All posts tagged: Rancho Community Church
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Every few years I end up re-inventing myself. I love learning and trying new things. I love to dream up and build new things. I’m blessed that I’m in an organization where I can do just that.

When I joined Rancho about six years ago, I answered a phone call that came out of nowhere. The week before I had resigned my position at a church I helped to build, but a church that was quickly unraveling (that’s a story that I need to tell someday). Jen and I didn’t know exactly what to expect, but we did know that God was opening doors for a new season of ministry with Rancho.

I came on as a pastor to help at Rancho’s school, Rancho Christian. It was during this time that I was introduced to Rancho and I made some deep and lasting relationships with many staff members. I spent a few years there, and by God’s grace, some great people, and a lot of work, the school grew – new leadership was installed and I was able to enter another new season.

This time I worked with the Worship Department at the church. During that time I was able to hire and work with some amazing people. I also said goodbye to some incredible people, thankfully – I’m able to still call them friends and still stay connected to them to this day. One person that I was able to help bring to Rancho was a friend I met named Tim Manigault. He quickly became the obvious choice to take our Worship Department to the next level. And so another chance to reinvent came my way.

I’ve always loved culture and people and the church – so my next journey was overseeing “Connecting” at Rancho, which basically meant anything that connected the church with people: look & feel, design, social media, online ministry, welcome ministries, small groups, etc. Just as I was getting my feet wet in this new role, my friend who was also my boss entered a new phase of life and ministry himself, which left a void at Rancho… so guess what – yes, another new season.

Next I joined a new team of three as the Executive Pastors of our church. As a team, we would oversee and lead our staff. It was a new idea – so I was on board. Together we began dreaming what Rancho could be as we headed into a building phase, doubling our campus size. Then, just a few months after this transition came the opportunity, once again to reinvent. And that brings us to this past weekend.

Last weekend, I officially took on the role of Executive Pastor of our Murrieta Campus. We’ve been going to that campus since it launched and have watched it grow over the years. Now we can really put some serious energy into the campus and work with our great friends, the Beavers, and see what God has planned for Rancho Murrieta.

I’m so thankful to be able to do what I love as a job. I’m thankful for a wife who is supportive and a family ready to take risks with me. And I’m thankful for the hundreds of people who call Rancho Murrieta home and looking forward to serving with them as we live out the love and life of Christ in this community.

Check out Rancho Murrieta on Facebook here. And come join us any Sunday at Murrieta Mesa High School at 10:00am – we’d love to have you and make sure you come by and say “hi” – I’d love to meet you!

P.S. here’s some of the fun stuff we do at Rancho Murrieta:

 

This season at Rancho, we are doing a series titled “Greater” (No Guilt in Life, No Fear in Death), leading up to Easter 2015. The art for the series was developed attempting to be more future-leaning and bold as we wanted to make a statement and invite the community to something interesting for this series and Easter.

The black speaks towards darkness/despair and the red towards the redeeming blood of Christ. The “greater than” sign speaks to how the grace and life in Christ is greater than sin, death, guilt, darkness – and the Church, by this power is greater than and overcoming darkness in this world – lot’s of hope in a seemingly dark place.

Hidden in the background of the design is a portrait of Jesus, hand drawn by our graphic designer. We used it last summer (2014) in a series called “Portrait” as we looked at the person and life of Christ. We then used that same graphic to create a participatory project for another series call “I Was Here”. We setup the outline of Christ (from the previous series) on a large banner and invited people to put their thumbprint in a “paint by numbers” type layout. A large portrait of Jesus Christ began to emerge. I pulled that final project into Photoshop and screened it into the background of “Greater” – so there literally hundreds (if not thousands) of our church family’s thumb prints embedded within this design…

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Part of what I do for Rancho Community Church is run our social media accounts. I’m a big fan of using social media as a tool to keep conversations going or spur them on. It allows people opportunities to share thoughts and comments that they wouldn’t have the opportunity to do in person. It really is another community, just like the many communities that make up the church – it’s just online.

