the air” as people arrived early.

For more on the Sapulpa launch, see Bryan’s comments on our gosapulpanow blog. It was exciting day for Cedar Ridge!

On the Radio

Here’s our latest radio spot airing on KFAQ. It features Bryan King talking about our April 5th Sapulpa Campus opening.

Cedar Ridge Radio Spot

Launch Team Commissioning

Sunday we officially commissioned our Sapulpa Launch Team. This was our last Sunday with them before they begin meeting at our Saulpa site. It was cool to see 40 or 50 people on stage, all committed to this endeavor. Our Elders prayed for them as we “set them apart” for ministry. Next Sunday, March 22 is our first “soft launch.” It’s like a test drive. Our team will be in place and make sure everything is in place before our official launch on April 5. Pray for our Launch Team. And pray for our Flier Distribution Team as they hand out information this Saturday.

Chair Challenge Goal Exceeded!

We had asked our congregation to give above and beyond their regular giving this Sunday to help buy chairs for our soon-to-launch Sapulpa Campus. We need 270 chairs to fill the worship center. Our cost is $40 per chair. That’s $10,800 to purchase chairs.

Our special offering total yesterday…….over $21,000! That’s two times what we need!

I’ve always wanted to do this….Cedar Ridge, you’ve been so generous. I’m going to have to ask that you quit giving toward our chair fund. We have more than enough. Thank you for meeting the need.

Sunday

Yesterday in my sermon, I referred to a news story titled, Michigan Postal Worker Hoarded Thousands of Pieces of Mail Instead of Delivering Them. Evidently, Jill Hull didn’t deliver all the mail she was supposed to; she put some of it in a personal storage unit.

It’s hard for us to imagine the employees at a post office not doing the very thing they’re supposed to do – deliver the mail. It’s their job! That’s what they’re supposed to do! But it’s not just a problem in post offices, it happens in businesses, and offices, and classrooms, and even churches. It happens when people lose sight of the vision. If we don’t regularly remind ourselves of what we’re about and where we’re headed, we can find ourselves sleepy and distracted and sometimes even doing things contrary to our calling.

So yesterday was a reminder that Cedar Ridge is about creating safe environments where anyone can come to Christ, where everyone can experience community, and you can make a difference. We shared testimonies and showed videos of God accomplishing that. Our leadership shared goals for the upcoming year. Of course, one of our major initiatives is the launching of our Sapulpa Campus.

At the end of our service, I asked our people to commit to helping with the Sapulpa Campus launch by taking a step of action. I gave several options. And our church responded incredibly!
Dozens committed to going and being a part of our launch team.
Over 150 agreed to pray on a weekly basis.
Around 50 committed to help with building renovations.
40 offered to help pass our informational fliers.
120 indicated a desire to help with the purchase of chairs for the new campus.

One person found me after services and handed me a check to cover the cost of five chairs, with this explanation: “This past week, someone gave us some money we really weren’t expecting and we didn’t know what to do with it…until you mentioned the need for chairs this morning. Then we knew what it was for.”

Lots of people took a risk and stepped out of the boat Sunday. I can’t wait to see the miracle that God is going to do.

Leadership Community

We had our first Leadership Community today where we gathered all the leaders from our major ministries. Our goal was to celebrate and encourage a culture of leadership while at the same time giving us a venue to dialogue with our front-line leaders concerning vision and major church initiatives.

After a goofy “American Idol” spoof skit by our staff, we introduced our newest leaders. I then shared our vision and plans for our Sapulpa campus. We also allowed time for our ministry teams to gather and do specific training for their respective areas. I concluded my thoughts this way:

This is not just about starting a new campus, it’s about Cedar Ridge becoming a reproducing church. God willing and with his direction, we’ll reproduce another campus. Our expectation is that our Sapulpa campus will reproduce another campus. What that means for all of us, as key leaders at Cedar Ridge, is that we all have to reproduce. If we’re going to be a church that reproduces, it means we’re going to have to reproduce our leaders.

We had a great response to this first Leadership Community gathering. If you missed it, our plans are to do it on a quarterly basis. Thanks staff, for all your hard work. And a big “thanks” to Kyle for a great “Gloria Gaynor” impression.

Sunday Night…at Last

Had another great Sunday, but a long one! I continued with the second sermon in a series called “TXT”. My objective is simply to get people to read their Bibles. And the response has been encouraging. Had lots of people sign up to receive the daily Bible reading text. If you’re interested in getting that from me, just text “follow cedarridge” to 40404 and follow the instructions.

We had our first Sapulpa campus Launch Team meeting this afternoon. Over 30 people attended as Bryan King shared the vision and plans for this work. After lots of questions and discussion, we closed with groups praying for our Sapulpa campus. Our next launch team meeting is February 8th.

Tonight, Andrea and I hosted a gathering a of new church members at our house. It was fun to get better acquainted with our new family. Otherwise we get little more than a brief greeting on Sunday morning. Of course this gathering included food – dessert to be exact. It’s amazing to me how God connects us from different seasons and walks of life – one of the beauties of the church. It’s also amazing to see God continue to grow his church.

Sapulpa Campus Blog

Bryan has our GoSapulpaNow blog up and running. Check it out at gosapulpanow.com for the lastest on our Sapulpa campus. Great job Bryan!

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