Last night was the Kickoff of Elevation Global: Appstate!! Let me just say that it was one wild ride. We had originally planned to have the service in the Student Union, but as numbers kept increasing, we had to change locations. It turns out that this has been a HUGE blessing. We moved to the Legends Club on campus which fit our needs perfectly.
When we arrived at Legends last night, the core team, band, and volunteers circled up and we prayed over the building. We prayed that God would move during the service and that we would see lives changed. We prayed that there would be no complications and that God would use this church to make an impact on the Appalachian campus. After we prayed, we began to set up- everything came together so fast! The chairs were set up in a matter of minutes; the band started sound check and rehearsing; the volunteers grabbed their t shirts and were trained in greeting and being a VIP attendant; the Prayer team continued to pray over the building. We did experience a few complications before the service - the devil was LOVING it. But our God is so much STRONGER than any resistance we were facing at the time...and we opened the doors to Elevation Global right on time.
I am thankful for so many things this morning...
- 321 people in attendance!
- 2 salvations!
- Our amazing worship band: They created an environment where college students can worship our mighty God freely. They sounded INCREDIBLE.
- All of our volunteers: They were so eager and happy to serve last night. Full of energy and full of love! They welcomed people into the building and made every person feel at home. I am so grateful for all of them!
- The Core Team: I just LOVE all of them!! They are so full of energy and new ideas. Each of them have such a strong passion for Jesus and for ministry at AppState. They also have amazing leadership gifts- I feel so honored to work with them.
- Thank you to our production team who worked so hard to make everything go smoothly through out the service. They demanded nothing less than excellence and that is what we are all about.
- We were joined by Pastor Josh Blackson- Operations Pastor at Elevation Church - Providence, and Stephen Webb- Project Manager at Elevation Church. We felt so honored to have them with us, supporting us completely. A few members of the Core Team got the chance to sit down with Pastor Josh Blackson and his small group of high school students after the service. It was so great to have the chance to give them advice and words of wisdom now as college students.
- Thank you to Pastor Steven Furtick who presented us with an amazing message from last week's sermon: Grapes and Giants- Power UP. We were so inspired and encouraged by it and we're grateful to have him as our Pastor.
I am just completely in AWE of the God we serve. He who is able to make the impossible possible. He goes above and beyond our expectations. He calls us to trust in HIM when things get a little chaotic because He was the one who started this initiative at AppState. His POWER is limitless. And His name was lifted HIGH at Elevation Global last night. Cannot wait until next week- Our God is just getting started.