Sunday, February 25, 2007

God's Mission

God often uses ordinary people to do the extraordinary for his glory. His mission is to restore broken relationships. He longs to hang out with each one of us...and especially those that don't yet know him. He wants his children to join him in the mission of reconciliation...and that means us! Clovis Hills is intentional about sharing the love of Jesus to everyone. We have a value of Open Acceptance: A Heart for the Lost...welcoming people just where they are...and helping them take the next steps as they strive to become more like Jesus. God doesn't expect perfect people...just people with a heart's desire to love him and strive to model such a lifestyle.

Living such a life means to be intentional about serving God on his share the love of Jesus...across the street and across the sea. I know that for some people the thought of this can feel somewhat overwhelming...thank God he's with us on the journey! Fortunately, we also have another "tool" and that's Saddleback church. They have been working on a Missions strategy for the last couple of years called P.E.A.C.E. - we have been part of working through some of preliminary steps. Rick Warren has often said "It is time...for the church to be the church." The P.E.A.C.E. plan is a strategy that will help Clovis Hills to continue being a church with an intentional purpose of fullfilling the Great Commission. This is an exciting time in the life of our church...yeah God!

Are you ready to join God on his mission? What are you waiting for...let's go for it!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Small Groups...On Mission

There is something that happens when a Small Group chooses to serve together. God transforms not only the group but the individuals's truly amazing! You know, when you actually stop to think about it...Jesus served with his small group on various occasions. Therefore, it is my desire to see Clovis Hills on mission primarily through their Small Group. This is not to suggest that individuals should not serve alone but I do know that we are better we will encourage to choose a mission together. Go to the website to explore the latest missions opportunities.

One such opportunity is our Mexico's a great trip for a Small Group! You can build a home while building relationships! Check out the Amor Ministries.
  • 7 DAY TRIP -
Clovis Hills has been partnering with Amor Ministries for the last 6 years to put together our Family Mission. This year is no exception! Please note the fast approaching DEADLINE to sign up – March 4th! Call or email Terry Maldonado at 297-2600 ext. 19 or
Dates: March 31st – April 6th (the week before Easter)
Cost: $210 per person over 10 years old; under 10 - FREE

Please note: Price does NOT include food, transportation, tools or camping equipment – each family/small group provides their own.
  • 3 DAY TRIP -
Be a part of a movement of individuals coming together for three days to give the tangible gift of love in a new home to families in Mexico.
Dates: Jun 29th–Jul 1st OR Aug 3rd– 5th OR Nov 9th–11th

Cost: - $425 per person-$210 for 10 & under- $125 deposit due on sign-up
All participants will meet at the Amor headquarters in San Diego, CA by 7:00 a.m. All meals, from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day, as well as tents and tools are included.
Call 619-662-1200 ext.126 or e-mail: to sign-up.
You can also go to the
website for more information.

My hope is that this year Clovis Hills has several Small Groups on mission to Mexico! Will yours be one of them?!?

Thursday, February 8, 2007

God's Leadership

I got my DVD in the mail! You may be wondering...what DVD?!? Glad you asked.

Last Fall, I had the opportunity to see the movie
Facing The Giants. It was awesome! The acting was fair to good and it was low budget but the story was great! The movie is about faith in God that transcends our human understanding. The emphasis on leadership is very powerful. So powerful that I was ready to join the coaches' team! The truth is I am on the team for God and the thing I'm realizing lately is that I am passionate about leadership. I love to help someone get a glimpse of what God has purposed them to be and do...and then serve in the ministry of their choice.

I have had the privilege of coming along side many leaders serving on mission. The experience has afforded me countless opportunities to grow in my own faith and leadership ability. There have been times when I've been on the sidelines watching a new leader emerge, testing their own ability, trusting God to guide them and then bearing fruit....such sweet fruit! It's soooo exciting - I'm about to burst!!! :-) This is really when I know what my passion is and that is to continue to train, equip and empower leaders for the doesn't get any better than that!

So, check out the movie...tell me what you think and let's see what God does!