How to Know When Sunday Was a Success

Baptizing In a Theater Fountain

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This past Sunday, Grace Hills had our big Premiere Sunday at the Malco Pinnacle Hills Cinema. We had less than three weeks to prepare for the big move after making the decision to switch locations, so the last week or two have been fairly stressful, but when the big day arrived, our minds were a little blown away by the response. God showed up in a powerful way!

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Grace Hills, Happy Birthday! You’ve Been Featured In a Magazine!

Ministry Today

Ministry TodayWell Grace Hills, you’ve been featured in a two-page spread in Ministry Today magazine (<- click that link to read this issue), which has a readership of somewhere in the ballpark of 100,000. It’s fairly appropriate that the magazine arrived in my mail on our third anniversary of having launched in the Rogers Malco Cinema.

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When Things Get Real in a Church Plant

Grace Hills' Second Service

Grace Hills' Second Service

A snapshot taken in our first official “second” service, 1/19/2014.

I am humbled! Today marked the 2nd anniversary of our launch as Grace Hills Church. Today, we also launched a second morning worship service – something I’ll write about later. And today, we began a new teaching series called Healing: Recovering from Life’s Hurts, Habits, and Hang-ups.

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Grace Hills – You’re a Game Changing Church

Serve
Serve

Michael Smith, Grace Hills’ Church Planting Leader in Residence and adoptive Dad, talking to Heather Napier, an adoptive Mom before our Orphan Sunday service.

This past Sunday marked the second week in our latest teaching series, Game Changers. With week one, we focused in on Jesus as the ultimate game changer who gave His life as a ransom for anyone who would trust in Him for all of eternity. Nothing and no one has ever changed the game for humanity more. And this same Jesus calls us to change the game for others by sharing the good news, telling the world about Jesus, and living as expressions of the gospel in the world around us.

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Happy First Birthday, Grace Hills!

Cold Baptism

Northwest Arkansas is a fantastic place to call home, and thousands of people are calling it home for the first time, many of whom don’t have a relationship with Jesus. So a year ago, Grace Hills Church launched publicly to reach people far from God. In that first year, thirty people went public with their newfound faith in Christ through baptism – a moment we celebrate big-time at Grace Hills.

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Why is 2013 Going to Rock at Grace Hills?

2013

2013

2012 was an awesome year for Grace Hills! Angie and I arrived in northwest Arkansas with a big dream and have continued to be amazed at the great things God has done this year. We launched on January 15 with 176 people in attendance, far exceeding our goals and expectations. And in the last year, we’ve baptized 30 people, launched more than a half dozen Grace Groups, and have performed hundreds of hours of service to the northwest Arkansas community in partnership with local organizations. It’s been a good year – a year to celebrate – so glory to God!!

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I’m Blown Away by Grace Hills’ First Preview Service

Adult Worship

Angie and I have spent ten years talking in hypothetical terms about planting a church. We’ve spent the last several months gathering with a group of dedicated launch team members talking about the biblical foundation and core values of Grace Hills. And we’ve spent weeks preparing for our first preview service. All of this is, of course, preparation for our Grand Opening on January 15, 2012, but today wasn’t merely a “practice run.” It was the real thing… and God showed up to answer our prayers.

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