Category Archive: multisite churches

An Easter to Remember!

Hey Friends,

It is Monday morning and I just put my journal and Bible down, and I am overwhelmed at the goodness of God. His favor, grace, mercy, and presence are awesome! I feel like the most blessed pastor in the world. I feel like God’s most favorite servant. 30 years ago this month I was rescued by Jesus and He has not ceased blessing me for even one day. Thank You Lord for you indescribable gifts.

Well this past weekend was an Easter to Remember! We had almost 7700 in attendance in 14 services in 5 locations. What is even cooler than the record attendance is the fact that people walked out of the prison cell of sin every service. How cool it that?

We launched our new North Knox Campus with 1208 in attendance! Another Eph. 3:20 answer to prayer:

“Exceedingly abundantly above all you can ask or imagine…”

As I write these miracles down I am blown away about our future and the favor of God falling on us and setting the captives free. How many will walk out of their prison cells of sin? 1000s and even more. God’s hand is on Faith Promise in an unusual way and we are grateful. I received emails and notes yesterday from some of the core at North Knox. Many wept as they had to give up their seats for new souls. Faith Promise has the heart to win the lost.

I wanted to say thank you to all the staff, volunteers, and core team that worked so hard to make this weekend a success. My son Micah who had the idea to film a movie and so many that invited lost friends and family. Faith Promise truly is a team and a family after the heart of God.

This weekend we start a new series called Road Trip! The topic is how to walk into your promised land purchased by the blood of Jesus. Help me get the word out so no one misses the start of the new series.

To God be the glory great things He has done!

Love ya,

Pastor Chris

 

Multisite Strategy is a Miracle at Work!

 

Hey Friends,

I pray your ministry is rocking as there has never been a better day to serve Jesus and to build His Kingdom. This past weekend I went to our Blount County Campus. I was blown out of the water by how God is moving. Two weeks ago we had over 700 in attendance on that campus alone. Many have been saved and so many are serving the Lord faithfully there.

I have to tell you what happened in the lobby. I was there greeting people as they were arriving for Worship. One lady saw me and she lit up like a Christmas tree. She walked over to me and Chuck Carringer and said: “YOU are my Pastor and I love you. I tell all my friends and family that Faith Promise is the best church and you’re the best Pastor. I put it on facebook every week how God moves here. And oh yes, it’s great to MEET YOU.”

I was floored! You cannot tell me God can’t use a video message. He can! Our God is not limited. That happens multiple times whenever I visit another one of our campuses. God is still at work.

Let me share with you a second thing that I witnessed there at the Blount County Campus: Honor! This past weekend while I was there we had to deal with a very delicate situation. We had covered it with prayer and went and shared with the church. I was shell-shocked with the honor that was given the leadership. This is so rare today!

Remember, this is a campus I seldom travel to and yet in the midst of a mess they showed great honor to me and the senior leadership at Faith Promise. I just basked in the goodness and favor of God, and the awesome attitude of the Blount County Saints. God is truly at work.

Our God is not dead, not asleep, He is not on a journey or retired, but He is on the Throne of the universe and He is still working miracles and transforming lives!

On Easter we will launch our fifth campus. It will be in North Knoxville and will meet in the Expo Center on Clinton Hwy. I believe God will do it again and hundreds and even thousands of lives will never be the same. We serve a mighty God!

Thanks, Blount County and Pastor Wayne Burress. Keep rocking for Jesus!

Love ya,

Pastor Chris

 

Faith Promise Launch of UT Campus – Victory!

Hey Friends,

Thank you so much for praying and for inviting college students to the first church meeting every Sunday on the University of Tennessee campus! We had 250 there for the first service, and we are thrilled.

Students will be saved! 

Christs’ Community will be built!

Jesus will be exalted to a new level!

Thank you Faith Promise for you vision and sacrifice to give the gospel in new and fresh ways. I am so grateful to God that I get to lead this amazing church. I have never been more excited about the future and how God will use us to save souls and make it hard to go to hell from East Tennessee! You played a part, and you should be proud of your church.

Pray for the students to invite friends to this weekend’s service at 11:30 in the Alumni Memorial Building.

Pray for Pastor Josh and his team as they work tirelessly to impact UT for Jesus.

Pray for the lost to be open for an invitation.

Pray for revival to rock the campus.

Check out this article that was on the front page of the UT Daily Beacon.

These are difficult times in many ways all over the world, and Jesus may be coming back soon. We only have now to preach and witness of the  love and grace of Jesus. He said: “Let us work while it is day for night comes when no man can work.” I never cease to be amazed that Jesus would use us!

I want to be used. Do you? Time to get into the game.

See ya this weekend as we bring back honor in our series: Debt of Honor

Love ya,

Pastor Chris

 

Church On UT Campus, WHY?

Hey Friends,

I hope by now you have seen the last blog and viewed the picture of the  “Painted Rock”. I couldn’t be more proud of our UT launch team lead by Josh Whitehead our Executive Pastor.

