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Speaking Over The City

Over the past month of planning the launch of Denver Chapel with our team, Crystal and I have daily grown more and more excited about the calling God has placed on our lives as church planters. One of the most inspiring parts of each morning is our drive from our home in the mountains down to our offices in Denver! Each morning during our commute, we get the opportunity to look over our amazing city as we descend down the hill. I spend each morning praying over the city asking for God to prepare the way for our launch team meetings this August, and our Lone Tree campus this winter. This time of prayer for our city has become a crucial part of each day in helping me to gain perspective on the expansive mission we have before us.

Over the past few years of doing church, it’s become easy to get caught up in the daily grind of church as “work”. Going about my busy schedule each day I can sometimes forget just how much our work is impacting people’s eternities. In recent days, it’s been easy to get caught up in the logistics of raising support, finding buildings, paying bills, and having meetings.

Today, I was with my wife at ADIO Chiropractic for her adjustment. I got to talking with Dr. Mike (our rockstar chiropractor) about the future of our church and God’s calling for us to remember the central motivator for everything we do: which is to reach the lost with the radical message of God’s GRACE! He poured into me some much needed encouragement reminding me how important it is to speak life over our work. Now I know this can sound a little hokey and TV evangelistic, but it really is SO important! When we speak God’s promises over our lives, cities, churches, and ministries we remind ourselves that we have an unstoppable force on our side. Our ministry is making HUGE impact on people’s forevers and it all starts with the way we talk, think, and pray about it in our preparation. As we continue to seek partners in our support, I’m asking anyone who might be reading this to commit daily to speaking life over our future at Denver Chapel. Would you commit to praying for us daily that we would be as effective as possible at reaching the lost across Denver?

If we have a strong team behind and our mission before us. . . I’m convinced we will see God do miraculous things in the lives of the people we impact this year!

I’ll leave you with this a message from someone who was at our Saturday night service this week. These messages are like rocket fuel for my wife and I. We’ll share these things with you so that you can know just what God is doing through your support of our ministry! THANK YOU for partnering with us in changing lives across our city!

 I visited your church this past Saturday evening for the first time, and God really spoke to me through the pastor…I didn’t get his name, but it was as if God was speaking to me through him. I’ve never felt like I belonged or fit in any “church,” until now.

 

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Zeke Thrive

Failure to Thrive

As some of you may know, the last few months have been a bit of a wild ride for our family. Both my wife and my son have been facing some health battles that have lead us to many doctors looking for answers. Going from doctor to doctor had lead us to some answers, but each answer brought about more questions.  This last week we had an appointment for my son at the GI specialist at Children’s Hospital Colorado to try and diagnose what exactly is the cause of his problems. Finally we have found a doctor that is doing what it takes to fix the problem! We were so relieved to have finally received some real answers.  His doctor gave him a  “Failure to Thrive” diagnosis which was caused by the digestive struggles he has had ever since he was hospitalized at 9 months old with an osteomyelitis in his leg. Now that we know what we’re dealing with the process has begun in his healing and recovery. After leaving the appointment Thursday, I was curious to know more about this condition. So I Googled “Failure to Thrive” and read up a little on what we were facing in his recovery. I read several articles on the condition and found something quite interesting about how this diagnosis rings true with many of our spiritual lives.

Most diagnoses of failure to thrive are made in infants and toddlers in the first few years of life — a crucial period of physical and mental development. After birth, a child’s brain grows as much in the first year as it will grow during the rest of life. Poor nutrition during this period can have permanent negative effects on mental development.

Most babies double their birth weight by 4 months and triple it by age 1, but kids with failure to thrive often don’t meet those milestones. Sometimes, a child who starts out “plump” and who shows signs of growing well can begin to fall off in weight gain. After a while, linear (height) growth may slow as well.

If the condition progresses, undernourished kids may:

  • become disinterested in their surroundings
  • avoid eye contact
  • become irritable
  • not reach developmental milestones like sitting up, walking, and talking at the usual age

After reading about this I couldn’t help to start thinking about the correlation I saw between this condition and many of our lives as Christ followers. I think that many in the church struggle with this very thing in a spiritual sense. I know that I have experienced some of these effects in my personal walk. The thing about “Failure to Thrive” is that it is a diagnosis of the symptoms but can have many different causes. In all of our lives we can sometimes feel like we are experiencing these very symptoms. As I’ve had experience in the church over the last 5 years I’ve met many people who have become disinterested in their current state. People at this stage can often times become irritable and easily offended. They have trouble facing up to the community that they have planted themselves in and can easily become disenfranchised and isolated not wanting to “make eye contact” with the very ones who they said would be their support structure.

