On August 16th, 2015, we celebrated our six month anniversary at The Edge Church and much has happened in this season! Let’s take a look at all that God has done leading up to, and during the first six months of our launch.
After moving to Knightdale, North Carolina, the small launch team quickly began to meet others and build relationships – with neighbors, co-workers, people around town and anyone who would chat. They threw parties, social gatherings and other events in an effort to meet others who might be interested in joining the church launch team.
Here’s a look back at the pre-launch season.
God was so good to the team during that time. In those 7 1/2 months the team:
- Participated in three town events with exposure to 1,000s
- Gave out 100 free t-shirts
- Threw 3 parties (with a total of 220 people in attendance)
- Had 3 interest gatherings
- Took 100s of pictures
- Gave out more free food than you can imagine (!)
- Had more 1-on-1 meetings than you could count
- Injected thousands of dollars into the Knightdale community
Post-launch (our first six months)
When we launched on February 22nd we had no idea what to expect. Not much has changed! Each Sunday brings something new – whether it’s a challenge or a delightful surprise. Here are some highlights from those first six months:
7 salvation decisions – let’s face it…this is why we exist as a church! What an incredible thing to celebrate in the first 6 months.
5 baptisms – we threw a PARTY and celebrated 5 people who openly declared their devotion to God! Here’s a video we created from that special service.
We’ve invested 10s of 1,000s of dollars into the school system. What an incredible way for us to invest in the Wake County school system! Knightdale High School is glad to have us and we’re delighted to help them make a positive impact on students.
Over 500 “likes” on Facebook. We celebrate this because it helps us streamline communication, reach more people and rejoice in all that God is doing through Edge and in this area!
We’ve seen God do some amazing things in the hearts and lives of people at Edge. There’s nothing more encouraging for me to see, as the pastor, than people who deepen their relationship with Jesus. Some have seen improvements in their marriages, others have had friends and relatives notice a difference in their lives and still others have clung to God as they’ve plunged into very difficult circumstances. When people choose to press forward in obedience, God honors that.
Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry,
but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.
Psalm 34:10 NLT
The future at Edge is bright! I believe God’s plan for this church is inconceivably huge. Specifically, here are three things I believe God has in store for this church:
1- I believe we will grow to 150 in regular attendance by the end of year one.
Let’s face it – God’s plans for this church demand that she grow. He has called this church to be generous, to reach the lost and to impact our city. We can’t afford to get comfortable and stay small.
2- We will have 50 people on the dream team by year one
Our dream team has been phenomenal. If you’re not yet on the dream team, thank someone who is. They setup in advance, they watch our kids, they lead us in worship, they run sound, lights, tech, they greet us at the doors, they put up signage and prepare our meeting spaces. My prayer is that God would send more harvesters (Luke 10:2).
3- We will have five healthy small groups.
Small groups are one of the four critical legs on this chair. This week we are launching our first three – many more will be needed as we grow and continue to reach those who are far from God.
I hope you’re as encouraged as I am about the future of this church. I’m proud of all that she’s done in a short period of time and am eager to see how God uses her to expand His reach as a reflection of His heart for this area!
If you haven’t joined us on a Sunday morning, we’d love to have you visit!