This past Sunday our Chets family celebrated our 20th anniversary together at the Florida Theatre. It was an amazing night celebrating with people from all four of our campuses in one location.
When Hurricane Michael hit the panhandle, the leadership at Chets immediately began searching for ways our church could help. We would pray, give, and go. But what was the best way to give support to those hurting from the devastation of the storm?
As part of our 20th anniversary celebration, we’re reflecting on our church’s values through the stories and experiences of our Chets family. In this post Mark Smith shares how we live beyond ourselves, showing people that they matter to God and to us.
“There was just devastation everywhere. It’s going to take years to get their lives back together” said Monte Confer of the destruction from hurricane Michael. Monte, along with Rodney Butler, Allan Abner, Dan Glesener, and Jimmy Knight drove to Panama City earlier this week to help with relief efforts. And the guys said the reality of what they saw was terrible.
As part of our 20th anniversary celebration, we’re reflecting on our church’s values through the stories and experiences of our Chets family. In this post Ned and Donna Hastings share about the joy of giving to help make our church all that it is today.
“I like sleeping in. That’s my jam” said Michelle Lummus. So, giving up sleeping in on a Sunday morning or missing family time for church never really seemed worth it to Michelle. She grew up going to church, but it always felt forced. Attending but never really participating.
As part of our 20th anniversary celebration, we’re reflecting on our church’s values through the stories and experiences of our Chets family. In this post Robin Bedwell shares about the community that she has found at Chets.
As part of our 20th anniversary celebration, we’re reflecting on our church’s values through the stories and experiences of our Chets family. In this post Natasha Jordan shares about how her family became part of the Chets family.
“It’s exciting to work with internationals. I think the best word is fulfilling. You learn about their customs and their cultures. You just have to try it,” said Kathie Ross about serving in the English as a Second Language (ESL) ministry at Chets. Kathie never pictured herself as an English teacher or being so involved in ESL, but now she says, “I can’t stop.”
We are sad but excited to share that our Chets family will be sending the Garcia family to serve the people of Maui, Hawaii. Their family is moving to Hawaii in response to God's leading them to live as missionaries and begin to develop missional communities there. Here’s their story of how they’ve trusted God to lead them in this new adventure.
As part of our 20th anniversary celebration, we’re reflecting on our church’s values through the stories and experiences of our Chets family. In this post Glenn Reese shares about the Bible as the foundation of his life and our church.
After receiving a Bible on Back to School Sunday at Chets, six-year-old Logan told his mom Kristin Krancer, “Mommy we have so many Bibles that we read all the time, I wanna give this one to someone who doesn’t have a Bible and tell them about Jesus!” Kristin was blown away that her son had such a desire to share the gospel with others.
“Like always, church was awesome. Before I came back to Jesus, I was lonely, broken, and feeling worthless, but through Jesus, I found grace, mercy, and compassion. Now I am filled with love, joy, and hope.”
This year our Chets Students went on mission to the Florida Keys to help with hurricane relief and marine cleanup. Kaya Getz says going on a mission trip within the United States really opened her eyes and showed her she doesn’t have to go across the world to serve.
“I was baptized for the first time 30 years ago, but I wasn’t the one who made that choice. It has been on my heart for a while to make the choice for myself to become baptized… today, I participated in the outward symbol of the change God has made in me, and publicly professed my belief in Jesus Christ.”
We are sad but excited to share that our Chets family will be sending the Sullivan family to serve in New England. Darren, our Pastor of Multiplication and Missions, will begin serving as a Church Planting Catalyst with the North American Mission Board and the Baptist Convention of New England on August 1.
Sometimes life is interrupted by the unexpected. One never knows what tomorrow will bring. In March 2015 I went to the doctor for a mid-year physical exam. I got the results of my biopsy and found I had stage three prostate cancer. I was worried about taking care of my family, the pain, feeling sick or being different because of treatment, keeping my job, paying my bills, even dying.
203 of our Chets Students and their leaders participated in a Fuge summer camp at Ridgecrest, North Carolina. Students spent time worshiping, studying scripture, building relationships, having fun, and discovering how to live out the mission of sharing Jesus with the world. They heard God speaking to them this week and shared their stories…
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength… Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31 At Chets we take the call to love God and love others seriously but sometimes that love is shown in unexpected ways.