John Markum

Learn and Return

When I said “yes!” to God’s calling me to plant LifeCity Church, there were a few things that I knew that included. The whole driving force behind me sensing God’s call to church planting was directly connected with my passion for reaching my own generation, and that coming up after me. This past Sunday, I shared in detail some of those plans – and yes, dreams – for our future, and what I am praying God will enable us to do in the years to come. Much of this we’re already beginning here and now!

  1. Develop our Pastoral Advisory Team – The top body of lay leadership within our church that will serve as our officers and board of directors for all our business affairs, but who also is responsible to and for our lead pastor (me, for the foreseeable future), his well being, and that of his family, as well as his fitness to serve.
  2. Expand our Ministry Leadership Team – Right now, we have an amazing body of men and women who have been serving LifeCity Church in the direct overseeing of our various ministries. We will continue to develop these leaders, and expand this group as the breadth and spiritual maturity of our church continues to increase.
  3. Refine our discipleship process – We’re piloting a resource that we anticipate becoming the primary avenue through which we make disciples at LifeCity Church. This will be an improving and expanding of our LifeGroups system.
  4. College Interns – Beginning to train the next generation of church leaders preparing for vocational ministry. (potentially, summer 2017!).
  5. Preaching workshop – This summer, I plan to offer a workshop, available to any of our members, who would like to be taught how to teach/preach the Bible, including getting an opportunity to write and deliver their own messages.
  6. Leadership Residencies – Taking up to an entire calendar year to train up and send out future planters, pastors, and missionaries. (potentially, fall 2018).
  7. Increase Support – LifeCity already contributes financially to the work of three ministries. This year, we plan to expand this ministry to supporting other missionaries, planters, and ministries who are joining us in the harvest. We intend on growing to the point where we eventually tithe back to other works , church plants, and missions efforts from our own church.

So this is it! Our structure for leadership, raising more leaders, and sending out the work of the gospel from our church, across the Bay, and around the world. We can’t do it alone! We have to come together as a church family, pray in faith, and continue serving God to see this happen. But as we’ve consistently taught at LifeCity – nothing worthwhile is ever easy, but nothing is too hard for God. Let’s see what God can do through us!

Pastor John

Commitment Covenant

CommitmentDuring our I Love My Church! series, I’ve challenged our people to sign a commitment covenant. Other churches have similar documents, and the point is simply for everyone who calls LifeCity their church home to know what that actually means. I’ve decided to share the content of that here on my blog:

Believing that God has brought me to this body of believers for this time and purpose, and having decided to follow Jesus wherever He may lead me, I commit to CONNECT with this church family for worship together, GROW in relationships and discipleship through a LifeGroup, SERVE in a ministry team to better and broaden the reach of our church, and GO to others with the invitation to find and follow Jesus. 

I will pray for my church to grow ever closer in our walk with God, my pastor and his family to lead with confidence and integrity, and my community to see Jesus in me.

I believe God has called us to a future together, and that nothing worthwhile is ever easy. Trusting God’s calling, I commit to being part of what He is doing to work through LifeCity to that future. 

This is my commitment. And I believe the best is yet to come!

Many have signed the covenant already and next Sunday is the last Sunday of our ILMC series. God has already used this in profound ways to connect our church together over our mission. This Sunday’s message will be available online soon, and is the heart behind the whole series. To all our LifeCity peeps, it’s a joy and honor to be your pastor! Thank you for uniting with us to see many people fully experience life in Christ.

Pastor John

Don’t Come to LifeCity Church if…

  1. dont come if...You hate good music. Because we have great music at our church! Our worship team works hard to lead our attenders in uplifting, encouraging, and exciting worship music. Don’t know the lyrics? We put the words on a screen for all to follow along or sing with them as they choose.
  2. You’re perfect. We are a people that would rather be honest about our weaknesses than fake about our strengths. At our church, you don’t have to act “churchy”. Besides if you’re perfect, you probably wouldn’t fit in with us! But if you know you don’t have it all together, and especially if you’re looking for a little hope – welcome!
  3. You don’t want to grow. We believe that God accepts everyone just the way they are – but that He loves each of us too much to leave us that way! When you leave LifeCity Church, we hope you’re glad you came, and that you feel like God has grown you personally in some way.
  4. You only want to take up a seat. It’s ok to come and check out our church… but if you want LifeCity to be your church home, we want you to get involved! We love our community and believe in a big God that wants to touch everyone’s life. So feel free to sit through, see what we’re like, and explore your faith. But if you want to get connected, be ready to make a difference!

LifeCity Church meets every Sunday, 10:30am, at Santa Clara High School in Santa Clara, CA. And yes, we’d love it if you checked us out this Sunday!

Pastor John

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