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“Here We GO… STUDENT MINISTRY”

After a successful launch of Calvary’s new East Lake campus, where there is a ‘family” gathering of over 700 each Sunday, we are ready for our next adventure.  Here we go…

Calvary Church – STUDENT ACTIVITIES CENTER

Calvary has recently purchased a 17,500 square foot building on 4 acres of property at 150 S. McMullen Booth Road.  This property is contiguous to our main campus on two sides, allowing for easy access from our internal parking areas.

The team has been assembled. Budget numbers are being crunched. Pre-construction/renovations meetings have begun and plans are coming together for what will be a student ministry facility that will include a worship area, gathering areas, breakout rooms and office space for staff.  It will be space that will allow our student ministry to continue to flourish and grow.  This facility will be a place that will attract students from the entire Tampa Bay area, allowing us to “build relationships” with new friends.

Watch for our “grand opening” September 2013 and join us as we embark on this new journey to reach every student for Christ in Tampa Bay!  HERE WE GO…

 
 

Calvary East Lake

Welcome Calvary East Lake!Image

You’ve seen the sign on East Lake Road as you drive by.  Have you stopped in yet?  Please do so, we would love to have you attend one of our Sunday services at 9:15 or 11 am.  I promise, you will be glad you did.  From our tremendous volunteers, who greet you with a helpful smile, to our fantastic coffee bar, your first impression will be extremely positive. Your children will love the space we have created specifically for them. Then, walking into our intimate worship area, you’ll get the feeing of “home”.  We have worked hard to provide you with an environment that’s cozy and comfortable, not too big, not too small- that “just right” size church for you!

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Welcome to Calvary East Lake @ 1190 East Lake Road, Tarpon Springs, FL

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Christian, Faith, Uncategorized

 

Leadership Summit Week

Leadership Summit Week

This past week, for me was the “coolest” leadership week of my life-“bar none!”  It was truly a mountaintop experience.  My words will not do justice trying  to describe the leadership mettle that I was apart of- Bill Hybels, Condoleezza Rice, Jim Collins, Patrick Lencioni, John Ortberg, Craig Groeschel, Willy Rice, Greg Toney, Aaron Walp, Danny Bennett, David Kilgore, Dean Rucker and Eric Geiger.  I was surrounded and saturated with leadership dialogue for the better part of a week amongst these leaders’s whose hearts are on fire for God.  Leaders must always learn (and read and debate issues), striving to improve.  When leaders get better, the entire organization gets an “upgrade”!

I want to give a special “shout-out” to the executive leadership team at Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicagoland!  You guys- Greg, Trei, Kent and Rick are simply the best!  Thank you for spending so much precious time with us.  I shall ever be grateful.

Proverbs 27:17 states, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another”, was clearly evident this past week.  I am not the leader I was, God has sharpened me through these wonderful men and women.  He has graciously allowed me to upgrade!

TEAM CALVARY Leadership Rally

If you decided not to join the 400 that did attend, you better just ask me how it was!  YOU missed the single most exciting night in Calvary’s history.  Thankfully, it’s not too late to be a part.  Find me on Saturday night or Sunday and ask, “What did I miss?”.  I cannot wait to tell you- you NEED to be part of this vision, you must find out what you missed!

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

First Impressions @ Calvary

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression” is a statement that must resonate loudly with any organization.  Unless you really don’t care and want to fail.  But, I’m betting you do care!  The paradox is that most organizations spend way too much time and effort on external circumstances and expect internal improvements.  A new slogan, new colors and even a revamped marketing campaign will not work if employees do not care.  If employees just care about a paycheck, customers will know immediately.  The customer feels like they are an intruder.

So, how do we change this?  We invest in our one resource that will have the greatest return, our people, the team!  We spend time with them, we listen to them, we implement their good ideas and we constantly train them!  In a nutshell, we care deeply about them!

“They DON’T Get Paid?!”

I have the privilege of leading a team of volunteer professions known as our “First Impressions Team”.  This ministry team is comprised of hundreds of men and women of all ages. They are all unpaid volunteers.  This is a team that loves doing what they do- and they do everything from risking their lives directing cars in our many parking lots to serving coffee in the cafe.  We open doors and say “Welcome”, we take you to areas you don’t know how to get to, we help you get seated, we insure the safety of our campus, we have trained medical personnel ready to respond and we can shuttle you in and back out to your car!  We love what we do!  We want to help everyone who comes on campus at Calvary!

I truly love spending time with this team!  I can never give too much, spend enough time, invest too much leadership capital with “my family”  The return on these investments are eternal, always greater than expected!  If you ask each of them, they would say they get so much more out of serving than any paycheck could give them.  Ask me and I know I am the one who is really being blessed by the love, kindness and commitment of this team.  This team ROCKS!

This blog is dedicated with love to Calvary’s First Impressions Team.  We would love for you to become part of this awesome team, just ask any of us on Saturday night or Sunday, we love to show you how!