 But, why put a Church on the campus.

That has never been done at UT and for a few exceptions it has not been done across our great nation! Let me attempt to shed some light on our reasoning.

Jesus left us with a Great Commission and the Great Commandment! He gave us great leeway on how to accomplish His mission on winning the lost and discipling them. It seems to me that we are now reading the Bible backwards. We read the Bible with the prism of our past experience and how we have done Church in the last century. I promise you, if you could get into a time machine and go back to the first century and visit a few of the Churches they would look nothing like what you see today. If you buy into this as a possibility, then you can read the Bible with fresh eyes and new possibilities.

Our Commission is to “Make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you…”

Nowhere do I see commanded a red brick building and a steeple. Not that there is anything wrong with the buildings. The Key is His commission not our Church culture.

The Apostle Paul did different things in different cities in an attempt to win the lost and plant life giving Churches everywhere he went. You find him at the lake, under a tree, in a rented building, in homes, Synagogues, and where ever he could meet.

Now think, UT has 30,000 plus students. That is bigger than most towns and cities around us. Oak Ridge has 27,000 people and multitude of Churches. UT has more people and NO Church. How many students are lost and trapped on the campus every Sunday and without transportation to attend a Church even if they wanted to? Imagine the possibilities of salvations, transformations, missions, and Christs’ Church expanding there where the next evolution of culture is created.

Instead of cursing the darkness, we are called to carry the light to the darkness. Jesus never said build a building and wait for the lost to show up. Building are a necessity but the Gospel comes first.

Pray with me for God to explode in revival on the new UT FP campus. Christians, Churches, and Campus Ministries are here to complete each other not to compete with each other. As Christ followers we are better together!

Just a thought.

Love ya,

Pastor Chris

P.S. I hope we win at football this weekend over Gorgia, but I pray we win for the Father even more.

 

Faith Promise Hits the University of Tennessee!

 

Hey Friends,

This Sunday is the day! Launching our forth campus! This one will be at the University of Tennessee. How cool is that? It will be in the Alumni Memorial Building at 11:30 a.m. and I could not be more excited. This is a dream come true for FPC. We are trying to make it hard to go to hell from East Tennessee. How can we do that in East Tennessee and omit UT? I’m thinking there will be orange in heaven!

This Sunday, our church will be on campus. Imagine how many students are trapped on campus with no way to get to church and how many lost kids there are there. Think of the international students there and the possibilities of getting the gospel around the world from UT. The possibilities are limitless. Think of how many lives and families, even in the future, will be impacted because of a church on campus accessible to the 30,000 students there.

There are so many great student ministries on campus and we are there to be a part of the greater vision of God to change lives.

Pray with us!

Help get the word out!

If you know students at UT then call them and let them know about this weekend.

Imagine the souls snatched out of hell and placed into heaven.

You ask, “Pastor Chris, why put a church on campus? That’s not how it has been done.” You are so right. Let me ask us a question: Is how it has been done, getting it done? Not really! We have to be able to change methods while NEVER changing the message of Jesus and the Bible. Our mission is clear in Mt. 28:19-20 and Acts 1:8, but the way we carry it out is not clear. We are to contextualize the methods while preaching the same gospel.

I bet that the churches of the 1st century looked nothing like our churches today! Our job is to get the gospel out and win as many as we can. At Faith Promise we have chosen to jettison some of the junk that no longer works for that which will work in winning the lost. Our mission is not to defend tradition but to fight the devil for the souls headed to hell. Choose carefully which hill you are willing to die on.

Together we can make a difference.

Love ya,

Pastor Chris

 

Giving God A First Fruit Offering – 350 People

Hey Friends,

This weekend at FPC is huge. It is so critical to our overall strategy and vision, I can’t overestimate the importance of this weekend. As many of you know, we at FPC are launching another campus this year. It will be our Blount County Campus.

We unveiled the plan last weekend and this weekend we are asking for 350 missionaries to help launch the location. Since we are running about 3,500 in worship, I thought we should offer to the Lord a FIRST FRUIT OFFERING of 10% of our family. If we can send 350 from our Pellissippi campus as an offering to our Lord I believe it would please Him greatly.

Over and over in the Bible it talks about bringing a First Fruit offering. As a matter of fact, God required the First Fruit of almost every kind. This is just another extension. God comes first and let’s give Him 10% of our family to help us reach more souls for the Savior.

Sound crazy? Not as crazy as one church and many locations. God has led us to start many other sites in the seven-county area to reach the 354,000 lost and separated from Him. Why us? Because when He moves, no one else will get the credit. We are like Gideon’s army and God wants to use us to change the way many do church.

Please pray for this weekend! I am fasting and praying for God to call at least 10% – His First Fruits for His Kingdom. Are you in?

Remember, “Whatever He says for you to do, do it.”

What is He calling you to do that may sound crazy? Follow Him and you can’t lose.

Yours to count on,

Pastor Chris