Eighty-seven months. That’s how long it’s been since God officially launched Churches for Life. What a thrill it’s been to walk with Him in His continuing mission to redeem a lost and rebellious world!
When we started out in January, 2008, we had nothing and everything. The “nothing” included no money, no ministry infrastructure, no involved churches, and no staff (except me). The “everything” included, most importantly, God. And quite frankly, the “everything” of God far outweighed all the “nothings” put together.
Now, thanks to God, we have everything and everything! The first “everything” includes a cherished list of financial partners, suitable ministry infrastructure, over 100 involved churches, a staff of four, and a growing Board of Directors. The other “everything” includes, most importantly, God. And you know what? The “everything” of God still far outweighs all the other “everythings” put together! While the first list of “everythings” is great, the second “Everything” (God) is far better!
So, the launch of this new website represents more than just a new arrangement of digital zeros and ones. It remembers the faithfulness of God to us in the past, and His leading for our future. Looking back, you’ll see how it plainly incorporates the relationships and resources He’s developed in, for, and through us over the last eighty-seven months. You’ll see the fruit of His work through us in Life Teams and churches as more and more people have been equipped to champion life in the joy of the gospel.
This new website also represents our perception of God’s continued leading and faithfulness. While our beliefs, vision, mission, and core values remain unchanged, our strategic direction has matured. As you browse this website, you’ll see more onramps for partners who influence multiple churches. That’s because we are increasingly seeing God lead us to equip those partners with our Life Team model. You’ll see a new logo and new colors which reflect a more modern design along withe the cross of Christ and our mission statement. You'll also see more refinements in how we present our message, how we invite people to become partners, and how we share stories of God’s faithfulness.
Yes, this new website is a Digital Ebenezer, an electronic “Stone of Help” memorializing God’s faithfulness to us over the last eighty-seven months. It’s also a digital arrow pointing straight to the God who remains our Great North Star. It points to Him and where we believe He’s leading us. So, as you click, scroll, read, watch, listen, subscribe, and give, we invite you to celebrate God with us. Here is a tune for our celebration, the original lyric of “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” penned in 1757 by Robert Robinson (emphasis added).
Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount, I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy redeeming love.
Sorrowing I shall be in spirit,
Till released from flesh and sin,
Yet from what I do inherit,
Here Thy praises I'll begin;
Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Here by Thy great help I’ve come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood;
How His kindness yet pursues me
Mortal tongue can never tell,
Clothed in flesh, till death shall loose me
I cannot proclaim it well.
O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.
O that day when freed from sinning,
I shall see Thy lovely face;
Clothèd then in blood washed linen
How I’ll sing Thy sovereign grace;
Come, my Lord, no longer tarry,
Take my ransomed soul away;
Send thine angels now to carry
Me to realms of endless day.