michael larkin

michaellarkin.us by michaellarkin1
November 21, 2008, 6:29 pm
Filed under: Random Goodness

Seems people are still going here…so, just a friendly reminder that we are now at MichaelLarkin.us


best practices (5 of 7) by Michael
September 25, 2008, 12:10 pm
Filed under: Cinema Church, Random Goodness

Time for another one of our best practices.  This one also has to do with money, and the fact that….We talk about money A LOT!

Our first series was all about money.  We found out that the average person in America spends $1.22 for every $1 they earn.  We are beginning to realize that we are entrusted by God with resources.  One day we are going to give an account for how we handled all of the resources that he has entrusted to us.

If you were fortunate to attend Liberty University, or Thomas Road Baptist Church, during the lifetime of Dr. Jerry Falwell then you are well aware of the fact that Dr. Falwell talked frequently all the time about money.  During one of my theology classes this particular issue was brought up by a fellow student.  I will never forget the professors comments.  He said one of the most profound things I have ever heard, “The most spiritual thing a pastor can do is to teach people about giving.”  It has taken a while for this to sink in.  I’m not sure it is the most spiritual thing a pastor can do, but it has to be right up there.

Here is why we talk about giving…

  • Where your treasure is there your heart will be
  • Giving is a very spiritual issue, and if we want to impact people and be the hands and feet of Jesus we cannot afford to ignore any spiritual discipline
  • We are asking many people and churches to come along side and help us launch Cinema Church.  But, we are sacrificing and learning generosity before we ever ask anyone outside our church to give
  • It takes a tremendous amount of money to launch a healthy life-giving church
  • It takes a tremendous amount of people with the right heart to launch and sustain a healthy church.  Trusting God with our finances, and obeying him will help to ensure that our hearts are in line with his
  • God can do far more if we trust him with 90% than we ever could with 100%
  • The average American spends $1.22 for every $1.00 earned.  Most family arguments and divorces come back to one issue…finances
  • If we want to be a church that changes a community, enlarges eternity and brings healing to lives and marriages….we have to talk about money A LOT!

best practices (3 of 7) by Michael
September 22, 2008, 1:08 pm
Filed under: Church Launch Team, Cinema Church, Random Goodness

Another of our best practices is…PRAYER

These are in no particular order, but prayer would be at the top of this list if there was an order.

We don’t just talk about the importance of prayer.  We pray regularly.  In fact, several Cinema Churchers meet Saturday from 8-8:45 a.m. every week to pray for our community, our people and our church.  Yes, you read that right….8 a.m. on Saturday morning!

We have also taken our entire Sunday morning just to pray.  Individuals pray for our church as well.  And we have even walked around our community praying!  That must have looked interesting to some…

We know that this crazy vision is so enormous that if God doesn’t show up and show off we will accomplish nothing.  We also know, and act on the fact, that nothing significant happens apart from prayer.

We are constantly changing.  Our experiences are changing.  Our times are changing.  One thing that has not, and will not change, is that we meet at least once a week, as a group, and pray.  I would encourage any church launches and churches to start praying every single week.  I love that our people give up time to pray for our church and for others inside and outside our church.  It is one of the reasons that Cinema Church is Cinema Church.  Thanks for the many prayers.  God is up to something big and I can’t wait to see how this continues to unfold!

a definite recipe to change our community by Michael
September 11, 2008, 9:42 am
Filed under: Random Goodness

Our church is just beginning, and therefore is relatively small in size (huge in passion and ability, but still small in numbers).  In spite of our smaller size…I am proud to say we have:

  • 6 Macbook Pros
  • 6 Macbooks
  • 1 Powerbook
  • 3 iMacs
  • 4 Mac Minis

Thanks to everyone WITH Cinema Church.  Thanks for seeing things differently!  Thanks for being crazy enought to believe we can change the world!  With all these Macs and all these phenomenal people, I have one thing to say to our community….LOOK OUT!  For those not yet on the Cinema train (or the Mac train) there is still time….jump on board!

