Guest Blogger: Larry Hubatka, Creative Pastor
There are so many amazing stories from 2010 to remind us of God’s faithfulness at Elevation. If you haven’t put your own list together yet, take a few minutes to create one. Remind yourself of how God showed himself over the past 12 months and use it as a motivation and encouragement to make 2011 your best year yet.
Here are some of our highlights from this past year…in no particular order:
1 – Christmas Eve Salvations and Attendance
It was amazing to see over 13,000 people in attendance and 1,172 salvations. Nothing reminds us of why we do what we do like successful events like this and all the changed lives.
2 – The Gratitude Teaching
This was a teaching from Pastor Steven that transformed my take on gratitude. Check out the podcast for week 3 of The Highest for this teaching in its entirety. Favorite point from the teaching: Gratitude is never silent.
3 – Easter at Time Warner
This was the fulfillment of a dream for us. To see one of the largest venues in our city being used to advance the Kingdom of God, it was an unbelievable feeling. Over 11,000 people in attendance. Over 700 salvation decisions. 18,000 items donated for our Community Outreach partners. One God glorified through it all.
4 – The Release of Kingdom Come
I love the original music God has inspired through Pastor Steven and our worship leaders. The release of this album marked a major breakthrough in how worship music from this house was being used by ministries across the country.
5 – The Release of Sun Stand Still
I got to walk through the release of Pastor Steven’s first book from the front row. I had no idea how involved the process was, but there is nothing more rewarding than hearing a story from across the country of how God is using this church and the message of audacious faith to inspire people everywhere.
6 – 24 Hours of Preaching
The more I think about it, the more I can’t believe Pastor Steven literally preaching for 24 hours straight and having the entire event streaming live…it was insane. He’s a preaching machine.
7 – New Thru 30
It was an aggressive approach to immersing our church in God’s Word, but it worked. We had thousands of people get familiar with the Bible over the course of 30 days by reading through the entire New Testament.
8 – The Opening of Blakeney
Building a new facility from the ground up was a challenge for our team, but the payoff was well worth it. To see the overflow seating being used every single week is a good problem to have. Thank you God for good problems.
It’s been an incredible year. We’ve seen God move in countless ways and the reverberations of all that He’s done are still impacting us. But we believe the best is ahead.
And whether you’re one person, your church is smaller than ours, or twice as big, the best is ahead for you too.