White Fields Blog

In the Works

Hi everyone, here is a quick update on some things which are in the works at White Fields for the near future, so you can be in the loop and get involved!At White Fields, our goal is to fulfill the great commission that Jesus left us with: to make disciples! We want to make disciples who worship the Lord, walk with the Lord, and work for the Lord. Here are a few things we are working on toward that end:

Harvest America

  • September 28-29
  • Harvest America is headed up by evangelist Greg Laurie. Greg has been doing Harvest Crusades for over 20 years, based out of Southern California, but last year, they changed the format: rather than doing a number of evangelistic events in different venues, they decided to simulcast one event to thousands of venues all over the country. 
  • This is a two-evening event, on Saturday and Sunday evenings, and each night there will be a concert followed by a Gospel presentation by Greg Laurie. 
  • The idea is that we as a church will be hosting this event for those in the Longmont area, and you will have the opportunity to invite friends and family to come and hear some good music and the Good News of the Gospel! 
  • We intend to partner with other churches in the area to see this happen as well.

Marriage Builder

  • Marriage is important to us at White Fields because marriage is important to God. The scriptures tell us that marriage is an institution which God created as a human picture of the relationship which God desires to have with us.
  • We would like to create a regular meeting to help couples cultivate their marriages, to be a blessing to them and their families and to bring glory to God. However, we realize that schedules are busy, so the concept we are thinking is this:
  1. Once a month.
  2. A catered, romantic dinner will be provided.
  3. Each event will focus on a different aspect of marriage. Special guests will share testimonies about their experiences, and there will be a discussion, possibly based on a book or a section of scripture which couples will read together prior to the meeting.
  4. Childcare will be provided. (A small charge will be required to cover the cost of the meal and the childcare, because we would like it to have the feel of a date night.)

Marriage Retreat

  • We were very pleased with the turn-out and fruit of our marriage retreat last January, and would like to make this an annual event. 
  • We encourage all couples in the church to attend. The event is open to people from outside of White Fields; we want as many people as possible to benefit from this.
  • We are working on the dates – probably a weekend in late January to early February.
  • We are also working on confirming a guest speaker. We were very happy with last year’s speaker, but would like someone new this year to add variety.
  • For now we are looking at the YMCA of the Rockies, but improving slightly on some of the things from last year.

Home Fellowships

  • As a “community church”, community is very important to us. Community reflects the image of God, who himself is a community of Father, Son and Spirit who are characterized by edifying, loving community.
  • We would like to see everyone in the church involved in a community group, and we would like to see more community groups be born in the church. If you are not yet part of a community group, we encourage you to get plugged in to one!
  • We are starting a new community group in the Carbon Valley area this fall. If you are not yet part of a community group, consider joining this one or being part of forming a new one.

Equip: School of Discipleship and Ministry

  • In Ephesians chapter 4, we read that God’s plan and purpose for the church is that it would be a place of equipping the saints for the work of the ministry. We have a vision to create a school of discipleship and ministry which can be attended by people who would like to deepen their walk with the Lord or who feel called to ministry and would like to learn more about their faith in a structured setting, different than Sunday mornings, which also incorporates practical experience. 
  • This would be open to anyone who would like to attend.
  • We envision a weekly meeting, which will include a lecture, discussion and follow-up.

How can you be involved?

  • These things present great opportunities and various ways to contribute to the Body of Christ and serve others in the ways that God has gifted you. Pray about how you can be involved! If you feel called to any one of these particular ministries, let us know so we can coordinate with you and work together for the Gospel!
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Cultivation

I recently read a quote:

"The greatest soil, uncultivated, produces the rankest weeds"

How true is that? Lately I have been all the more impressed with the importance and great need for cultivation. In marriage, in relationships, in individuals' skill-sets and giftings, and many other areas.

Many people speak about the virtues of "organic growth," with the underlying insinuation that the best thing to do is let things grow naturally rather than trying to manipulate them. That sounds nice at first, but think it through: what happens to a garden when you let it grow "organically"? WEEDS! And the better the soil, the ranker the weeds will have the potential to be!

What God shows us, as usual, is not just a better way, but the BEST way. And His way is cultivation. Cultivation is what a gardener does; it is helping things to grow "organically", in the way that you want them to grow. Cultivation includes pulling out weeds and pruning plants, to help foster the best "organic" growth possible.

The first image we get of God in the Bible is of Him as a creator, creating good things, and doing it well. And when He creates the Earth, what we see is a garden planet, teeming with life. And God plants a special garden and places man and woman in it, and assigns them the task of cultivating that garden! Their job is to "subdue" the Earth, which rather than exploitation of natural resources, means the cultivation of them for the flourishing of LIFE.

So, God is a gardener, and He has created us in His image, and given us the task of gardening and cultivating that which he has given us. Cultivation is the means by which we are faithful with what God has given us; and as we are faithful to cultivate the things He has entrusted us with, He will entrust us with more (Matthew 25:21).

Cultivation means constant work. A lot like tending a garden. If you tend it regularly, it is not overwhelming; in fact, it is enjoyable. But if you neglect it, you are often left with great messes, and it takes much more work to get things back into a healthy state.

Cultivate your walk with God. Cultivate your marriage and family life. Cultivate your talents and giftings. Be intentional. Be a gardener and not a firefighter. Plan, build, plant, tend, water. So many people only engage when there is a crisis - which ironically is a contributing factor to the crises they end up facing: neglect and failure to cultivate can organically lead to weeds. We live in a world in which things left to themselves naturally go from order to chaos.

Cultivation is about facilitating and enabling healthy, organic growth - but growth in the right directions, and growth of the right kind. That's what we want in our lives and relationships! And it takes cultivation.

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