The Preachers Wife

I am not a mushy kinda guy so this post has been on my mind for a very long time.

In 11th grade ,almost 18 years ago, a smoking hot, blonde haired, and blue eyed girl was placed in my life. She was from a big family, had loving parents that ran a local family business, the first born grand daughter, pageant groomed, and could have her pick of the best guy for her future. I was the all-american Christian southern boy, clean cut, polite, a football player, and loved my church. I was also from a very small family, raised by a single mother, and grew up on the mill village. I was defiantly out of my league and I got lucky. Allison and I began dating and immediately the sparks started flying. We were perfect together. Three years went by and life was great until…. “IT” happened.

High School PromI was called to be a minister and give my life to serving God in the local church. I had graduated high school, by the grace of God, and Allison was finishing up her senior year. We had talked about marriage, kids, and growing old together. There was no doubt God had placed us together! Being called to the ministry was a shock especially since I was not a studious person. Allison and I talked about it and I gave her a “no hard feelings” out. I knew this was not what she pictured for us or dreamed of as a little girl practicing for her wedding. She didn’t hesitate a bit. She was 100% ready despite her fears.

This is why I love my wife so much! Not one little girl imagines herself marring a minister. God had commissioned Allison and she didn’t even know it yet. Almost 18 years later there is absolutely no doubt that God knew what I needed in a help mate. Allison is my HERO! She has battled disappointment, hurt, anger, huge amounts of stress, and a complete lifestyle change. al and lance

Bottom line… She didn’t sign up for this but she was created for it. She is a silent giant with a huge heart. When I am broken she comforts. When I am attacked she builds me up. When my faith is weak she lets me share hers. She is a fantastic mother and our 3 girls are deeply in love with her. She allows the church to borrow her husband opting to be a single mother at times. She believes that the mission is greater than our personal preferences. She has sacrificed her childhood dreams for God’s calling upon our family. Behind every great man is a great woman. I may not be “great” but the courage you see in me is because God placed Allison in my life.

You see, if I fail chasing God’s will for my life I have nothing to lose because He loves, she loves me, and my daughters love me. He gave me the perfect partner who’s strength inspires me to be to take risks and leave a Kingdom legacy! You can’t be “great” unless you’re willing to take risks, and you can’t take risks unless you have unfailing support.

I write this post to display how overwhelmingly honored I am that God placed Allison in my life and allows US to lead His people at Potential Church. I could not have made it to this point without her and I can’t move forward without her. She was with be before the journey began and will be with me when our journey ends. I love you Allison! You’re sacrifice, devotion, and strength inspires me to never give up the chase!

Al and Lance

In God’s hand!

Last Sunday we talked about you being God’s creation. That you are the apple of His eye and designed for a greater purpose in life than you can imagine. It’s so amazing to see God working in the daily lives of the people of Potential Church. Over and over this week God has proven that “He’s got us!” that He is there providing for us and protecting us. There are no surprises in your life for God. Last night at the men’s gathering we heard a testimony and PRAISE from John Paul Rogers of God providing for him. I wanted to share my devotional from Jesus Calling today on this subject…IMG_2473

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“REST WITH ME A WHILE. You have journeyed up a steep, rugged path in recent days. The way ahead is shrouded in uncertainty. Look neither behind you nor before you. Instead, focus your attention on Me, your constant Companion. Trust that I will equip you fully for whatever awaits you on your journey.

I designed time to be a protection for you. You couldn’t bear to see all your life at once. Though I am unlimited by time, it is in the present moment that I meet you. Refresh yourself in My company, breathing deep draughts of My Presence. The highest level of trust is to enjoy Me moment by moment. I am with you, watching over you wherever you go. Psalm 143:8; Genesis 28:15 (Sarah Young, Jesus Calling)

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WOW! I needed that word today from God. This is our first summer at Potential Church and at times I feel defeated and try to rush ahead to the Fall. I have to remind myself to be patient and that God has moved in a mighty way at Potential Church and is continuing to move among us. Last week we almost hit our weekly attendance average for the last 3 months of the Spring…but it was the middle of the Summer! Here are a few other facts that shows God is moving at Potential Church:

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  • We have baptized 15 people in 7 months!! WOW!!
  • Last year we started with 12 people in April and now we are averaging 75 people each week
  • We had 5 Sunday’s of over 100 people since we launched in October
  • We had an additional 8 Sunday’s of over 80 people
  • Our giving has been stable and growing
  • We have seen people rise up into leadership
  • Our ladies and men’s group are growing each week

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I want to give a HUGE thank you to those whom have stayed strong during this journey of planting a church! There are so many that I will post a proper thank you in another post next week!!

This week I get to rest! I will be on vacation and we have a great speaker filling in for me. My friend Jonathan Pearson will be pumped and ready to talk about Eternity in our Ground Work series. You don’t want to miss Jonathan! He is a great communicator and you will leave changed!

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Here is what we need from all Potential Peeps:

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Potential Church peeps you have all been such a blessing in my life! I love each and every one of you and I thank God everyday for you, your willingness to adopt the vision, and your ability to see the future of Potential Church. Our future is bright, God is with us, and I can’t wait to see those come to know Christ because of your faithfulness!

WOW!! God is moving at Potential Church

Potential Church launched Oct. 7, 2012 with 168 in attendance after many months of gathering and preparation. Since the launch we have experienced amazing worship, decline, growth, and life change. On January 27, 2013 we experienced an exciting time in the life of our church during our first baptism. We witnessed the largest gathering since the launch with 116 people in attendance to celebrate the baptism of 6 people whom had experienced a life change through Jesus Christ as a result of Potential Church. One of the people baptized was Chris, a close friend of mine from high school whom I had not spoken to in over 12 years, and his journey took him far away from God during that time. He accepted Jesus and began a life transformation over the past 5 weeks that can only be explained by the dwelling of the Holy Spirit within his heart. Each week God brings new people like Chris to Potential Church who are seeking hope and redemption and it’s our desire to help them discover it. We are currently averaging 72 people (86 last week) and it is hard to believe we are only 15 weeks old. The community has accepted us with open arms and word is getting out that God is moving at Potential Church.

Five years ago I was desperately seeking my sweet spot and to fully experience what it meant to be obedient to God. Only after releasing the fear, stepping out in total faith, and being completely submissive to the Holy Spirit did God begin to truly reveal Himself and bless us. I have discovered my purpose in life and can’t express the joy that dwells within my heart. God has blessed my family with a wonderful group of believers that love those far from Jesus and believe in the mission of Potential Church. My family and our core group started out saying “The mission is greater than our preference!” and now our preference is to fulfill the mission! If the first 15 weeks is any indicator of the next 15 years then we are in for an amazing journey!

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