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Discovering Dynamic Life

We’ve all heard the expression, “Actions Speak Louder Than Words”.  This is specifically why Patty and I decided to host a Life Group on Saturday Nights at Calvary.  We wanted this action to shout, “Life Groups are fundamental in maturing as a disciple of Christ and YOU need to be in one.”  “Life Groups are so important, we will host a group, even with our busy schedules.” “Being in a Life Group will change your life.”  “All the best people are in a Life Group.”

Amongst all this rhetoric, the real reason we decided to host a Life Group, is the Holy Spirit convicted me, “Big-Time” during a staff discussion concerning Life Groups!  Even though I participate in a Tuesday night Life Group, His spirit commanded me to host a Saturday night Life Group!  It’s a good policy to listen and obey when God speaks to you!  So, we are meeting in HS 136 at 7:15 p.m. Saturday evenings.  We would love to have you join us!  Let me challenge you to join a group, any Life Group!

Letting YOUR action speak by joining a Life Group will be the best step you will take in 2012!  Why would you not want to grow closer to God and spend time with some cool new friends?  Because your already too busy?  You’ve got soccer practice for the kids, projects due at work, too much driving around as it is. You’ve got a million reason why you don’t have time.  My challenge to you is to find one reason to spend 1 hour per week in a Life Group and 15 minutes a day studying God’s word (check out Pastor Willy’s blog about this)– reading specific scripture passages and think about what God is communicating.

Then, let your actions speak in response to what God asks of you!  It’s what Discovering Dynamic Life is all about!

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2012 in Christian, Faith, Uncategorized

 

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2011- A Year to Remember

Amazing!   2011 was by all accounts a historic year for Calvary.

I’m in my “full throttle” planning mode, communicating and coordination with teams of individuals that will help accomplish great things at Calvary in 2012! So, stay tuned for updates on what’s happening @ Calvary!

But a quick “flashback”…

Just to recap, for those that were not paying attention, we built 2 buildings debt free, our Sports Ministry Complex and our Preschool expansion: $7 Million worth of construction.  Calvary baptized more individuals than any other year in Calvary’s history, 329.  Double-digit growth was seen in all our ministry areas, preschool through worship, our campus was buzzing with activity every day of the week.  Our staff executed a 9.11 service with over 5,000 in attendance at Brighthouse Field, thanking all 1st Responders, our Community, our Country and our God.  We hosted a “Team Calvary” event at Raymond James Stadium that witnesses scores and scores of new volunteers eagerly ready to serve. Calvary’s 2011 Ministry Plan (operational budget) finished at 1.1% over our targeted revenue ($4.742M actual verses $4.691M).  We sent missionaries to just about every corner of God’s earth.  Thank you, Jesus for blessing Calvary!

Want to know more?  Check us out at Calvary’s website and follow us on Twitter @ForLifesJourney

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2012 in America, Christian, Faith

 

The Rock & The Barn

Once upon a time there was… No, I won’t make up a story. In fact no fictional story could ever come close to the reality of “The Rock & The Barn”! Don’t believe me? Well, please read on!

THE ROCK

Aerial view of THE ROCK

You see, The Rock is the name of Calvary’s new sports ministry complex that will not only be home to all Calvary Christian High School athletes, but will allow Calvary Baptist Church to minister to thousands of families by providing a warm, welcoming and safe Christ-centered environment where they can play and have fun! Currently, Upwards football uses the field to play their games! “Thanks” seem inadequate to the Christian men and women who are volunteering to coach, referee and mentor these kids. They do this because they love kids, period.
We will also host Upwards soccer later in the year. The Rock is a solid place for kids to play. The Rock is a blessing from a family who has partnered with Calvary to “expand Christ’s kingdom through CCHS”. We thank God for this family, for His blessings and certainly understand the responsibility that comes with such a complex. My prayer is that we minister to thousands more kids than we ever thought possible. To God be the glory!


THE BARN

At Calvary, we LOVE kids! Kids of all ages are a big part of who we are at Calvary. As God has continued to bless us at Calvary, we realized some time ago we would soon run out of space in our preschool area. Well, we knew we couldn’t let that happen, we LOVE preschoolers!

So, with lots of planning, and listening to input from some really smart people, we added 17,500 square feet to our existing preschool building!  This facility is phenomenal!  Eleven large new classrooms, a 4,000 square foot assembly hall equipped with audio & video AND THE BARN!  The Barn is about 2,000 square feet of 2-story FUN!  An indoor playground so fantastic KIDS will surely bring their PARENTS to church!  As you enter the campus from McMullen Booth Road, you will no doubt, see The Barn!  We purposefully gave it visibility as you come in.  Hey, we LOVE kids, remember!?

The next time your kids say, “let’s go to church”, please let them bring you to Calvary!  They’ll love you for it!

And when you see kids in your neighborhood dragging their parents by the hand, saying, “Let’s go to the Barn, Let’s go to the Barn”…

Now you know the story of “THE ROCK & THE BARN”.

Grand Opening, 9/18/11

This new preschool area is open, but we are having a Grand Opening on September 18, so please plan on being part of this exciting event!

Inside the new preschool entry- almost finished

Outside the Barn looking in. “Let me in!”

The Barn is an adventure for kids!!
 
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Posted by on September 2, 2011 in Christian