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BLOC Trip Has Moved

Posted on Fri, Jun 24, 2016 under Expression 4

Our Southland family has blown BLOC Ministries away with it’s help and encouragement this year! Many of you have called or emailed to ask about our next trip. We rescheduled it for Saturday, September 9th from 9am to 3pm. 
We will be back in Lower Price Hill to finish picking up trash, planting bushes or shrubs and checking on all of our previous projects. There is also a special opportunity to clean out a building that BLOC Ministries hopes to use as a brand new recreation center for the community. 
The cost for this trip is $25 per person, or $100 max per family, which will include breakfast, lunch and plants or rental equipment as needed. Please bring your own work gloves! We will meet at 9am, at McPhearson Church, 931 McPhearson Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 
If you are ready to sign up, you can register here! For any questions about the trip contact Robin

Mark Perraut
Global Outreach Director

Coming Soon: Willow Creek’s Global Leadership Summit

Posted on Mon, Jun 20, 2016 under Expression 1

A friend told me several years ago there are over 300 leaders chronicled in the Bible, but less than one fourth of them finished their race well. Why is that? There are lots of reasons, but one reason is that many simply stopped growing. That same friend also taught me that if you make just one decision that affects another person, you’re a leader. All of us make decisions that affect others at home, work, church, or our entire community. So, congratulations, you’re a leader.     
Every weekend in central Kentucky, we join in various locations to learn and grow together. How would you like to take that model and put it on steroids to deepen your leadership capacity by learning with other people from literally all over the world? What if you could learn from some of the greatest leaders in the country today -- from the Church, the business community, and nonprofit organizations -- and do it all from right here in central Kentucky?  
The Willow Creek Association is again hosting their Global Leadership Summit on August 11-12 and if you consider yourself part of the Southland family, you can participate at a discounted rate. If you’re not up for traveling over 400 miles to the broadcast location, Quest Community Church in Lexington will be a satellite venue for the Summit. This is an awesome opportunity to hear from leaders with diverse backgrounds, including Bill Hybels, who founded one of the largest churches in North America. Some of the other speakers include TD Jakes, John Maxwell, and Melinda Gates (yes, that one), along with former executives from the Ritz Carlton and Ford Motor Company. Click here for the full speaker lineup and more information.          
Between now and June 28, you can register for $99, which is about half the price of a regular individual registration. If you’d like to join other leaders in central Kentucky and register through Southland’s discount, just contact Cindy Willison here.  

Todd Bledsoe

Parent Sneak Preview - June 26

Posted on Mon, Jun 20, 2016 under Children Expression 3

We believe parents make the biggest difference in their child’s faith. That’s why we want your kids to hear the Big Picture Show Bible story first from you!  Here’s what we’ll be teaching next Sunday in the Big Picture Show.  Take time this week to read it as a family.
The Drive-In
Bible Story:  A Sinner Is Saved (Luke 8:40-56 NIrV)
Big Idea:  When I’s followin’ Jesus  I have mercy
Bible Verse:  “Your promises have proved to be true.  I love them.” -  Psalm 119:140 NIrV
The Backlot
Bible Story:  Elisha (II Kings 5:1-17 NIrV)
Big Idea:  When we tell others about God, we help His Kingdom grow
Bible Verse:  “Give thanks to the Lord. Worship him.  Tell the nations what He has done.“ - Psalm 105:1 NIrV

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Financial Life Coach Training

Posted on Wed, Jun 15, 2016 under Expression 1

Choices. There’s something awesome about having a choice. Giving people choices helps them move from being hopeless or helpless to being empowered. I’ve believed this for a long time. And Southland does something unique to place choices - and empowerment - back in people’s hands. 
Every week, people contact Southland asking for financial help. They need to pay their water or electric bill. Perhaps their rent is way overdue. These are real needs and really good ways for Southland to help people in our community. 
But instead of handing out money, Southland demonstrates care for the whole person by handing them a choice. We take the time to connect each person who qualifies for financial assistance with a Financial Life Coach. They walk through a process together - finding ways to stay out of debt and learning how to choose to be wise with their money. By offering long-term help, Southland restores dignity to people and empowers them to make choices for themselves. 
Would you like to get involved? You can become a Financial Life Coach! Join us on Wednesday, June 22 at 6:00 p.m. for a training session at our Richmond Road Campus. 
This training is for people from any Southland campus who are willing to use their skills to serve the community around them. 
To learn more, contact Candy Williams.

