Jan
04

RESILIENCE – MY ONE WORD

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It’s the beginning of a NEW YEAR, and it’s been OVER a year since my last post. I’m not promising that I will do much better this year, but I will do my best as I have so much to share about what God is doing in my life and through Restoration Church.

I want to start off the year by sharing my resolution one word. That’s right, no specific resolutions this year that I most likely won’t keep anyways, but I will be focusing on ONE WORD that God has given me.

Check out myoneword.org for more info on this whole idea.

Basically, the concept is PRAYING about the ONE WORD that God wants you to FOCUS on throughout the year. Something that you may need to GROW in, or perhaps you will be facing, etc…

So instead of many resolutions, you are allowing God to guide you through His Word and the ONE WORD that He is speaking to you.

After praying and seeking God about MY ONE WORD, I believe He has called me to focus on RESILIENCE. Adapting to adversity. Resilience is the ability to roll with the punches.

I believe that as we get close to wrapping up our first year of church planting, we are going to need RESILIENCE. As we seek to better reach our community, we are going to need RESILIENCE. As I strive to be a better husband, daddy, pastor, and leader, I’m going to need RESILIENCE.

It’s about “rolling with the punches” and trusting God to get you through.

Here are some CHARACTERISTICS of RESILIENCE:
1. Internal focus of control
2. Strong self-esteem, self-efficiency
3. Have personal goals
4. Sense of meaningfulness
5. Can us past successes to confront current challenges
6. Can view stress as a challenge/way to get stronger
7. Use humor, patience, tolerance, and optimism
8. Can adapt to change
9. Action-orientated approach
10. Have strong relationships and ask for help
11. Have FAITH

I’m looking FORWARD to my ONE WORD and what God is going to TEACH me through it.

What’s Your One Word?

Sep
15

BIG PRAYER CIRCLES

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I’m currently reading “The Circle Maker” by Mark Batterson in which he asks the question “How BIG is your God?”. The book looks at our everyday prayer life and challenges us to PRAY BIG because we serve an even BIGGER GOD.

In fact, he states that the size of our prayer demonstrates our view of God. If we PRAY BIG, we believe in a BIG GOD, if we pray small… well, you get the idea. The thought behind every thing is that “God honors BOLD prayers because BOLD prayers honor God.” So, what is your view of God? What is your prayer life like? What are you actively “circling” in prayer?

I want to share with you ONE BIG CIRCLE that we are praying for as we look for a place to meet in Monticello, NY. We are praying a BOLD CIRCLE around the old Broadway Theatre located in the heart of the village. This building was once a vivid part of the community. The theatre is a little over 10,000 square feet and was able to hold 1,000 people in it’s auditorium.

Our vision for this building is to RESTORE it back into an active building within the community. A place where Restoration Church could hold weekly services and a place we could use to give back to the community.

It’s going to take a miracle to make this happen. A lot of money would need to be raised and an even more amount of work would need to be done! Realistically it doesn’t make sense, but this is where we have drawn our circle. We are praying for this building. We are praying for this community.

Mark this down: On Monday, September 15, 2014 we have publicly declared that we are praying for Broadway Theatre in Monticello. I am personally looking forward to see how God answers this prayer, knowing that it’s going to take a GOD-SIZED miracle to match this GOD-SIZED vision.

Will you please pray with us?

Sep
04

GOD SIZED DREAMS

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As we are in the process of launching Restoration Church in Monticello, NY; we are already praying about the next area where God wants us to start a church.

Sounds a little CRAZY, doesn’t it? I mean, we don’t even have a location to meet in Monticello, yet are already praying and seeking God’s direction on where He wants us to go next! God has not just given us a heart for the community of Monticello, but for the entire Sullivan County area and beyond!

This goes WAY ABOVE our own abilities and resources, but that’s a good thing… actually, that’s a GOD THING. See, if we just tried to accomplish things that are obtainable within our own abilities and resources, it really wouldn’t be a GOD-SIZED vision, it would just be an okay plan. God ALWAYS has BIGGER dreams for us. Dreams that are so far fetch and out of our reach that it truly has to be ACCOMPLISHED through HIM!

So DREAMING BIG is good, but TRUSTING and RELYING on God will allow you to experience the BIGGEST DREAMS of all!

Monticello is just the beginning…

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish INFINITELY MORE than we might ask or think. – Ephesians 3:20 NLT

Aug
25

BEARDS, BOOKS, & CHURCH PLANTING

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What does Beards, Books, and Church Planting have in common? Well, all of them are an investment of time, require patience to see through, and have something to do with WISDOM (making you look wiser, giving you wisdom, or requiring more wisdom).

