When God called us to Las Vegas, the vision was more than starting a new church. It was to join Him in catalyzing a movement to help see Sin City transformed to Grace City and to mobilize younger generations to change the world. So far, we have been at it just over two years and the movement has begun.
The most important pursuit in our movement is the same as the priority pursuit of our lives – love God with all of our hearts, souls, minds, and strength. We live to cultivate intimacy with the Almighty. We love the manifest Presence of our God!
The last two years, we have worked very hard to build a culture of prayer and worship. The main expression of our upward passion is our House of Prayer. Currently, we meet daily Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM, for our unique Word-fed, Spirit-led, Worship-based prayer meeting. We do a mini-version of the same thing for 30 minutes before each of our Sunday Worship Gatherings. We also hold three special Burn Weeks with three such prayer meetings a day for a week. Beyond that, we have three Burn Weekends a year. Our goal for 2015 is to add evening sessions some more people can get in on what we love.
The second pursuit of our movement is the same as the second greatest command we all must obey – love our neighbors as ourselves. We live missional lives, joining God on His mission to rescue the lost. We love to see radically changed lives. It exciting to see the Lord powerfully changing lives as He has set addicts free, delivered the demonized, saved the lost, healed the sick, and break the poverty cycle as the poor have gotten cleaned up, obtained jobs, and gotten off the streets.
Our outward focus has several expressions. This year we opened our Grace City Flamingo Outreach Center. There we meet with the poor and provide them with food, clothes, prayer and direction to how to get off the streets. What is encouraging is to see some of our “clients” giving back as they now serve in the center serving at the reception desk, sorting clothes and stacking food.
Beyond that, as a missional church, we also impact the lost weekly through our weekday outreach ministries. We have started Bible clubs in public elementary schools, middle schools, and at UNLV. We have a weekly Bible study that meets in a park most often populated by the poor, the homeless, and the addicted. Our buses run on weeknights picking up students to bring them to our middle school and high school groups.
On top of that, we are well-known for our large park outreaches where we provide food, and fun for hundreds of people. We also hold weeklong vacation Bible Schools in the parks.
The Great Commission is to make disciples who make disciples. In the last two years we have sent out a senior pastor, two youth pastors, and a military chaplain, with many more to come.
We have a five tiered discipleship strategy. Through our VX (Vegas Experience) we have church and college groups come and spend a week with us doing ministry and mission in the city for the city. Through the MX (Missions Experience – 10 weeks) and DX (Discipleship Experience – 26 weeks) students come to spend an extended time serving with us.
In January, our BX (Bible Experience) lifts off. We will provide the Liberty Bible Institute (http://www.lhbionline.com/ ), in a classroom, with a qualified professor, at a minimum cost to the student. Plus, we will be providing modified versions of several of the practical classes my wife and I have created and/or taught for Liberty University/ Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (Spiritual Formation, Supernatural Evangelism, Spiritual Warfare, Christian Counseling Ministry, and Ministry Matters).
Beyond that, this winter, we also will be opening our CPX (Church Planting Experience). We will partner with Liberty Church Planting Network http://libertycpn.com/about/ and Launch www.launchstrong.com to train planters who will plant Grace City style churches in Las Vegas, in the western states, and in other urban settings.
Upward, outward, forward, yet our central focus in inward as we obey the new command to love one another. We believe that authentic community is the atmosphere that is required for effective sustained ministry.
Our primary expression of the inward focus is Grace City Church. Our two Sunday worship gatherings and our city groups are where we renew our missional vision, find mutual encouragement and pray for one another.
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God is working in Las Vegas. We believe this budding revival could not only impact a city, but touch a generation.
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