Christmas Spectacular

Clark —  December 13, 2013 — Leave a comment

Journey Family,

I hope you’ve had an incredible week! We are ready for you to join us for Christmas Spectacular starting TONIGHT! It has been amazing to share the simple and most valuable aspects of this season with you throughout the Simply Christmas series and Advent, and I am expecting God to do even greater things as we continue and have over 10,000 people come through our doors this weekend! We have experiences Friday, Saturday and Sunday so that there is plenty of space for everyone to join us.

Continue inviting and praying for those who will attend. Christmas Spectacular is our gift to the community and an opportunity for us to share the Light of the world with thousands of people. All glory to God, I believe the environment He has allowed us to create is the best Christmas environment in Oklahoma! I can’t wait to worship with you, have a blast with you, and see lives transformed! It’s going to be big and I want you, your family and your friends to be there, too!

The next few days are going to be simply spectacular! See you soon!

Pastor Clark

Fall Update

Clark —  October 24, 2013 — 3 Comments

Journey Family,

I feel like I am always saying, “it’s been a crazy few weeks,” and it has been! I am so excited about God’s work through the Elephant series and loved having elephants at our Norman Campus a few weekends ago. It was amazing to see the community that took place before and after discussions about a tough subject.

I appreciate your grace and understanding as I spent time with my family OU/TX weekend. Pastor Adam delivered an incredible, God-breathed message about war, and then again about Ephesians 3 when I unexpectedly caught pneumonia. We will finish up the Elephants series this Sunday. I am going to teach about the God of our pain and how to make sense of the pain we go through .

I’ve been blown away by God’s faithfulness so far this semester as He guides us through JC 1360 and other incredible conversations about being healthy and stewarding His blessings to transform cities. I am privileged to serve a body of believers who appreciate my transparency about the health challenges I walk through. Please remember, I am healthy, but susceptible to sickness just like all of you! My body needs extra rest to heal and I try to steer clear of people who are sick so that I don’t complicate things for my immune system. Although Robin and I have had a tough week of pneumonia and bronchitis, we are on the mend, and trusting in the healing power of God who is providing energy and vision for His Kingdom each and every day.

Thank you for your prayers and encouragement! Go to the doctor and rest when you’re feeling ill. It wouldn’t hurt to keep a can of lysol at your fingertips also!

 

See you Sunday,
Pastor Clark

What To Expect As I Come Back

Clark —  July 31, 2013 — 4 Comments

First, I want to thank all of you who have so faithfully cared for, prayed for, encouraged, and served our family as we have walked through hell over the past three years! We could not have done it without you!!!

Second, I want to answer the question, “How are you Pastor Clark?” With 100% candor and honesty I can say that I, and we (my family), are okay. We are emotionally worn out from the past few years and are intentionally focusing on staying filled-up spiritually, emotionally and physically. There is no doubt in our minds that God has allowed, not caused, this season in our lives to help us in our effectiveness in ministering to others and proclaiming the Gospel. God is a good, good God!

Third, I want to answer another frequently asked question, “What can we expect as you return?”

  • You can expect for us to passionately pursue the presence of God in everything we do! We are nothing without God’s presence! With that in mind, we will tweak many of our environments to allow for more intentionality in giving you time to connect with God, versus just consuming what is put in front of you.
  • You can expect us to passionately pursue our future! God has called us to see cities transformed, one life at a time. We have been overwhelmingly blessed with our history! And for that, we give all glory to God! We are equally expectant of our future, so we will find the balance of aggressive pursuit of our future, while keeping healthy lines of margin in all areas of our personal lives and the life of our church.
  • You can expect for us to passionately pursue healthy relationships! All blessings flow through relationship. With that in mind, we want everyone to grow in our relationships with God and others! For healthy relationships to happen, we have to figure out how to be healthy emotionally. We want to help you grow into your God-given potential and dreams, not allowing hurts or things of the past to hold you back.
  • You can expect us to passionately try to make you the best pastored people on planet earth! That doesn’t mean that we’ll always succeed, but that is our heart! Simply put, our heart is for God and you. We are honored that you haven chosen to be part of the Journey family!
  • You can expect us to passionately pursue how to live an e3:20 life and will help you do the same! God is for you! Your future is great, so we want to help you discover it and live it out! All of us doing that is the greatest witness we can ever have.

As I step back into teaching this weekend, I celebrate that God has allowed me to be a part of such a committed, generous, loving church! You are a family, and a good one! While there are always things we can work on, there are far more things to celebrate. Because of your commitment, we are in the middle of a great move of God! That cannot happen without consistent commitment from the thousands of people who make Journey their home! I am so proud of you! I look forward to the great years we have ahead of us!

Blessings, Clark