So as we embark at the beginning stages of launching Restoration Church, I want to grow wiser while looking the part as well! Haha… no, it’s not a requirement to grow a beard to start a church, but maybe it should be!

The great evangelist, Charles Spurgeon, is quoted as saying “Growing a beard is a habit most natural, scriptural, manly, and beneficial”. Growing a beard is similar in the process that we will be facing when starting a church. It’s going to take time to grow, there will be naysayers in the process, there will be times where trimming becomes necessary, patience is key, and God is ultimately in CONTROL of the growth!

So during our first year of church planting, I will be growing out my beard. There will be times when I will be tempted to just shave it off, just as there will be times I’m sure where I will have doubts if I’m really suppose to be doing this church planting thing. The key as stated before is patience, letting God do the GROWING as we simply take care of what He provides.

Please don’t take this in the wrong way, I’m am no way comparing the IMPORTANCE & URGENCY of preaching the Gospel with that of growing a beard. But, there are similarities, as with anything that has beginnings and starts to grow. Plus, I’m thinking of the conversations that the beard will create. Like for instance: “Dude, are you trying out for a role on Duck Dynasty or something?” Which my response will be something like, “Duck Dynasty? nah, I’m just trying to be more like Jesus, grow a beard, and start a church… want to know more?”. Yea, so I’m thinking it will go something like that… just imagine, a great BEARDED revival!

Oh, and where does books play a part in all this? Well, the great Dr. Seuss states: “The MORE that you READ, the more THINGS you will KNOW. The MORE you LEARN, the more PLACES you’ll GO!”. It’s true, we need to be constant learners, the more we read the WISER we get!

With that said, I’m putting this out there… every month I’m challenging myself to read at least 1 book (besides the Bible of course… thank you Sunday School teachers for your concern) that will help me grow WISER in the area of Church Planting. If I don’t read at least 1 book by the end of the month, the beard will be gone. Hey, If I’m going to look wiser with an incredible beard, I need to actually be wiser. When it comes to starting a church, I will need ALL the WISDOM that I can get!

So, please hold me accountable to this!

Also please PRAY for us, the community of Monticello, and Restoration Church.

Oh, if you haven’t already, you can become one of our prayer warriors at RestorationChurchNY.com

Go BEARD or Go HOME

Jun
02

RESTORATION CHURCH | REACH

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As we get ready to launch RESTORATION CHURCH – MONTICELLO, we are burdened to REACH into the COMMUNITY. In fact, God has laid it on our hearts that EVERYTHING we do should be COMMUNITY focused.

We want the COMMUNITY to know that they are LOVED. So, from our very beginnings as a CHURCH, we want our FINGERPRINT to show God’s LOVE in everything we do. The old saying reigns TRUE “They don’t CARE how much we KNOW until they KNOW how much we CARE”.

We want to be a CHURCH that is KNOWN for LOVING and SERVING the COMMUNITY. What this looks like practically is that no MATTER what we do, we will be serving the community. If we are raising money for a project, we will give some of the proceeds to a local community outreach. If we have a church picnic, we will collect food for a local shelter. If we have a Christmas party, we will collect unwrapped gifts for local families. If we have a building program, we will also build a community playground.

We also want to do more than just GIVE, we want to get INVOLVE and INVEST into our community. This will be the FINGERPRINT of RESTORATION CHURCH, we will be a CHURCH that is known for it’s LOVE… GOD’s LOVE.

Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples” – John 13:35 NLT

May
08

#BABYNEXT – LATE INTRODUCTION

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Okay, so I’m a tad late on the official introduction (okay, so I’m like 4 weeks late…). But, I just wanted everyone to meet the latest addition to the Switzer Family!

Meet, Francesca Adonai-Hope, she was born on April 8 weighing it at 7lb 7oz and standing at a height of 19.5in. (You may or may not care about the measurements, but this gives me a place to record them for future reference….)

She’s beautiful and a total gift from God! We are very thankful for our little Francesca!

Jan
07

THE FUTURE IS HERE

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TWENTY-FOURTEEN is here! As the NEW YEAR begins it is a good time to sit down and write out some goals/resolutions/plans for the next 12 months.

I must say that I’m P-U-M-P-E-D about what God has in store for 2014! First the Switzer family will be growing with #BabyNext due in April and then we will be launching RESTORATION CHURCH in Monticello, NY in the fall!

I also have a few “RESOLUTIONS” that I would like to work on as well.

