It was wonderful to gather and celebrate all that God is doing through Trinity at our recent Churchwide Members Meeting! Just as we did this past Monday night, we believe that it is important to spend intentional time together in worship and celebration as a membership community. Thank you to all who attended!
As always, if you were unable to make it, or want to revisit any of the topics that were discussed, you can listen to each of the talks by clicking the links below. You can also download our 2018 Year-In-Review handout here.
OPENING MESSAGE & CREATING SPACE
After our time of worship, Lead Pastor, Kris McDaniel framed the night as a time to celebrate the good things that God is doing and has done through Trinity. He reminded us that Members Meetings aren’t just “business meetings” they are a time to gather as the core body of the church to think about God and mission in order to unify our hearts.
He then read the Feeding of the Four Thousand to illustrate our need, as individuals and as a church, to trust the Lord with what we have, even when it seems like it’s “not enough,” in order to create space and meet the needs around us. When we trust God to meet seemingly daunting needs, and turn outward toward them, His provision comes.
Kris also recalled the example that’s given in Acts 2, that we covered in our last meeting. Our leadership team feels that we are continuing to be called as a church to three specific things:
- To tend to life in the Holy Spirit, which awakens and stirs us.
- To turn outward toward others—we exist for those who are not yet here.
- To create hospitable spaces that help others enfold into the good thing that God is doing here at Trinity.
Lastly, he said that what’s happening on the macro here at Trinity, this turning outward and making space, is also a call we are to live out individually.
Listen (15 mins)
Next, we heard from Northside Parish Pastor Tripp Prince as he celebrated the launch of our new Northside Parish. Tripp began by pointing to Rublev’s Icon of the Trinity as a “family photo” that reminds us that the Holy Trinity is a community of self-giving love. The icon shows us that there’s space at the table for us and that we are invited into community with God. We launched the Northside as a physical space to invite others in and to learn what it means to belong to one another in the Lord. Praise God for what He is already doing through this new work!
Eastside Parish Pastor Matthew Browne continued our discussion by sharing the ways in which the Eastside has been burdened by the call to create space for others. Connecting the call to Psalm 68:5-6, he pointed out that one of the things God does in the world is that He finds homes for people. Churches, like the rest of the world, are full of those who, though they may be surrounded by people, still feel alone. Matthew then shared ways in which the Eastside in particular, is seeking to join in the work of the Lord by enveloping these people into a loving family of believers.
Listen (8 mins)
Education Pastor Ashley Mathews then spoke to how our upcoming Alpha course, like church planting, is another way we believe the Lord is calling us to make space for others. She pointed out that we cannot open ourselves up to the work of the Holy Spirit and not inevitably be drawn into relationship with other people. Alpha, for Trinity, is not a program or church-growth strategy. We see Alpha as primarily a choice to risk with the Holy Spirit and make room for the things He wants to do. In Genesis 26, there’s a story of Isaac reclaiming his father Abraham’s wells. Ashely told us how Alpha is way for us to dig up our old wells and reclaim our ability to reach others with the gospel.
Ashley also shared with us a pre-recorded interview with Rebecca Cochran, who attended Alpha at Trinity many years ago. In it, they discussed what being invited to Alpha had meant to Rebecca and how it ultimately changed her life. We are expecting 400 people to join us for Alpha beginning next week. Please be in prayer for all that are involved.
Listen (14 mins)
LOOKING FORWARD & CLOSING PRAYER
To end the evening, Kris came back up to cast vision for how Trinity will continue to follow God’s call to make space. Looking forward, Kris asked us to be willing to be inconvenienced for the sake of others. Creating space is and will necessarily be disruptive to the status quo.
For example, it is going to be challenging to create new space when we are quite literally running out of room in some cases. So, in the near future, we will be adding another morning service on the Westside. We are actively seeking a new Eastside space as our congregation there has totally outgrown the current one. The Northside is currently meeting at 4pm in a rented space and will need to find a permeant home in the near future.
Kris closed the meeting by reminding us that God didn’t bring us out this far to lead us back again.
Listen (13 mins)
Thank you for your continued support and commitment as members of Trinity. God bless!