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area ministry kickoff

This Sunday marks a big day in the life of East Valley Bible Church, and a big day in my life. Nearly two years ago, the vision for Area Ministry (doing ministry out in the communities more than on the church campus) was born. Since then, many have worked hard to get our church in a place to go public with this approach to ministry. This week, the kickoff begins. Below is a brief description of each week. If you're local, I hope you'll join us for this exciting series and I hope you'll participate in the ministry in your community.

9/9 – Making Room for Life
Examining how the busy, overwhelmed pace of life keeps us from investing in the lives of others, both for healthy community and mission. Challenging people to examine whether that kind of lifestyle allows us to maximize our lives for the sake of God’s kingdom.

9/16 – Area Ministry Overview
Explaining Area Ministry and how it seeks to help us deal with our fast-paced lifestyles and invest in those God has put in our spheres of influence. This week will answer many of the practical questions people have about this approach.

9/23 – Theology of Community
Exploring the theological and biblical reasons that we need each other, and the importance of living out the one anothers of the Bible.

9/30 – Living on Mission
Discussing how God’s kingdom can spread in our communities through loving people, serving their needs, sharing the Gospel and doing good works of compassion.


  1. Blogger aztroy | 9/07/2007 4:41 PM |  

    Are these the topics Tom is preaching on or a class or what exactly?

  2. Blogger Brian | 9/08/2007 4:36 PM |  

    I'm excited for this series and ready to continue to do life with fellow believers as a community. Don't know if you've read this or not, but it is by a Mars Hill pastor on community and the false idea that community is always comfortable and safe. Here's the link: http://voxpopnetwork.com/lifeonmars/2007/07/26/community-the-un-safest-place/

    It's also up on my blog.

  3. Blogger Alan F | 9/12/2007 9:37 AM |  

    Brian, thanks for the link. Brad House makes a wonderful observation in his article.