Over the last year our congregation at Alameda has undertaken a strategic revitalization of our church's mission to our community. After several years of plateau, we were in need of revitalization; and this was weighing heavily on me. We were an active church with a big heart for people, known by our community as a … Continue reading How It All Started
Dear Alameda Church of Christ, In the month of September, our average Sunday morning worship attendance was 9% higher than last September's average - making it the 5th straight month of significant growth in our church family. After a lengthy period of plateau, our church is experiencing numerical growth again, and that's cause for celebration! … Continue reading +9%
Yesterday was a momentous occasion for the Alameda Church of Christ as we moved into our renovated auditorium and into a new era of our church's history - an era that we hope will be marked by greater faithfulness to the Great Commission, greater discipleship, and greater evangelism that will bring more and more people … Continue reading A New Era Begins!
This past Sunday my church family embarked on a new era in our church's history. This new era is intended to provide for a bright future of continued service to God and His Kingdom - and if Sunday is any indication, it is going to be an exciting adventure! And I want to say "thank … Continue reading Thank You, Alameda!
This coming Sunday our congregation will start meeting in two worship services at 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Here are 12 things every Alameda member needs to know before Sunday... All doors will be open and classes will meet in their usual places. The only part of our building that will not be in use this … Continue reading Before Sunday…
Over the last several months, the elders and ministers of the congregation I serve have been involved in some deep, soul-searching conversations about the future of our church family and the effectiveness of our work and witness for the Kingdom of God. Those conversations led to the development of a 5-year vision that we rolled … Continue reading Courageous Leadership
I continue to be amazed at how God is using our Celebrate Recovery ministry to impact the lives of people in our community and in our congregation. Recently, Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Community Church, where Celebrate Recovery began, wrote an article describing the features that make CR uniquely impactful. I have posted the article … Continue reading The 7 “Secrets” of Celebrate Recovery
At Alameda, we are focusing on becoming a church that is actively making Jesus known throughout the world, starting with our own neighbors. Last Sunday I preached a sermon called "Why Our Neighbors Need the Gospel" and gave these five reasons... Like us, our neighbors have a sin problem that only Jesus can solve. Like … Continue reading Why Your Neighbor Needs the Gospel
Jesus said that the second greatest commandment is "love your neighbor as yourself." At Alameda, we are encouraging each other to take those words of Jesus seriously; which is why we are launching several initiatives designed to help our members live intentionally among their neighbors. But being a good neighbor nowadays also must include our … Continue reading Love Your Neighbor – Even Online
At Alameda, we are slowly unfolding an initiative called "Make Jesus Known." The goal of this initiative is to position our congregation to be proactive in faithfully and effectively sharing the gospel of Christ with our community and beyond. We're starting by equipping and empowering our members to build intentional relationships with their neighbors that … Continue reading Do You Believe This?