So what does it look like for us to THRIVE as “children of God”? And how do we get past our failure to thrive as members of God’s family. For my son, his journey will be undergoing some uncomfortable care. We’ve had to take him regularly to the hospital where he has to give blood and undergo tests to find the root problem. This is an uncomfortable process and one that requires him (and us) trusting the doctors and nurses who are giving his care. He is also going on a diet. Not the kind of diet half of America is on to lose a few pounds but one specifically crafted to take on as many calories as possible so that he can gain weight and get the nutrition he needs. This is also an uncomfortable process because when he is often sick he is not pumped about eating ANYTHING!

WOW. The parallel is so eye opening for me! How do we begin to THRIVE again in our lives as Christians? We commit ourselves to community. Which is an uncomfortable position meaning we must “do things we don’t like doing”. Just as Zeke hates to give blood and undergo tests, we must GIVE up things we are holding on to. Things that make us feel safe and comfortable but keep us from undergoing the TESTING God desires us to go through. Realizing that the test will lead to understanding and understanding will lead us to our cure. We must trust those around us who we’ve asked for CARE knowing that we NEED others even when our feelings tell us that we know best. And lastly we must adjust our diet! Realizing that our dissolution comes from not filling ourselves with the spiritual FOOD we have needed. We must become fiercely committed to eating up his word and filling ourselves through time in prayer. If we refuse to “eat” we will continue to feel malnourished and unhappy with our condition. Delving into the word doesn’t always make us “feel good” right away but if we understand the need to eat we will see ourselves once again be able to THRIVE! Let’s end the cycle of underdeveloped Christ followers and this week begin to thrive again as believers! I believe that when we do this as a church we will see it meet the milestones we set out for and most likely we’ll see our churches grow FAR beyond what we would have ever imagined!

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What’s it Worth?!

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As some of you know, over the past few weeks Crystal and I have been on a new adventure raising support for our ministry in Colorado. The transition from a stable position in a local church to pursuing partnership with supporters from around the country has been an interesting one. I mentioned in my original support letter that we were going to be making this move in faith beginning this month. This means that we stepped out in faith before we knew what we’d actually bring in.

What I’m learning from this experience is that if this whole thing is going to work I MUST believe deeply and passionately in the importance of my mission! Anyone who has ever raised support for a new venture or received a letter in the mail or their inbox asking for such support will tell you that the whole thing can be a bit awkward. You’re asking for people with limited resources to give up some of that resource for you. It’s easy to start hedging the ask with timidness and apologizing. It’s easy to start saying people’s “No” for them. I found myself making excuses for people before they even gave me a reply. However something I listened to this week changed my perspective.

I listened to a talk a couple days ago and vigorously took notes as my perspective changed entirely! “What’s it Worth?” the speaker yelled. “What is your dream or idea worth to the world? Is it going to change people’s lives and make an eternal impact?” His challenge was that if it isn’t, then is it really what you should be spending your life doing? And if it is a life changing, world shaking, cause; than be shameless about asking for every penny anyone could possibly give you.

So here’s the conclusion I’ve come to!

Over the past 5 years I’ve seen God move in radical ways through our ministry and now at the crossroads of a new work I am SHAMELESSLY and UNAPOLOGETICALLY asking for you to join with me in helping us bring this message of radical grace to thousands of people! Im asking if you believe in me and the work God has called my family to do. Click the link below and sign up to partner with us monthly! If you don’t…Call me (720-271-2766) anytime night or day and I’ll tell you why it matters more than I can explain in one blog post! If you’re still not convinced I challenge you to pray about what God would have you do. We’re trusting that God is working in our favor and will put the pieces together to bring the dreams he’s put in our heart into reality.

Till next time, I’ll keep asking everyone I can find to join me on this journey!

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The Bow Tie Plan!

Bow Tie PLAN

So! Some of you know that my wife and I are in the process of raising our support for the next 24 months as we pursue planting Denver Chapel (a new Journey Church in the Denver area).

Some of you may also know, that I have a love affair with the hand tied classic bow tie! I have quite a collection and they have become kind of like my trade mark. With this in mind, I began to think how I could use my love of bow ties to help me raise the support for our family.

