This month we will engage in our first 2018 “GO - Lift Every Church” project. I am sure that you know by now that these projects are designed to bless and lift up other churches in Stockton so that together we can effectively reach this city for Jesus as well as enhance our unity with other fellowships.

These projects not only include doing physical labor on another church’s campus; however, it also includes a joint prayer ministry the Saturday prior to the project as well as a “block party” at which the host church is able to share their vision with the community.

So here is the schedule for this month’s project at Greater Christ Temple, 8800 Thornton Rd., 95209.

Saturday morning, April 14th – “GO Pray.” Listen for announcements regarding specific time but this will be a united prayer time on the property of Greater Christ Temple asking God to bless the project and our work together as congregations. This will last about an hour and transportation is provided from the Quail Campus if desired.

Saturday, April 21, 8:30 – 12:30. “GO Lift” project work day. Go ahead and meet us at Greater Christ Temple 8800 Thornton Rd., 95209. Wear your “GO” shirt and come prepared to do some painting, gardening, cleaning and other light chores. At 12:30 or so, we will start the block party and you can enjoy some relaxed time and good fellowship as the event winds down.

We will be signing up for this event real soon, so save the date and plan on joining us to “GO Lift Every Church!”

Pastor Marc    

I am pleased and thrilled to announce that the Elders have voted to enlarge the staff role of Brandon Smith here at Quail to full time. For many years now, Brandon has had a part time role in which he was the primary teacher/leader in the young adult congregation called “Refresh.” Over the span of his leadership, that ministry has grown both in numbers and in quality of relationships.

Today we announce that Brandon’s enlarged role will call him to continue to oversee the “Refresh” ministry, but expand his responsibilities to include leadership in the “GO” projects and lend his expertise to coordinating Quail’s publicity efforts. In addition to these primary tasks, Brandon will expand his teaching/preaching role and assist Pastor Randy with membership care responsibilities.

While he grows into these new ministry roles, Brandon will also continue his ministerial studies, preparing for whatever the Lord will have for him in the future.

Brandon and his wife Melaney, have been members of Quail since 2015. They have one son Luke, and their daughter, Bethany, was just born February 26. This is a big month for them!

Please be in prayer for Brandon and Melaney as Brandon comes onto the Ministry Staff here at Quail.

Pastor Marc

When you consider the Great Commission that Jesus left us, the action that is called for is “make disciples.”

“…go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” (Matt. 28:19)

That is the job description of the church and, in fact, of every believer in Jesus Christ. In order to accomplish that, we need to keep a few things in mind. Here is my take on the most important points:

What is a disciple? A disciple of Jesus Christ is a Christ follower who is growing in his/her understanding of the Word of God (head), in his/her life transformation toward righteousness (heart) and his/her active service for the Lord (hands).

Since discipleship growth takes place in these three areas (head, heart and hands), the church ministry must assist in all of these ways. We have a Commission here at Quail called the “Discipleship Commission,” but we can quickly see that the true discipleship process will take more than the programming that is birthed by just this one group. Here is a quick review of a few of the program areas that touch each of these discipleship arenas…

Head

  • Bible Classes, Sunday Mornings (Discipleship Commission)
  • Bible Classes, Prime Time (Discipleship Commission) 
  • Sunday Sermons (Pastor)
  • Discipleship Experience Program (Discipleship Commission)

Heart

  • Worship Experience, Sundays (Worship Arts Commission)
  • Support Groups (Counseling Commission)
  • Life Together Groups (Discipleship Commission)
  • Discipleship Experience Program (Discipleship Commission)

Hands

  • Go projects, local and International (Global Focus Commission)
  • Divine Design Workshop (Equipping and Mobilizing Commission)
  • Design oriented ongoing service mobilization (Equipping and Mobilizing Commission)

I recognize that given enough space and time, I could fit almost all of our Commissions and activities into one of these three categories. However, this list represents what I would call the primary considerations. The Commissions have the responsibility in each area to sponsor excellent programming, deploy gifted people into leadership positions, and train and mobilize new and future leaders for all. If any of this interests you, feel free to contact the church office and we will connect you to the contact person for the specific area of ministry you are interested in.

However, on an individual level, we all need to realize that being and making disciples is not a program, it is a lifestyle. That lifestyle calls for the practice of the basic habits of the Christian faith such as prayer, Bible reading and service.  It calls for a consistent life model that realizes that long-term spiritual growth will come as we practice an “everyday” faith. One author says this, “You can’t micro-wave a disciple, it is a crock pot recipe.” That is the truth. I hope in 2018 that you experience slow, steady growth in each of these three arenas, and that our teams lead with excellence in all.  

His and Yours,

Pastor Marc

               

 

It was some time ago that the staff here in the office came to me with information regarding a growing trend among churches. It was that in order to make giving as convenient as possible for the giver, many churches were enabling people to make donations via text. I must admit that at first this seemed a little farfetched to me, but we were able to initiate this process in 2015. Since then, I have been amazed when I have received the reports that come my way. Particularly in 2017, we saw a surge in giving through this process.

We more than doubled our gifts via text as we compare 2017 and 2016, and it seems to be continuing to grow. So this article comes to you to say, “Thank you,” as well as to explain how this method can be accessed by those of you who may not be aware of this opportunity.

Here is the text giving process…

  1. In your texting app, enter “73256” in the “To” box and “Quail” in the “Message” box.
  2. You will be sent to a secure site where you will enter your donation amount.
  3. The first time only, you will also be asked for your credit/debit card information.
  4. Touch the “Give” button and the transaction is complete.
  5. You will receive a text confirmation and an email receipt for your donation.

This is just one more way that we are able to demonstrate our generosity toward, and involvement in, all that the Lord is doing here at Quail.

Blessings,

Pastor Marc

Recently our own Sandi Cornett traveled to Houston to serve in the relief efforts sponsored by Samaritans Purse as they responded to hurricane Harvey. Sandi is a Pediatric Physical Therapy Assistant here in Stockton and has been attending Quail for almost 10 years. She and I dialogued about this experience of self-mobilized missions and here is what she said.