Candy Williams
Helping Through Him & Financial Care Coordinator

Parent Sneak Preview - June 19

Posted on Mon, Jun 13, 2016 under Children Expression 3

We believe parents make the biggest difference in their child’s faith. That’s why we want your kids to hear the Big Picture Show Bible story first from you!  Here’s what we’ll be teaching next Sunday in the Big Picture Show.  Take time this week to read it as a family.
The Drive-In
Bible Story:  A Storm (Mark 4:35-41 NIrV)
Big Idea:  When I’s followin’ Jesus  I be fearless.
Bible Verse:  “Your promises have proved to be true.  I love them.” -  Psalm 119:140 NIrV
The Backlot
Bible Story:  Bezalel and Oholiab (Exodus 35:30-35 - 36:7 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God gave us talents to serve Him.
Bible Verse:  “Serve him faithfully.  Do it with all your heart.“ - I Samuel 12:24 NIrV

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Parent Sneak Preview - June 12

Posted on Mon, Jun 06, 2016 under Children Expression 3

We believe parents make the biggest difference in their child’s faith. That’s why we want your kids to hear the Big Picture Show Bible story first from you!  Here’s what we’ll be teaching next Sunday in the Big Picture Show.  Take time this week to read it as a family.
The Drive-In
Bible Story:  Twelve Men (Luke 5:1-11 NIrV)
Big Idea:  Jesus be invitin’ me to follow Him (pirate talk)
Bible Verse:  “Your promises have proved to be true.  I love them.” -  Psalm 119:140 NIrV
The Backlot
Bible Story:  Joshua and Caleb (Numbers 13:25-31; 14:6-9 NIrV)
Big Idea:  We can have courage to do what God wants us to do.
Bible Verse:  “Be strong and brave. Do not be afraid. Do not lose hope. I am the Lord your God. I will be with you everywhere you go.” - Joshua 1:9 NIrV

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Join A Summer Life Group!

Posted on Fri, Jun 03, 2016 under Expression 1

Grills are firing up, pools are open, and kids are running in the streets. That can mean only one thing - summer is here! This summer, we want to connect you to a unique opportunity offered by our Life Groups Team - Summer Groups! 
Summer is a great time to dive head first into biblical community at Southland. Summer Groups are 5 week groups that will hang out together, build community over some fun summer activities, and serve the community together. Groups will pray together and learn more about what it means to follow Jesus in community.
Lots of people travel in the summer, but don’t let that stop you from joining a Summer Group! Go on your vacation, take your trip, play summer baseball, and then you can dive right back into the group when you return. By the end of the summer, you’ll have met some great people you walk past or sit beside every Sunday and you’ll have experienced how awesome community life can be!
Head on over to our Launch Night Page to see when Launch Night happens at your campus and register to attend. Then, make plans to join us for an afternoon / evening of food, fun, and connection! We’ll see you at Launch Night! 

Shaun Denney
Life Groups Team Director - Harrodsburg Road

Kids Moving Up

Posted on Thu, Jun 02, 2016 under Expression 3

Sunday, June 5 is promotion weekend in the Big Picture Show.  What does that mean for you?  Beginning this Sunday, children will move up to the grade they will be attending in the fall.  
For some children this means they will just be checking into another room within their current environment.  However, other children will be moving up to a new environment all together.  
All students going into sixth grade will promote up to Student Ministry on June 5 and are encouraged to attend their Middle School program at their campus and worship with their family on Sunday morning.  Check the Student Ministry page for more information about when Middle School students meet at your campus.
If your child is not moving up to the next grade/environment or you have any questions about Promotion Sunday, email us at childrens@southlandchristian.org.  

