[AnthonyMilas.net] CHURCH - ITS GROWING

I am so PUMPED UP about what THE LORD is going to do in and through HIS
CHURCH in 2016! In case you haven't heard heres four of the things we will
be stepping up and doing in 2016. GRANITE WILL BE...

Launching our GREAT LOWELL CAMPUS in February.

Launching our iCampus by EASTER.

Opening up our CHAMPIONS CLUB - Ministry to the special needs and medically
fragile community.

Planting a NEW CHURCH - Paradox Church

Thats just four of the many things we will see GOD do in and through us
this year! I'm glad Christy and I can say "I KNOW"!

We also know that nothing comes easy and its going to take a lot of prayer,
work, and sacrifice to do what we are called to do. But at GRANITE we are
ALL IN for JESUS and others! Lets keep the main thing the main thing, LOVE
JESUS, LOVE OTHERS, COMPLETE OUR MISSION all the while PROTECTING and
GUARDING THE VISION. Theres to much at stake! Im so glad we get to do this
together.

Im reminded of what PAUL told his pastors in Acts 20...

Acts 20:28-31, "28 "So guard yourselves and God's people. Feed and shepherd
God's flock--his church, purchased with his own blood--over which the Holy
Spirit has appointed you as elders. 29 I know that false teachers, like
vicious wolves, will come in among you after I leave, not sparing the
flock. 30 Even some men from your own group will rise up and distort the
truth in order to draw a following. 31 Watch out! Remember the three years
I was with you--my constant watch and care over you night and day, and my
many tears for you." NLT

Love you GRANITE the best it yet to come!

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[AnthonyMilas.net] CHURCH - IT'S INTENTIONAL

GRANITE CHURCH FAMILY - We don't exsist to go through religious motions. We
come together for a GREAT PURPOSE and MISSION. Our mission is not to fish
in other churches ponds, our misison isn't to swap fish from one aquarium
to another, our MISSION SIMPLY is to GLORIFY GOD by the lives we live with
a focus on depopulating hell and populating heaven.

Study the BIBLE and there are two things a CHRISTIAN can do here that we
cant do on eternity. 1 - SIN, and thats not a good thing to do, but we can
do it here. 2 - BRING PEOPLE TO JESUS - and that my family is a GREAT THING
to do and purpose to live for.

GRANITE is a church family that is focused WITHOUT APOLOGY on following the
example of JESUS who came to seek and to save the lost. Our mission is not
to sit and "be fed", we are on a rescue mission. We ahve been saved on
purpose and for a purpose.

The churches responsibility is not "to feed" it is to equip (eph. 4). Don't
take that the wrong way, of course we called to GROW IN THE GRACE AND
KNOWLEDGE OF JESUS but it's so that we can be DOERS OF THE WORD.

In case your new to GRANITE or even if you have been part of our family for
a long time let me share with you our STUMP SPEECH. Our STUMP SPEECH is
both the WHY and WHAT we do as a church family. See you need to know things
like this because there will be people, situations, and circumstances that
will do what they can to pull you away from giving your all to the DREAM OF
JESUS and we must stand firm because what we do matters.

I love our church and am so grateful that we get to do this together.

Anthony Milas's photo.

-- Posted By Blogger to AnthonyMilas.net at 1/25/2016 09:11:00 AM

[AnthonyMilas.net] CHURCH - IT'S INTENTIONAL

GRANITE CHURCH FAMILY - We don't exsist to go through religious motions. We
come together for a GREAT PURPOSE and MISSION. Our mission is not to fish
in other churches ponds, our misison isn't to swap fish from one aquarium
to another, our MISSION SIMPLY is to GLORIFY GOD by the lives we live with
a focus on depopulating hell and populating heaven.

Study the BIBLE and there are two things a CHRISTIAN can do here that we
cant do on eternity. 1 - SIN, and thats not a good thing to do, but we can
do it here. 2 - BRING PEOPLE TO JESUS - and that my family is a GREAT THING
to do and purpose to live for.

GRANITE is a church family that is focused WITHOUT APOLOGY on following the
example of JESUS who came to seek and to save the lost. Our mission is not
to sit and "be fed", we are on a rescue mission. We ahve been saved on
purpose and for a purpose.

The churches responsibility is not "to feed" it is to equip (eph. 4). Don't
take that the wrong way, of course we called to GROW IN THE GRACE AND
KNOWLEDGE OF JESUS but it's so that we can be DOERS OF THE WORD.

