On April 13th, we celebrated with 313 of our families who completed Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University nine week course, which we called “Unchained!” We received a final progress report from 183 of those families and here are the stunning results! In just 9 weeks, 53 families are giving more in their offerings, 241 credit cards have been cut up, $429,939.47 has been saved, and $716,339.50 in debt has been paid off! That’s a total turnaround of $1,146,278.97 and the average family experienced a $6,505.00 turnaround!
Hearing people share their victory stories was exhilarating! After our gathering, we threw a big party complete with food provided by Big Fat Pita, Jovee deejaying, cakes made in the shape of credit cards being cut up and eaten, a dunk tank which Jay Minor bravely manned, and a dream box for people to put cards in on which they had written their dreams of what they were going to do for God once they are debt free. This entire process has been a total game changer for us and has produced an undeniable paradigm/cultural shift.
This past Sunday was our Easter Gathering. We entitled it THR3E and explored the three acts of creation, the fall, and redemption. The comment that I’ve heard and read most from people, many of whom have been Christians for 20 years or more, is that it was “the best Easter Service that they had ever attended!” 1,036 adults experienced it, nearly 300 kids enjoyed their KidsPoint classes and the Easter egg hunt, and a memorable time was had by all!
These two gatherings were milestone events in the life of our church family. During both, you could feel the Spirit moving in real time and see personal transformation right before your eyes! About this and all we’ve experienced, we say “…thanks be to God who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and who makes known through us the fragrance that consists of the knowledge of him in every place.” 2 Corinthians 2:14 (NIV). And yes, Miles and I are still “psyched out of our minds!”