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When Things Get Real in a Church Plant

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. We had a record attendance. 240 people came, 47 of whom were kids, and 2 young adults received Jesus as their Savior. …

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Grace Hills – You’re a Game Changing Church

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 …

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10 Values of a Stellar Church Staff

At Grace Hills, one of the most important things we ever talk about is our Code - our Core Values. We talk about these values in every membership class and in most staff meetings. They've done more to guide our growth than anything else we've written down. Recently I began reflecting on where our church's staff needs to go as a team and it occurred to me that while our church, as a whole, understands who we are because of our Code, our staff may not have a strong identity …

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Happy First Birthday, Grace Hills!

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. Here's a brief video snapshot... What will our second year bring? I've …

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Why is 2013 Going to Rock at Grace Hills?

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 …

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

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 …

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Love Kids? Interested in Church Planting? Take a Peek

At Grace Hills, a new church in northwest Arkansas, we're going to be investing heavily into kids. After all, Jesus certainly did. He loved them, cherished them, and ultimately died for them. We believe serving kids well and helping parents to disciple them is one of our chief callings in northwest Arkansas. So we're looking to add an intern (or volunteer staff member) to our team who will specialize in children's ministry. Here's the description according to our …

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The Vision of Grace Hills Church

Grace Hills exists to gather a community of people who are coming to know Jesus and serving others for God's glory. It's a grace place, where people can experience open arms, a second (or 77th) chance, and a real balance of grace and truth. In the last two months, we've hosted three Vision Meetings to share the story of Grace Hills with the public. We met new friends at each meeting, but I wanted to offer a video version for others to see who can't attend one of our …

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Road Trip! Who’s With Us?

In 20 days or so, we'll be pulling out of Laguna Hills, California in our Penske truck and heading to northwest Arkansas to start planting Grace Hills Church. I love road trips!! I especially love road trips when I meet interesting people along the way, and that's why I'd love to see you along the way. There are some amazing churches and church leaders scattered along this 1,560 mile journey and if you're one of them, I would love to meet you, hear your story, and pray …

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How You Can Help Plant Grace Hills Church

Donate to Relocation to Plant Grace Hills Church Or, if you're a PayPal nut... We are now just sixty days from relocating to northwest Arkansas to begin the work of planting Grace Hills Church. The feedback we've received thus far has been tremendously positive. We've been encouraged by friends and family, fellow church planters, and the staff at Saddleback. I am confident in God's calling. I know this is His will, and I'm already envisioning what our …

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