In case your new to GRANITE or even if you have been part of our family for
a long time let me share with you our STUMP SPEECH. Our STUMP SPEECH is
both the WHY and WHAT we do as a church family. See you need to know things
like this because there will be people, situations, and circumstances that
will do what they can to pull you away from giving your all to the DREAM OF
JESUS and we must stand firm because what we do matters.

I love our church and am so grateful that we get to do this together.

Anthony Milas's photo.

-- Posted By Blogger to AnthonyMilas.net at 1/22/2016 09:11:00 AM

[AnthonyMilas.net] CHURCH - IT'S PERSONAL

CHURCH - Its not a building iITS A FAMILY. Families are about commitment,
truthfulness, growth, they stick together through the good and the bad, the
thick and the thin. Their enduring, intentional relational and they believe
the best and want the best for each other.

Family is about putting the needs of others first despite the personal
sacrifice, being faithful to promises made, holding one another
accountable, cheering each other along, and dig in because there's too much
at stake.

There's a number of reason I take my church family seriously. See "I KNOW"
the stories of the people who sit in the chairs, I know the struggles they
face, I know the victories they've expereinced, the pain they bear and the
healing they've found.

My church has a name and its not only granite UNITED church, its THE NAME
of every child, every teenager, and every adult who calls GRANITE HOME.

So if you wondering why I'm so passionate about the church its really not
that complicated THESE PEOPLE ARE MY FAMILY! And you need to know I take my
family seriously! I will protect my family, I will protect my families
unity, and I will do everything I can to love her, grow her, and protect
her from hurt.

Our family will not be for everyone, and thats okay because they are other
great church families in the area. If GRANITES not for you we are okay with
that, and we will encourage you to find a church family you where you can
serve JESUS and find community. A church where you can win the lost and
make disciples thats GODS PLAN.

Yep, its called family and I'm honored to be part of the GRANITE UNITED
FAMILY. The stakes are way to high to play games! #nothere

notnow#notever

-- Posted By Blogger to AnthonyMilas.net at 1/22/2016 09:09:00 AM

[AnthonyMilas.net] THE SHIFT and the THREE C's

WHAT GOT US HERE WON'T GET US THERE! There are some word you will often
hear around the GRANITE UNIVERSE. We are always pushing to grow forward,
tweaking things, and trying to crack the code on making more disciples of
GODS GLORY!

Recently we transitioned from being "TOTALLY" LOCAL LED to having a
CENTRALLY LED TEAM there are THREE C's that are a MUST for us to GROW
FORWARD. Three C's that must be paid attention to in this new season at
GRANITE UNITED CHURCH.

  1. COLLABORATION - As CENTRAL gives direction to their LOCAL LOCATION TEAM
    MEMBERS one of the important questions a CAMPUS PASTOR can ask during his
    CAMPUS TEAM MEETING is, "What's "THE THING" CENTRAL is pushing forward so
    as a team we can be on the same page to PRAY FOR and CHEER YOU ON LOCALLY?"
    The COLLABORATION aligns the other ministries to do what they need to do in
    order to achieve the goal.

  2. COOPERATION - As CENTRAL gives direction to their LOCAL LOCATION TEAMS
    another very important question CAMPUS PASTORS MUST ASK is, "How can we
    HELP and SUPPORT you as fellow TEAM MEMBERS?" LOCALLY we are a team and
    need to have the opportunity to LEAN INTO one another. In other
    words, "WHAT CAN WE AS A TEAM DO TO HELP YOU DO WHAT YOU'VE BEEN ASKED TO
    DO". Team work makes the dream work!

  3. COMMUNICATION - COMMUNICATION IS ALWAYS KING! Teams need to be able to
    TALK, CONNECT and SHARE INFORMATION weekly with each other. We have a
    saying at GRANITE, NO COMMUNICATION IS NO COMMUNICATION.

THE SHIFT is an EITHER/OR its a BOTH/AND. CENTRAL NEEDS LOCAL, as much as
LOCAL NEEDS CENTRAL. Together we are better.

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[AnthonyMilas.net] THE SHIFT - GRANITE UNITED STRUCTURE CHANGE

Through the years as GRANITE has GROWN NUMERICALLY it has been imperative
that we as an organization work to stay in front of the growth so that we
can SUSTAIN OUR GROWTH and keep pace with what THE LORD IS DOING IN HIS
CHURCH. What we've discovered through the years is whenever we allowed our
church to HIT ATTENDANCE LIDS we usually experienced A DECLINE IN
ATTENDANCE.