- to be HEALTHIER and lose 15-20 pounds
- to READ at least 1 book a month (focusing on Spiritual Growth, Church Planting, and Leadership)
- to participate (and survive) in at least 1 mud run type of event (looking to do the Spartan Race in May)
- to become a better PRAYER warrior
- to be INVOLVED more in the community
- to be a better LEADER for my family
- to be OPEN to anything God has in store

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

Nov
12

PRAYER WARRIORS NEEDED!

We need PRAYER WARRIORS to join us by our side as we follow God’s leading in our lives to start a church! If you are willing to COMMIT to praying for us and RESTORATION CHURCH, please SIGN UP and let us know!

We will be sending updates via email of specific PRAYER REQUESTS and NEEDS.

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Oct
29

MOMS AT WORK

A few years ago when our son, [R]uebin, was born, my wife and I made a decision for her to be a stay at home mommy. Financially, this wasn’t an easy decision, but we both knew this was what God wanted us to do. Pam had a burning to desire to be a mom, and I wanted my son to be raised by her.

Now we have 2 kids (and another on the way!) at home with mommy. Financially speaking, it still doesn’t make sense sometimes. When we look at what my salary is (or it might be better to say what it “isn’t”.. ha ha ), the numbers don’t add up. However, we have seen God PROVIDE over and over again!

So, our income is less than when Pam and I were both working. We have more mouths to feed, clothes to buy, and other financial costs that come with having kids (like diapers, which are apparently made out of Gold). But, to be honest, we are better off financially now than when we didn’t have kids. Again, the math doesn’t add up. However, that’s our math. When we start applying God’s math, it works a lot differently than our math.

Having my wife stay at home is/was more than just a financial decision though. It really had to do with what we believe God WANTED US to do. I couldn’t think of anyone else I would want to be raising my kids while I’m at work. It’s an AWESOME feeling to know that my children are being influenced and raised by such a Godly lady each and every day!

Now, don’t get me wrong, this is what God wanted US to do. This might not be the case for you. Perhaps, you are a single mom, or in a situation where both parents have to work. I understand everyone is different, and you have to do what you believe is best for you family. However, I know that the SACRIFICE is well worth it, and we just need to TRUST God to provide!

Here are just 6 BENEFITS of having your kids RAISED at home:

1. You KNOW what they are being TAUGHT
2. You are there for their PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL, & Spiritual Milestones!
3. It might actually BE CHEAPER than working another job (check out Can You Afford to Stay Home?)
4. You are making LIFE-LONG Memories!
5. You are CREATING an AWESOME BOND with your kids
6. Your INVESTMENT in your kids is WORTH more than any paycheck!

NOTES: Some of you might be mad saying, “why can’t the dad stay at home?” or “We tried this route, and it just doesn’t work for us”. Again, every family dynamic is different, you do what GOD is leading you to do. Just don’t make excuses in the process.

NOTES PART 2: I personally want to thank my wife for being an AWESOME mommy! THANK YOU for loving our kids, leading them closer to Christ, and having FUN in the process!

NOTES PART 3: If your SPOUSE stays at homes with the kids, make sure you let them know your APPRECIATION! They work just as hard (or harder) than you do, just without the PAYCHECK to prove it!

Oct
23

NEXT CHAPTER

A NEW Chapter for the Switzer Family is about to begin. God has been burdening our family for the past few years about planting a church. My wife, Pam, and I have been praying about this together, seeking wisdom from others, and searching out exactly where God wants us to go.

We have really gone back and forth with God, making sure that we were following HIS WILL and not ours. This past summer after spending a few days fasting and praying, we knew for sure where God wanted us to go plant a church. God is calling us to Monticello, NY.

I have to be honest, Monticello wasn’t the first on my list of cities/towns that I wanted to go to. It’s a nice town, but it’s small and in a rural area. I was thinking God wanted us to go someplace BIG like New York City, Boston, or even Montreal. But I have found out that was more me than God. In fact, we felt that God was calling us to the Monticello area a few years ago, but never really followed through with anything. So, here we are, fully surrendering ourselves to God and His calling for our lives.

We are excited, but very nervous. This is scary, this is different, but I can’t wait to see how God SHOWS up as we totally TRUST HIM through all of this!

Please keep us in your prayers! We are now in the process of developing a launch team, raising support, and learning the in’s and out’s of Church Planting!!

So I guess we can official announce that “Restoration Church” is coming to Monticello, New York in the Fall of 2014!

btw – if think God is leading you to help out with a Church Plant and would be interested in being a part of our initial Launch Team, Pray about it and then let me know!

www.RestorationChurchNY.com

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