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Discipleship Lessons I learned from my Daughter

Hey guys! Check out what I learned about discipleship from playing in the ocean with my daughter! Click here

Love you guys! 

gabe 

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Summer Schedule! 

Hey guys! I can’t believe we have just completed our first school year as a church plant. It’s crazy that we launched last September! Wow!  


We wanted to try something different this summer. Around half of our Sunday Gathering attenders are college students that are either gone home or are serving somewhere over the summer. Basically, they are not in Dahlonega. Because of that and vacations, we will move our Sunday night Gatherings to our house, the Dodds, at 5:30.


There are a few reasons this is exciting! First, we will be saving money as a church! With us meeting in homes, we wont have to pay rent at our current facility. This will allow us to be good stewards of what the Lord has given us. Also, at the Parks and Rec, we only had four hours on Sunday nights. When we gather at our house over the summer, you can stay as long as you want!


But most importantly, this reinforces that fact that the church is not a building or a location, it’s us! So wherever we meet, we are the church. Whatever we do throughout the week, we are the church. We don’t need a certain building or sound system to be the church. We don’t need a certain amount of people. We need the Gospel. We need community. We need mission. That’s the church. Where that takes place doesn’t really matter, does it?


So come join us! Come eat a meal and get in the Word with us! The kids can go crazy down stairs! We will also have a few weeks over the summer where will serve together and where we can play together. Like this Sunday, 5/10, we will be hanging out at Yahoola Creek Park! Just bring a picnic and come play!


We will launch our larger Gathering back again in August! So its coming back! And we are excited for that! But we are also excited about taking a break from set up/tear down every week!

 

The summer Calendar is attached! Take a look and come hang out with us over the summer! 


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Confessions from a Pastor 

"We, the church aren’t dealing with hundred dollar bills, we are dealing with hearts."


Click here to read Gabes latest blog. 

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This Might Surprise You..

Church is…

That’s a loaded question. I think for most, the sentence will end with something negative. The sentence will end with an awful story of when someone was talked about, put down, kicked out, not welcome, and never going back. That is an true statement for most people.

I think one of the reasons are people failing to admit who they are. So as a pastor, let me let you in on the people of the Branch Church, my self-included.

The Church is….. a mess! We are! Plain and simple. No running around it. No denying it. We are a mess.

The staff’s a mess. I am a mess. Most of the people I have talked to in the church are a mess. Its true. In some way, shape, or form, we are a mess.

AND I LOVE IT! It feels so great walking with those people and doing life with our church and not feeling like I am the only one hurting, confused, or struggling.I love how we talk about it and how we are real about it.

The culture that is starting to take form at The Branch Church is one of grace and love. Because when we can start being true about our own shortcomings, it’s hard to judge others on theirs. We all realize that if we could fix ourselves, then we we have already done it?

There is a theme throughout the Bible about boasting in your weaknesses. About admitting your shortcomings and admitting when you have blown it. That you are not your own solution.

This is the Gospel.

I am trying to understand the culture that has been created in most churches that seems so obviously contrary to what the Bible teaches. When Paul, author of most of the New Testament, comes out with a statement like this, I think we need to listen.

“If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.” 2 Corinthians 11:30

So to my family at The Branch, keep it up. I am so proud of you. The more we are open about who we really are, the better King Jesus becomes in our lives. The more we are open about where we fail, the better friends and neighbors we become. And the more we are honest about our shortcomings, the better we can love ourselves.

I heard a quote yesterday about parenting from Brene Brown that I think expresses what the church should be.

“Our job is to look and say, “You know what? You’re imperfect, and you’re wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.” That’s our job””


Love you guys! 

gabe 

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Church is Cancelled! 

You cancel “church” for a football game?!

 

Our church gathers on Sunday nights at 5:30 and then we scatter through out the week for life in community. Our goal as a church isn’t to get as many people under one roof once a week. Its not to act one way on Sunday and be a different person the rest of the week. Our goal is to live as family, always. We believe that Gods plan to change the world is to have groups of people saved by Jesus to be the church. This is how we would prove our claims that Jesus is the savior of the world; not by a weekly service, but by the quality of life within the community known as the church.

 

This can’t happen once a week for an hour. This must happen outside the walls of a building and in people’s homes. Where people can do life with each other and act as a family- a community living with a purpose.


We want to be a church that hangs out with people on their terms. For a church that claims to love people, we sometimes have a hard time giving up our traditions to show the love that we claim to have for people.


If all this is true, then action must take place. Therefore, Sunday, February 1st, we are canceling our weekly gathering and having 3 or 4 Superbowl parties at different peoples houses.

 

To be with people.


On neutral grounds.


Not because we want anything from them or somehow expect them to come to our church- but just to love. Love with no agenda. Love with no expectations. Love for loveness sake.


The church is not a building- it’s a movement. It’s a people. Its group of people called out for a purpose. What does that look like? Come to one of our Superbowl parties! (or big game parties. I don’t want to be sued.)


I love doing life with the people at the Branch! Lets invite people into this community. 

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