“For 31 weeks this year we’ll use The Story as a tool to drive home different messages and Biblical themes,” Senior Pastor Dave Stone said.
Grand Rapids, MI (PRWEB) February 03, 2012
Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Ky., launches a year-long, church-wide study of Zondervan’s book The Story February 4 and 5, 2012, during its weekend services.
Senior Pastor Dave Stone and Teaching Pastor Kyle Idleman will teach from a different chapter of The Story every week. There will be a few weeks throughout the year that Southeast breaks from The Story — Easter, a few weeks in the summer, and Christmas. With three regional campuses, incorporating The Story in all of Southeast’s programs is no small task.
“For 31 weeks this year we’ll use The Story as a tool to drive home different messages and Biblical themes,” Stone said. “Kyle [Idleman] or I will teach on one chapter of The Story each week. And then in your Weekend Group, your Community Group, your Men’s Group, your Women’s Group, you will continue that discussion and that application of each week’s chapter. And even our Children’s Ministry and Student Ministry are in on the play.”
From staging in weekend worship to the children’s lessons to weekly devotionals in The Southeast Outlook newspaper, The Story will be included in many facets of the church this year.
“We’re excited that our entire church family is going to be threaded together by the same Bible story each week,” Stone said. “I think this will be an enlightening and exciting journey for our entire church. I can’t wait.”
Attendees will receive a different perspective on the weekly chapter of The Story depending on the group they may attend throughout the week. However, one thing’s for sure: Attendees will leave their groups feeling closer to one another and, most importantly, God’s Word.
“I’m also excited that our groups and classes of all age levels will also be going through The Story because it will unite us as a church around our anchor—God’s Word,” Idleman said.
In June 2012 Southeast will celebrate its 50th anniversary as a church. To commemorate, Zondervan printed a special edition of the The Story to recognize the church’s milestone, which is available at Southeast’s bookstore The Living Word.
“What better way to celebrate than to reaffirm our commitment to God’s Word for the next 50 years,” Idleman said. “That’s the foundation the church was built on, and it will continue to be the foundation we stand on.”
“The Story has become an international movement and Southeast Christian Church caught the vision to utilize The Story to engage and ignite their entire congregation— ages 1 to 100,” says Bob Rogers, Vice President, Direct Marketing & Sales. Zondervan is honored to be partnering with Southeast Christian Church as they experience The Story.”
Outreach Magazine listed Southeast Christian Church as the fourth largest church in America in 2011 with an average weekly attendance of more than 20,000. Southeast began in 1962 with 53 members. For more information about Southeast Christian Church, visit their website: http://www.SoutheastChristian.org
Like The Story at facebook.com/SpeakTheStory, follow The Story on Twitter at @TheStorylives and share experiences using the hashtag, #TheStory. For more information on The Story, please visit TheStory.com.
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