Why THE SHIFT? One of the things we have said for years at GRANITE has been
WHAT GOT US HERE WONT GET US THERE. So up until recently we have been a
LOCALLY DRIVEN STAFF and now we have SHIFTED to a CENTRALLY LED STAFF.

Believing that THE SHIFT in our STRUCTURE will enable us BREAK BARRIERS,
SUSTAIN GROWTH and REPRODUCE MORE CAMPUSES. Let me give one of the biggest
advantages THE SHIFT in our leadership structure brings to the table.

Instead of everything resting on the shoulders of our CAMPUS PASTORS we now
have a CENTRAL LEADERSHIP TEAM to give FOCUS and DIRECTION to SPECIFIC
MINISTRIES. Meaning that instead of our CAMPUS PASTORS needing to be all
things to all ministries, they now can focus on REACHING and KEEPING
PEOPLE. THE SHIFT is a huge win for both CAMPUS PASTORS and our LOCAL TEAMS.

So whats the point! The point is as a GROWING CHURCH we have very
comfortable with being uncomfortable knowing that we don't have everything
figured out, but we are committed to GROWING FORWARD TOGETHER in order to
BRING OUR REGION TO JESUS!

For our GRANITE LEADERSHIP TEAM lets never forget WE ARE BETTER TOGETHER!

-- Posted By Blogger to AnthonyMilas.net at 10/26/2015 04:02:00 PM

[AnthonyMilas.net] MULTISITE and GROWING CHURCH ISSUES - 2

In GROWING and MULTISITE CHURCHES one of the challenges that has to be
addressed and revisited constantly is the issue of MINISTRY PRIORITIES. In
a GROWING and MULTIPLYING CHURCH we have to be careful of jumping into ALL
WE CAN DO at the neglect of WHAT WE MUST DO! Take a second and read that
again.

One of the things we have said for years at GRANITE is WHAT GOT US HERE
WON'T GET US THERE and its true. HOWEVER the constant tension is working to
KEEP THE MAIN THINGS THE MAIN THINGS! With every thing we COULD DO there
are certain things we MUST DO as LEADERS.

As leaders we MUST stay focused on TEACHING THE WORD, FELLOWSHIP, BREAKING
OF BREAD and PRAYER. This was and continues to BE GODS HEART according to
ACTS 2:42. As point leaders we must stay focused on making sure these
continue to be the priority of the church and the MINISTRY WE LEAD.

But what about all the other things that HAVE TO GET DONE in order to
continue GROWING and STAYING HEALTHY? Thats where raising up and developing
your leadership base comes in. Everyone is gifted by GOD to serve THE BODY,
and part of growing disciples is CALLING OUT OF PEOPLE WHAT GOD HAS PUT IN
HIS PEOPLE. Then committing and implementing strategic systems for
development, continued training and encouragement.

Way to many LEADERS get caught in MINISTRY TASKS (that have to get done),
at the sacrifice of the LEADERS PRIORITIES. We can not and should not do
EVERYTHING by ourselves, but MATURE and GROWING LEADERS still know how to
GET THINGS DONE through TEAM WORK, influence, and clear communication.

What we do matters and we cannot afford to let the GOOD THINGS replace the
BEST THINGS we should be investing our time and energy in. Everything is
important to get done, but not everything SHOULD BE DONE by you.

So how do we get there? NEXT POST...

-- Posted By Blogger to AnthonyMilas.net at 6/19/2015 12:44:00 PM

[AnthonyMilas.net] MULTISITE and GROWING CHURCH ISSUES

Yep, thats right EVERY CHURCH despite its size has ISSUES! Being part of a
GROWING CHURCH brings with it some unique challenges. Think about the early
church in the BOOK OF ACTS. They were experiencing EXPLOSIVE GROWTH which
led to CHURCH COMPLAINTS!

Acts 6:1-4, "6 But as the believers rapidly multiplied, there were
rumblings of discontent. The Greek-speaking believers complained about the
Hebrew-speaking believers, saying that their widows were being
discriminated against in the daily distribution of food. 2 So the Twelve
called a meeting of all the believers. They said, "We apostles should spend
our time teaching the word of God, not running a food program. 3 And so,
brothers, select seven men who are well respected and are full of the
Spirit and wisdom. We will give them this responsibility. 4 Then we
apostles can spend our time in prayer and teaching the word." NLT

Don't miss what's actually going on here. The APOSTLES were all about
making sure the PHYSICAL NEEDS of the church were being addressed and met,
but not by the CHURCH LEADERS and especially not at the expense of
NEGLECTING THE TEACHING OF GODS WORD and PRAYER.

