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the 300 project video by Michael
July 6, 2008, 8:04 pm
Filed under: church launch, Church Launch Team, Creative, Videos

In case you missed it, this was unveiled at Cinema Church Sunday morning…

If you would like to join us, there is more info available HERE.


about stinkin time by Michael
July 1, 2008, 8:55 am
Filed under: church launch, Church Launch Team, Cinema Church, Creative

The website for Cinema Church is finally ready for the world to see!

Before you check it out I’d like to share a little info with you.  Some of you may go crazy because of all the information on the Cinema Church site.  I know it’s driving me crazy too.  So, why don’t I change it?  Because this website is designed FOR THOSE WHO WOULD CONSIDER JOINING THE CINEMA CHURCH TEAM or GIVING TO THE LAUNCH OF CINEMA CHURCH.  I am thinking that if someone is interested in partnering with Cinema Church in any way you would probably like as much information as possible.

Have no fear, when our church gets closer to launching the website will be designed for those who are not yet followers of Christ, and for those who are wondering about visiting Cinema Church for the first time.  Until then here is our website Cinema Church.us

The ABOUT US page contains a ton of information.  That page will hopefully encourage you to join Cinema Church on our mission to see Connecticut changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Thanks for checking the site out!

Revolution church by Michael

My mind is still spinning from last weeks adventure to Georgia.  If you haven’t been reading our blog we went to Georgia to be assessed by ARC (more on that later).  The whole assessment was a VERY stressful event.  There was one thing that I was extremely excited about.  We decided to go to Georgia early so that we could visit Revolution Church in Canton Georgia!  They did not disappoint.  In fact, it may become a requirement of anyone planning to help lead Cinema Church to take the 1200 mile trip from Connecticut to Canton to check out Revolution Church!  Yeah, it was that good!

Things that I loved about Revolution Church:

  • Gary Lamb.  While he did not speak (bummer was looking forward to that…the fill-in was OK 🙂 ), he did share his vision for a community project that he and another church are directly involved with.  It is no wonder why God’s hand is all over this church.  This dude is the real deal!  I am really hoping to connect with him big time.
  • They meet in a movie theater!  Quite possibly the best church currently meeting in a movie theater.  I loved everything they did, and how they utilized a theater to its full potential.
  • I love how involved they are in the community, and how fully focused they are on targeting those far from God.  There may be no church in America that is so focused on reaching people.
  • They had a ton of signs outside and inside.  I believe you can never have too many signs directing people and helping people feel more comfortable.  They did a good job with this.
  • I really loved how they had the hallway leading to the children’s environments well lit up.  This is probably the biggest obstacle to being in a theater.  I am probably going to copy exactly what they did to bring light to the walkway leading to the children’s environments.
  • Loved their check in process.  A really friendly lady walked us to each area that we needed to go.  And, maybe most important to us was the “security guard” making sure no one went into the kids area if they didn’t have a child to pick up.  Cannot say enough about how that makes parents feel.
  • Loved the ushers with lights helping people find their seats.  Again huge in a dark movie theater setting.
  • Their worship space was out of this world.  Again a ton of things that we are just going to copy.  I liked the truss holding projectors and lights.  Awesome idea.  The stage was simple but at the same time very cool.
  • I loved what they did with lighting.  We are going to have to find a way to connect with their lighting people and learn a ton from them.  Definite road trip for all those planning to be involved in our lighting.
  • The band sounded great together.  Loved how the people were crazy worshiping God.  Just another great side effect from seeing people give their lives to Christ and not reaching out and targeting casual Christians.
  • Love that this freak and his team were given iPhones.  How the crap did he pull that off?  We definitely need to connect cause I gotta know how to make that happen!

Additional photos of Revolution Church.

Some photos of other churches we have visited.

this is awesome! by Michael
May 22, 2008, 5:31 pm
Filed under: church launch, Church Launch Team, Creative, Innovative Churches

Watch this it gets really good!!!

part 2

just in by Michael
May 22, 2008, 3:29 pm
Filed under: Church Launch Team, Creative, Random Goodness

Just got these…bring your money to LP Friday and get yours while they last!

Apple people vs PC people by Michael
May 22, 2008, 5:57 am
Filed under: Apple, Creative

Have you ever noticed that Apple fans are cult like in their following of all things Apple. All of them are drunk on the kool-aid. If you own anything Apple you are like the biggest Apple fan ever. They are just crazy people these Mac fans are. I think that Apple fans have a unique DNA make up or something. They are just wired different. They just do things different. There is something special about these freaks…

Here’s to the crazy ones.
The misfits.
The rebels.
The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.
They’re not fond of rules
And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can praise them, quote them, disagree with them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing that you can’t do is ignore them.
Because they change things.
They invent. They imagine. They heal.
They explore. They create. They inspire.
They push the human race forward.
Maybe they have to be crazy.
How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art?
Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written?
Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?
We make tools for these kinds of people.
While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Apple Computer Commercial in 1997

I’m glad I’m on this side of the fence! And yes, I am not only drunk on the kool-aid I got plenty for you if you want some too!

Will Connecticut ever change? by Michael

If you follow this blog at all then you know that I really believe that the answer is YES!

I had lunch this week with the pastor who planted THIS church under 3 years ago. I love hanging out with him. I love to hear about what God is doing in his life and in his church. We visited his church for one of their Easter services this year. Somehow they had like 250 people at the two services. They did all of that miraculously in under 3 years, with 1 staff member, and NO band! Wild stuff.

I love hanging out with people like this. People who firmly believe, and act on the belief, that God is beginning something wild in this crazy state. Actually, we talked about setting up a CT Pastors Roundtable Gathering. One thing that CT is desperately missing is a network of like minded pastors who can meet together to encourage, increase vision, and learn from each other. I can’t wait until this becomes a reality!

I can’t wait to meet with pastors (FROM THIS STATE!!!) who believe that God isn’t limited in Connecticut. Who believe that the God of the South is also the God of New England. Who refuse to issue comments like “No, that can’t be done” or “No, that just won’t work here.” Who are on the cutting edge of ministry. Who believe that God will do His part when we do our part. Who love to act on ideas and not just comment and dream about ideas. I cant wait until this pastors group is a reality.

Our state is going to change! Are you on board and ready to be a part of something bigger than anyone could ever imagine?