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10-10-80

Posted on Thu, Feb 16, 2017 under Expression 1

Last month Jon shared some really exciting news. We anticipate Southland being completely out of debt by the end of this year! This will be the first time since Southland first bought property on Harrodsburg Road in 1979 that the church will not hold any debt. As a church, we will now be able to use the money that was applied to debt payments and put those dollars aside to save for a permanent location for our Georgetown campus - and future multi-site campuses! We are excited to be able to continue to grow God’s kingdom in Kentucky but we don’t plan to use debt to build future campuses. We will continue to use more than 10% of our resources for local and global outreach and to generously bless Dollar Club families. When our debt is paid down, the church’s “next” 10% will be saved for future multisite campuses. We have faith that God will allow us to provide life-changing ministry when we live on 80% of the resources He’s entrusted to us. In fact, we can’t wait to see how freeing it will be for our church to live the 10-10-80 financial model.
 
We want you and your family to join us in Giving 10%, Saving 10% and Living on 80% of what God provides for you. Why do we want you to adopt 10-10-80? Quite simply, how you handle your money is important in your relationship with God and in your family relationships. In Matthew 6:21 Jesus says, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  
 
Adopting the 10-10-80 financial lifestyle may seem like a difficult goal for many of us. Keep in mind that Southland did not get to this place of financial peace overnight. It is the result of a lot of prayerful decisions - and some delayed gratification along the way. In the same way, getting to 10-10-80 with your money won’t necessarily happen right away. It’s a process. And it’s a process we want to help you with. Living generously by giving back a portion of your money to God can be made easier with online giving. If you want to reduce your debt, increase your savings, and put a financial plan in place, check out our website for information on Financial Peace classes that will be starting in March. Or if you are not sure where to start and you want to spend time with a Financial Life Coach, contact Candy for more information.  

Kurt Braun
Executive Director of Operations / Advancement

Night Of Worship

Posted on Fri, Feb 03, 2017 under Worship Expression 1

"Without worship, we go about miserable."  A. W. Tozer 
 
As we kick off Night of Worship in 2017 I want to invite you, your friends, and family to join us Tuesday, February 7 at 6:30pm in Theater 81 at our Harrodsburg Road Campus, especially if you have never attended one before! 
 
We can be so busy, overwhelmed, and distracted by everything going on around us that it can seem inconvenient to add another event to your calendar each month. But what we can also tell you is that we are always blessed by the genuine, passionate worship we get to share with our church family! 
 
Let’s take this chance to push back the miserable rat race we sometime find ourselves in and take time to gather and express our worship of the one true God. For more on what you are created for and what our Night of Worship events are about check out this video:
 



 

Mike Vandemark
Programming Director

608 Moves To 308

Posted on Thu, Jan 26, 2017 under Expression 1

Sometimes it can be so hard to make a choice. There’s this psychological effect called the Paradox of Choice that comes into play when we have a number of options available to us. The Paradox of Choice can leave us wondering if we’re missing out by choosing one option over another - and it can even paralyze us altogether. For some of us it plays out when we’re deciding between this outfit or that, what major to pursue, or even who to hang out with this weekend.
 
Just a few short years ago, we used to have to decide to either skip 608 or skip the Super Bowl on the first weekend in February. And, well... since they still haven’t moved the Super Bowl for us, we’re still moving 608 to 308 that Sunday! 
 
So be sure to mark your calendars and tell your friends that on February 5th 608 will actually be a 3:08 service.  We'll see you there! 

Matt Edin
Worship & Programming Pastor -Richmond Road

Financial Peace 2017

Posted on Fri, Jan 06, 2017 under Expression 1

2017 can be the year you get your financial house in order and take control of your money. Financial Peace University classes provide an opportunity to learn how to create a financial plan, become debt-free, and prepare for your financial future.  You can learn more about FPU and find a class near you by going to the Dave Ramsey website at this link: Financial Peace.
 
And if you have an interest in leading a Financial Peace class here at Southland, please contact me

Kurt Braun
Executive Director of Operations / Advancement

Personal Growth In 2017

Posted on Fri, Jan 06, 2017 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 2017. There are no flying cars. There’s no robot maid. There isn’t a single pill to serve as an entire 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 my 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’s 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.
 
This isn’t as much of a daily routine as it might be a jumpstart for your spiritual growth. For you fellas out there, t’d be a great chance to join others for surge in your spiritual journey.
 
Those are just a few ideas to keep your personal growth on track in 2016. If you need help, don’t hesitate to contact us. 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
Harrodsburg Road Campus Leader / Formation Pastor

Dollar Clubs - December 2016

Posted on Fri, Dec 16, 2016 under Expression 1

Tis’ the season and one of the highlights this time of year is gift giving. My favorite kind of gifts are unexpected and life changing. That’s exactly what we get to do through Dollar Club. Each week at Southland we all give an extra dollar, then we give that money to people in need, and God multiplies the blessing. Here are four ways you helped unleash a revolution of love across Central Kentucky this month...