So what did they do to solve the problem? What was the key to keeping the
church growing forward and healthy? It was RAISING UP VOLUNTEERS! They went
and found people to step into the MINISTRY to do what those people were
called and gifted to do, so that the apostles could do what they were
called and gifted to do. This is BIBLICAL and it is one of the keys to
keeping our churches GROWING FORWARD and HEALTHY!

1 Corinthians 12:7, "A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help
each other." NLT

I truly believe that churches have everything they need AND everyone they
need to do what they are called to do at this present moment!

The APOSTLES could have really STUNTED the GROWTH and HEALTH of the church
if they had what I will call the SUPERMAN COMPLEX! SUPERMAN COMPLEX LEADERS
think they are self-sufficient, they have all they help they need, they
don't need anyone else, and that they have no inadequacies. At then end of
the day its called PRIDE and its a sin against the BODY OF CHRIST, THE
CHURCH, and its one of the hardest things for leaders to see and be honest
about.

So what do we do? How what are some steps on how we can GROW FORWARD and
STAY HEALTHY? I'll share some thoughts in my NEXT POST.

-- Posted By Blogger to AnthonyMilas.net at 6/18/2015 10:33:00 AM

[AnthonyMilas.net] GREAT LEADERS ARE GREAT COACHES #1

One of the privileges of ministry is that we get to do ministry with
others! We get to invite people on to our teams to see THE DREAM OF JESUS
COME ALIVE! So what is LEADING and COACHING all about?

First let me tell what LEADING and COACHING are not. They are not the
opportunity to to USE PEOPLE, MANIPULATE PEOPLE, or to GET THINGS DONE on
your TO-DO LIST. Way to many LEADERS and COACHES lose their teams due to
SELFISHNESS and SELF-CENTEREDNESS. To many LEADERS and COACHES are consumed
with "ME" instead of "WE".

So what do LEADERS and COACHES do? Its not complicated really. LEADERS and
COACHES help CALL OUT and DEVELOP the potential and gifts of an individual.
In other words LEADERS and COACHES step into people's lives and call out of
them what GOD has placed inside of them.

In the book UNLOCKING POTENTIAL that our pastoral team is presently reading
COACHING is defined as "unleashing or unlocking the potential of another
human being". How great is that!

The BIBLE teaches us that GOD has a GREAT PLAN and PURPOSE for everyones
life. As LEADERS and COACHES we get the privilege to help UNLEASH and
UNLOCK all that GOD has placed inside a person! WOW! Is that great or what!

Lets all commitment to when we step into someones life, or when we invite
someone to serve by our side that that person is better because of it! Lets
commit to seeing KINGDOM GREATNESS in our teams, and lets help them achieve
the DREAM JESUS has for their lives.

-- Posted By Blogger to AnthonyMilas.net at 5/08/2015 10:27:00 AM

[AnthonyMilas.net] Whats the big deal about CONNECTIONS

I recently had a GREAT meeting with the CONNECTION LEADERS from all of our
campuses and wanted to share a thought that I shared with them. CONNECTIONS
is about CONNECTING people to JESUS, GRANITE and their PURPOSE. The BIBLE
calls this MAKING DISCIPLES.

Its EASTER WEEKEND 2015 and we will have about 2,000 plus people attending
our worship services. Many of them will be FIRST TIME GUESTS which is very
exciting. But our goal each weekend is not to fill up our database with
names its about REACHING and KEEPING PEOPLE. Its about seeing people lives
TRANSFORMED, STORIES REWRITTEN, and people receiving CLEAN HEARTS and BRAND
NEW STARTS because they have MET JESUS!

Truth is EVERYONE who calls GRANITE HOME is a part of our CONNECTIONS TEAM.
EVERYONE has the opportunity each and every weekend to extend the LOVE OF
CHRIST to those who attend our services. So lets ALL be thinking
CONNECTIONS!

Never forget that GOD HAS CHOSEN to do some of HIS BEST WORK THROUGH HIS
KIDS! Lets do this!

-- Posted By Blogger to AnthonyMilas.net at 4/03/2015 01:04:00 PM