You need to read this by Michael
September 7, 2008, 5:50 am
Filed under: Church Launch Team, Cinema Church, Innovative Churches, Random Goodness

Let me start by saying that I have been planted in my current church for over 10 years. I deeply believe in the value of staying in the church that God plants you in rather than just leaving as soon as you get offended. That said, I have lived in a few different cities and have visited quite a few churches in each one when trying to find out where to land. I have seen some wonderful things and I have seen some things that made me want to run for the doors.

These are the things that caused me to run for the door:

Everything was mediocre. Mediocrity has been too prevalent in the church today. Be it marketing, music, teaching, evangelism or anything else, it should be excellent. Just a few hundred years ago the greatest music, paintings, literature, etc. were glorifying God. It offends me that the word “Christian” is used as an adjective that is synonymous with mediocre by some non-Christians. It should not be.


I found that somewhere and wanted to share it.  We, Cinema Church, have to get serious about reaching our financial goals!  THERE IS NO WAY WE CAN BE A PART OF, OR CONTRIBUTE TO, PEOPLE ASSOCIATING MEDIOCRITY WITH THE LOCAL CHURCH!

Let’s do this.  Let’s “sacrifice”.  Let’s be a church that changes the way people view church!  It starts with us.

People drive me crazy by Michael
August 29, 2008, 5:45 pm
Filed under: Random Goodness

One of the most difficult things about church planting is… PEOPLE.  It’s not that I don’t like people.  In all actuality it is probably that I like people too much.  Probably at times more than they like themselves.  Here they are living in sin (and enjoying it for a season) and I’m the one who is miserable!  What’s up with that?

At times I am absolutely inconsolably miserable.  There are many nights that I just can’t sleep.  I know some people are missing out on God’s divine destiny for their lives and that just kills me.  Sometimes this pain is too much to bear.

What do I do?  Probably a better question, what can you do when there is a pain too much to bear?

The simple answer is SHIFT OUR FOCUS!

Here is what I try to do:

When people are disloyal (nothing keeps me up more than this)…I focus on those who are incredibly loyal.

When people lack commitment…I focus on those with the courage to act on the belief that a life surrendered to God can change the world.

When I’m having a bad day )for whatever reason)…I focus on all of the amazing things that God has given me and my family.

I am in no way saying this is easy.  Sometimes I am up several days in a row literally breaking inside over the people who are missing God’s divine destiny for their lives.  It doesn’t take the pain completely away.  But, if we SHIFT OUR FOCUS we will realize how truly blessed we are.  Sometimes this can help get us through some of the pains on this side of eternity.

from out of no where by Michael
August 28, 2008, 7:00 pm
Filed under: church launch, Innovative Churches, Random Goodness

Today God has answered a huge prayer request!

We have several ridiculous things that we have been courageously asking God for.

One of the things we are desperately in need of is office space.  I know it doesn’t sound like much, but to get people more involved, and to be more organized, an office space is crucial.  A huge mentor of mine recently told me that an office space was what took his leadership and church to a whole new level.  Since that meeting we have been praying even harder for our own office space.  BUT not just for any office space.  We have been praying a huge prayer, and asking God to give us an office space… for FREE!

Today, I went over to East Hampton Bible Church…to look at our new office space.  SERIOUSLY!  What an amazing church with a Kingdom vision.  They have designated a room and given it to Cinema Church.  I am blown away at the generosity of this church.  It is clear that God’s hand is all over this church, and it is obvious why.  They have a huge heart for people, the church, and the Kingdom.  East Hampton Bible has also just recently announced that they are selling their property and going portable to reach more people.  That is crazy courage!

A huge thanks from Cinema Church to East Hampton Bible for their generosity, Kingdom mindedness, and courage.  And a special thanks to all of you who have been giving up part of your Saturday morning to meet and pray audacious prayers.

It is awesome to be on this journey WITH you.  I can’t wait to see how God continues to work in and through you.  I love our church and how God is moving.  I also love that God is working in the Central Connecticut area.  We have recently found two churches that I would, without hesitation, recommend to anyone currently looking for a church:  East Hampton Bible and Calvary Fellowship.  Thanks for leading the way and we hope to partner with you soon to help change Connecticut.