  • A three and half year old girl has serious health issues. She suffers debilitating headaches, has difficulty swallowing, struggles with balance issues and seizures. She’s facing surgery and a long recovery. Her parents are under the financial weight of a ton of doctor visits with specialists, a very expensive surgery, and recovery. Dollar Club will help pay living expenses for the family so the mom can take time off work to nurse her daughter back to health.
  • There is a young lady hoping to head off to college who has suffered from seizures since she was 4. She needs a service dog to make it possible to navigate life on her own. Her mom has battled cancer and the family doesn’t have any extra money to buy a dog for their daughter. Dollar Club is purchasing a dog so the daughter can gain independence and enjoy freedom in her next stage of life.
  • A 24-year-old single woman has recently been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She has to undergo four very aggressive rounds of chemotherapy and won’t be able to work. Chemo will last three months. Without income, she would be in trouble financially. The Dollar Club is going to take care of her living expenses while she is receiving treatment for her cancer. 
  • There is a young lady who was working to get herself into college and a relationship she was in turned abusive. This cost her many things, including the finances she had raised for both life and school enrollment. Dollar Club is going to help her get into a stable living situation so she can continue to pursue her education. We would like to thank you for giving so these blessings can continue. Please take some time to pray for all of the people and families involved. Also, be sure to join us January 8 for a new series called Uncommonwealth! This series will share the vision for the future of our church.
We would like to thank you for giving so these blessings can continue. Please take some time to pray for all of the people and families involved.
 
Also, be sure to join us January 8 for a new series called Uncommonwealth! This series will share the vision for the future of our church.

Nathan Head
Executive Pastor of Ministries

Friends Helping Friends

Posted on Thu, Dec 15, 2016 under Expression 1

Are you the one all your friends gravitate toward for advice, direction, a listening ear, or prayer? Maybe you’re one of those friends who is always helping your other friends. Maybe not. Either way, there are many times friends helping friends is a great pathway to see God move us toward help and healing in our lives.
 
But how would you feel about taking it to the next level? Southland would love to partner with you in helping provide training and growth in a few areas that will help not only sharpen you as a great go-to person when things get tough, but, even further, prepare you to serve as a Lay Counselor with our Care Team. We’d love to pour into you and then help provide the opportunities for you to use that training to provide competent, supervised Lay Counseling for people who don’t necessarily need to see a professional counselor to walk through the challenges they’re facing in life.
 
Sound like something God is calling you to be a part of? Join us for our 13 week Lay Counselor Training starting January 25, 2017 from 6-8pm in Room A102 (Lower Conference Room). The cost for the training is $30 and must be paid at the time of registration. Training is limited to 25 people. For more information contact Laura or register on line.

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

Back To The Basics

Posted on Fri, Dec 09, 2016 under Expression 1

A river is purest at its source. The same is true of the Church. If we want to know what the Church should be like today, we only need examine the original Church, as recorded in the book of Acts.
 
On Sunday, January 8 we’ll kick off a new series that will take us back to the New Testament Church to get our marching orders for 2017 and beyond. The first church excelled in love, generosity, kindness, and risk-taking faith. More than ever before, that’s what Southland wants to be and do. This new series will lay out our vision and passion for...
  • Uncommon Love: At no other time in the history of Christianity did love so characterize the entire Church as it did in the first three centuries, and Roman society took note. The early Church historian, Tertullian, reported that the Romans would exclaim, “See how they love one another!” We want others to say the same thing about Southland’s uncommon love!
  • Uncommon Generosity: The early Christian philosopher and apologist, Justin Martyr,  wrote, “We who used to value the acquisition of wealth and possessions more than anything else, now bring what we have into a common fund and share it with anyone who needs it.” The first-century Church leveraged every resource they had to help the poor and plant Churches everywhere. We want to do the same all across the Commonwealth of Kentucky! 
  • Uncommon Kindness: Another early Church author, Lactantius, wrote, “If we all derive our origin from one man, whom God created, we are plainly all of one family. Therefore it must be considered an abomination to hate another human being, no matter how guilty he may be. Because we are all brothers, God teaches us to never do evil to one another, but only good.” We want Southland to be known everywhere for our uncommon kindness. We want to be a Church that’s always kinder than necessary!
  • Uncommon Risk: God wants us to succeed at the mission He’s given us, therefore we can trust Him to provide everything we need. In all honesty, the safest thing we can do is take a risk! We don’t want to look back on our lives and wonder, “What if we had…” We want to look back on our lives knowing we did everything we could to love people around us. When the followers of Jesus at Southland permanently ditch the “play it safe” mindset, the state of Kentucky will never be the same!
An uncommon impact on the Commonwealth--that’s our goal! Join us each week and bring a friend for this new series as we set forth the dreams, hopes, and aspirations of Southland for years to come!

Gary Black
Teaching Development Director


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