making it hard

By October 26, 2015Church

Our vision: “Mountainview will impact South Denver and beyond by fostering a movement to start healthy 3G campuses and churches.”

Do you know what is the eighth largest country in the world in terms of population?

  1. China
  2. India
  3. Indonesia
  4. Brazil
  5. Pakistan
  6. Bangladesh
  7. Churchgoing Americans
  8. Non-churchgoing Americans!

Churchless Americans are more numerous than Canada, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, South Africa & New Zealand … combined!

Here’s another fact in American Christian culture: Most of what gets counted as “church growth” is actually transfer growth, rather than conversion growth. In other words, it’s saved people moving from one church to another rather than a new person crossing from darkness into light.

Where I live, Metro Denver, is one of the highest unchurched areas in the country!

I had coffee recently with John Leach, senior pastor at Jubilee Fellowship Church. They began in 1998 and have grown to several thousand people worshiping in four locations. He and I had a great conversation about the need to start more churches and campuses across South Denver.

No competition. No threat.

At one point, he looked at me and said: “Let’s make it hard for the people who live in our area to go to hell.”

That’s it in a nutshell. I want Mountainview to make it hard for the people who live in our area to go to hell.

I’m proud of the fact that we’ve had 29 BAPTISMS so far this year and 12 more people decided last weekend to get baptized!

But I know there is still much work to do. We live in a great area and a great area deserves great churches.

At our annual Vision Night back in January, we shared with you two goals:

Helping to start 2 new churches every year for the next 5 years.

We did just that — we started our first two! Inversion Community and Living Faith Christian Fellowship. We continue to support Elevation in Aurora and Front Range in Castle Rock. Combined these churches are reaching over a 1,000 people every weekend!

Starting a second Mountainview campus by the end of 2016.

To that end, we have stepped up our advertising in Roxborough and Lone Tree as possible locations for a new campus.

As a trial balloon, we are moving one of our upcoming Christmas Eve services to Lone Tree.

We have also been praying about the possibility of adopting a smaller, struggling church and helping revitalize it for the kingdom. These churches represent kingdom assets that need to remain in the kingdom. If you know of a local one that we can bless, let us know!

My prayer is that each of us — individually and as churches — will do what we can to make the biggest possible dent in the darkness as possible!