Anyway, I’m always interested in how other churches utilize social media. What services they are using – and how they are using them. I’ve been a big fan of Saddleback, Crosspoint and others and kind of watch them for trends. At Rancho, we almost exclusively use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And we have accounts for both campuses (and our School):

Rancho Community Church (Temecula Campus / Main Organization)

Rancho Community Church (Murrieta Campus)

Rancho Christian Schools

So how do we logistically run all these (and more) accounts? For the most part I personally manage all the accounts… probably not the most efficient practice, but we don’t have many other options right now. I’ve given a couple other trusted team members access to our Facebook Pages and we have a couple volunteers that help with our Twitter accounts. I’ve created a couple graphics that show some of the flow (specifically with photos) of our social media sharing…

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As you can see this is 100% mobile driven – that’s mainly for sharing photos. I’ve asked our staff and key volunteers to share photos each weekend and at any events that they are running. Any good shots are shared (with photo credit) starting with Instagram which starts a chain reaction to Facebook (page) and then to Twitter. If I have a bunch of photos that aren’t real specific, I’ll just share them on our Facebook page. Whenever we share photos online we use the tag, #ranchopix and try to encourage our followers to do the same. I’ll tag our photos with things like #worship #church #temecula #murrieta, etc. as well.

That’s just a quick overview of what we’re doing. We’re slowly building followers and communities online and as we engage more, the community grows larger. It’s an exciting and fun ministry to be a part of and I can’t wait to see how it grows even more.

If you need help connecting your Instagram to your Facebook Page – there’s a good tutorial here. Unfortunately you have to log in and out of Instagram to manage multiple accounts… however the good news is that Instagram remembers what each account is connected to, which makes it a bit easier to share across platforms – I only share to Facebook from Instagram.

There’s tons of tutorials on connecting your Facebook Page to your Twitter Account – here’s a pretty simple tutorial.

I’d like to think we’re on the front lines of this, especially for a church, however I know there’s always something new or a better way to do things. Please let me know what you’re doing to engage in these communities and what tools you are using. And if you need a hand with this stuff just reach out – I’d love to help in any way I can.

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Here’s the graphic and stage package for the latest teaching series at Rancho Community Church.

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We didn’t get much on direction for this series – it wasn’t completely formulated until the day it started so we had to create a graphic that was more generic. The graphics actually were born from a conversation of stage design planning. We designed it all in Photoshop (to scale) and then turned it over to our Tech Team.

Stage-Lights

The stage design consists of three black chalk walls, all hand colored. The AWAKE title is cut out of plywood and mounted off the chalk wall, backlit with light bulbs. It really comes to life when it’s lit up with our LED Pars.

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Here’s a panorama of the Worship Center and stage.

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Big kudos to the Rancho Community Tech Team for taking a conversation and turning it into a reality. Below are some photos take by Bryan Lanning.

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Mother’s Day weekend @ranchocommunity & @ranchomurrieta was great. I was able to be in Temecula on Saturday night and then in Murrieta on Sunday morning, for Welcome/Updates. I got a video from @worshiphouse for us this weekend & although it didn’t fire on Saturday night, it did the rest of the weekend. Here it is for those who missed it on Saturday:

In Temecula we got to introduce Tim Manigault as one of our new worship leaders. I’ve built a relationship with Tim over the past few months and am very excited about bringing him and his family onto the @ranchoworship team. Tim did an amazing job leading “Give me Faith“, which is quickly becoming a favorite at the Temecula Campus:

Give me faith to trust what you say
That you’re good and your love is great
I’m broken inside, I give you my life

Another favorite song from this weekend was Julianna Morlet leading “You are for Me” – some more powerful truths:

I know that You are for me, I know that You are for me
I know that You will never forsake me in my weakness
And I know that You have come now even if to write upon my heart
To remind me who You are

In Murrieta a couple stand out songs were “The One Who Saves” (which is such a great song), and “Stronger“. In fact Stronger really struck a chord in me this weekend:

There is truth that sets me free
Jesus Christ who lives in me

You are stronger, You are stronger
Sin is broken, You have saved me
It is written, Christ is risen
Jesus You are Lord of all

As we were singing this song, I was just reflecting on how all weekend long we were singing of what God has done, or is doing and how we respond to what He does.

He gives us faith, we give Him our lives.

He is for us, we rest in that.

He has saved us, we now live for Him.

And the thought that I tried to communicate as I welcomed people to our Murrieta Campus is the power of the living Christ and our hope in Him. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:17:

And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.

But He DID rise from the dead. He DID defeat death and sin. He IS stronger. Sin IS broken and we ARE saved. This is our hope and faith. And this is how and why we worship, by declaring these truths together.