So here’s the pitch! If you are willing to give $100 or more a month to help support us I will get a custom printed bow tie and commit to wearing it at least once a month! Maybe you’d like it to have the logo from your business or church on it… or maybe just your name or website! Whatever you want, I’m sure I will have all kinds of people ask about it (as my ties always start great conversations). And each one of those people will hear from me how amazing you, your company, or your ministry is!

So there you have it. Buy some advertising on my neck for any gift of $100 per month or more! Check out Crystal and I’s support letter HERE and click the link at the bottom to sign up for your monthly giving.

Let’s Be Partners

Dear Friends and Family,

Over the past 6 years I have been pursuing my passion of full time ministry through the planting and serving on the full time staff of The Journey Church outside of Denver, Colorado. Along the way, I have seen God work in some pretty incredible ways. For those of you who know my story, I’ll spare you the details, but to catch everyone up let me take a minute to share some of the highlights!

When I first arrived in Denver almost seven years ago, I had no plans of planting a church; but as is so often the case, God had other plans. I quickly got involved in a college ministry that became a church plant team in the Rocky Mountains. As a part of that group, I met my wife and found my calling. Planting a church has been an incredible adventure and has given me experience in almost every aspect of church leadership.

An Expanding Vison

Over the past few months, my wife and I have spent a lot of time in prayer seeking God about our future. We have spent weeks talking with the team around us about what our next steps will be.

 We have always felt that the vision God gave us in starting Journey Church was to plant churches across the Denver Metro area and to start a movement that would reach the nation!

However, it all started with planting a church in a rural town outside of Denver high up in the Rocky Mountains. For five years, we have beenbuilding a church in a small community where the majority of the population is unchurched. Planting a church in a small town has been both exciting and challenging, but more than anything it has catalyzed our desire to reach the lost at any cost.

After five years of faithfully serving, we’ve seen God grow our national influence through our story. Our pastor has become a voice to the nations through his books and writing, and we’ve been able to train and fund church planters across the country who are taking a unique approach to local church ministry. Now the time has come for us to plant a new church in the Denver area.

Come fall of this year, we will be starting to gather a team of leaders and volunteers weekly to talk about planting a new church in Lone Tree, CO that will bring the message of God’s radical GRACE to the South Eastern suburbs of Denver. We will be using the teaching, media, and resources from Journey Church to engage this growing and developing part of our beautiful city. We’re calling this new church Denver Chapel!

This is an exciting prospect because of the opportunity we see in one of the fastest growing densely populated suburbs of Denver. Lone Tree (Population 20K) is a vibrant and growing community tucked in between the two large suburban communities of Parker (Population 40K) and Highlands Ranch(Population 40K). With thirty plus new housing developments under construction and the HUGE potential for growth, we believe strongly that this city is ripe for a church like ours to be planted there.

A Partnership for Progress

With Journey Church deeply invested in it’s local community and it’s current operating expenses, our funding for this plant is resting predominately on the partnerships that I can create with those of you reading this letter. My wife and I have trimmed down our personal expenses and have decided to find funding outside of our home church to pay our salary for the next 24 months as we get Denver Chapel off the ground!

As of July, we will not be drawing any salary from Journey Church and are believing that God will provide our salary through likeminded partners like you!So here’s how you can help! Crystal and I are asking that you prayerfully consider partnering with us in this new adventure by committing monthly support for our first 24 months (We’re asking for $50/month per partner if possible).

Along with your financial support, we are hoping that you will partner with us in praying for us daily. If there is one thing that we’ve learned over our last five years as church planters it’s that having a prayer team on our side is necessary for our success as church leaders!

We are believing that this team of partners will be built quickly so that we can focus intently on the task ahead. We will be updating my blog (CortlandCoffey.com) weekly with the latest news on our progress and each of you who partner with us will receive personal email updates from us each week.

Your partnership means we can have a secure salary during this endeavor ensuring we can build a strong foundation for the future of Denver Chapel. We are looking forward to having you by our side as we set off on this adventure and are thankful for each and every one of you who will make it possible!

If you can commit to any monthly support or have other questions please leave a comment, email me at Cortland@DenverChapel.com, or give me a call at 720-271-2766 for details.

Sincerely,

Cortland, Crystal & Zeke Coffey

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