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Happy Or Holy…You Choose

Posted on Wed, Jun 01, 2016 under Expression 1

“Should we even still be married?”
“I’m just not happy.”
“He’s depressed.”
“We don’t communicate.”
“I don’t think I love her any more.”
“We’re pretty much going through the motions for our kids.”
The words may vary, but the sentiment is the same. The plan was to live happily ever after but when that falls apart there is always disappointment. Expectations are not being met. Promises have not been kept. Bitterness and resentment have pushed to the brink of breakdown from years of “trying” to make it work. On your wedding day, you were ready to be in this forever. You weren’t planning on feeling this way. But now that you’re here, what can you do?
This begs the question. Can marriage make us truly happy? Should marriage make me happy? Is there something wrong with me? Shouldn’t we be having fun? The answer may surprise you. 
We’re not trying to over-simplify it. Marriage cannot make you ultimately happy. Nor is it intended to. The only relationship that can truly make you happy is the one with Jesus. Here’s why: God’s got it rigged. Nowhere in Scripture are we promised happiness. You see, happiness is fleeting at best. It’s circumstantial. It rarely lasts. 
Maybe you used to think that marriage was designed to keep us from being lonely, or to populate the planet. Or maybe you had lofty visions of marriage making two people into a force for good. But the truth is the goal of marriage is to trek toward Jesus Christ, becoming more like Him daily with someone we’re committed to love for our entire life. If we approach marriage differently, we’ll be tossed around in a life raft full of holes, where our primary job is frantically trying to keep this thing from sinking. It is only the call to pursue holiness in our individual selves as married covenant partners that is the difference between surviving and thriving. 
If the goal of your marriage has been to make each other happy, you are aiming too low, and taking on an impossible task. The goal of marriage, therefore, is to make each other holy. But here’s the good news: the natural by-product of holiness is something closely akin to happiness … the Bible calls it joy. The purpose of marriage is not to make us happy. It’s to make us holy. Happiness follows holiness. Never the other way around. 
If you are struggling to find that holy, joy-filled place in your marriage, here are a few suggestions:
  • First, pray. Ask God to reveal anything in you that would hinder you from being the best spouse you can be. 
  • Ask a trusted friend: Do you see anything in my actions, attitudes, or speech that you consider unhealthy as a Godly spouse?
  • Seek Godly, professional guidance. Sometimes things have gone on for a long time and run very deep. We have a great counseling assessment coordinator here at Southland. You can contact Jennifer Wallace here.  
  • Finally, continue to grow and learn together. There are great resources available. Here are a few meaningful ones: Love & Respect, You and Me Forever, and for a really good swim in the deep end, Sacred Marriage
The world has sold us a bill of goods in trying to convince us that the purpose of marriage is happiness. And that if we’re just not happy, we need to move on. But as Christ-followers, we are constantly called away from self-centeredness. Away from demanding our own rights. Toward our ultimate mission as Christ-followers: holiness.
Check out what the Bible has to say about marriage! Want to learn more? Contact Rebecca Hatton!

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

Parent Sneak Preview - June 5

Posted on Mon, May 30, 2016 under Children Expression 3

We believe parents make the biggest difference in their child’s faith. That’s why we want your kids to hear the Big Picture Show Bible story first from you!  
This week:
  1. Read the story.
  2. Talk about the Big Idea.
  3. Memorize the Bible verse.
The Drive-In
Bible Story:  David and Jonathan (1 Samuel 20 NIrV)
Big Idea:  Good friends love and help each other
Bible Verse:  “I give you a new command. Love one another … just as I have loved you.” - John 13:34 NIrV
The Backlot
Bible Story:  Great Commision (Matthew 28:19-20 NIrV)
Big Idea:  We are world changers, on mission to tell others about Jesus.
Bible Verse:  “So you must go and make disciples of all nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And you can be sure that I am always with you, to the very end.” - Matthew 28:19-20 NIrV

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Put In The Time

Posted on Fri, May 27, 2016 under Expression 1

Sometimes I get upset that we don’t live in the Jetson’s future that I thought would be a reality by 2016. There are no flying cars. There’s no robot maid. There isn’t a single pill to serve as an entire Thanksgiving dinner. But what I wish for most is that automatic dental hygiene chair. You remember that? George Jetson sat down in a chair and a bunch of robotic arms came out and took care of his morning breath and gingivitis.
I hate the daily routine of flossing, rinsing and brushing every morning. And then I have to do it all again at bedtime. Isn’t there a more efficient way to keep my teeth clean and bad breath at bay? Alas, there is not. I have to put in the time and the discipline.
And the same is true with our Expression #1 at Southland. If we want a transforming relationship with God, then we have to put in the time. But Bible study and personal growth doesn’t come without some great resources. We’ve got a few things that serve as the electric toothbrushes of our spiritual lives.
Investing time to read, ponder and apply the words of God spoken through the Bible is a great plan. An easy place to start is to receive Southland’s Daily Devotional every weekday in your email.
Need help staying on track with reading Scripture? A reading plan is a great way to hold yourself accountable. Check out YouVersion to see some really great ways to keep your transforming relationship with God on the right path.
If you’ve been looking for a great Bible Study to supplement your personal growth throughout the week, then check out RightNow Media. It has phenomenal video resources for all ages, from churches and pastors all across the country, to help you develop and grow in your relationship with Jesus.
We've put together some great video series lead by our staff to help you with your pursuit of a transforming relationship with God.
Those are just a few ideas to keep your personal growth on track in 2016. If you need help, don’t hesitate to contact me. We’re here to help. But, much like brushing your teeth, the world is a better place when you put the time into your Spiritual life. It’s totally worth it.

Derrick Purvis
Formation Pastor

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