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May 7th, 2008

by Bobby Gruenewald

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One Prayer Pastors: Greg Surratt

We caught wind that Greg and his team from Seacoast Church (one church with multiple locations in the east) were wrapping up their One Prayer message yesterday.

(Don’t forget — the deadline for submitting messages is next Monday, May 12!)

We asked Greg to share his heart about One Prayer.

gregsurratt_06.jpgWhat are some of the great things God is doing in your church?
God is continuing to give us opportunities to reach more people for Christ, which is encouraging to me as we celebrate our 20th year as a church. This month, we will open our 13th campus and will be using an “all-video” model. This will be our first campus with video worship elements. It’s an experiment that we have wanted to try for a while as it broadens the ability to open campuses in smaller more rural communities. God is also using our study of the book of Luke to really help people become fully-devoted to Him. We have been a largely “topical” church for 19 years, but over the last year I have found that studying a book of the Bible for a concentrated time has really been beneficial to our teaching team as well as our church. We kicked off the new year by joining LifeChurch.tv (via video) and had Craig Groeschel teach on the Authority of the Bible.

Why are you excited about participating in One Prayer?
The multi-site video approach has really changed a lot about how church is done. It has broken down barriers to growth and I think it has been a good thing for the body of Christ. However, one thing that has concerned me is that there could be some unhealthy competitive juices flowing as we see another church as an “opponent” that may could come into “my town”. I think that One Prayer will help in some ways to squash that as we remember that we are all on the same team, serving the same God and using the same resources as effectively as possible to reach more people. I am also just pumped to get to have some of the speakers come to Seacoast for free!!!

What is your one prayer for the Church that you will be teaching on?
“Lord make us obedient.” I’m going to look at the story of Peter’s miserable fishing trip in Luke 5 and what it took for him to come to “but because you say so” obedience. God used a “no fish moment” in his life to teach him the rewards of passionate obedience. I hope it will help all of us to recognize those moments in our lives and make the right call.

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  1. 1Jason
    May 7, 2008 at 11:15 am

    I think the teachings by these other pastors will be amazing,a and I love the topics we have already heard about.

    My main question is will the teachings be available after the One Prayer campaign for us to view the messages we were unable to see in our local church?

  2. 3Mark Jr
    May 7, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    This is so exciting, I tried talking my pastor into getting involved and he wouldn’t pull the trigger. I fully plan on forcing him to view some of these messages and planting the seeds for our congregation to do this next year.(I only assume that this will happen next year) Sometimes it takes time to move people out of a tradition and into something like this. I really appreciate all the forward thinking leaders and churches involved! I can’t wait to tune in and soak up what God will be saying to our churches through these dynamic leaders.

  3. May 7, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Bobby,

    Thank you guys at Lifechurch.tv for leading this effort. We are so pumped about being involved. Our team is doing our best to also get a Spanish version ready to offer as well. This is going to be a huge impact to the church.

    Shawn Wood
    Experiences Pastor
    Seacoast Church

  4. 5Trina Hankins
    Feb 24, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Ladelle told me about your churches and I wanted to check it out. You are doing an amazing job! I listened to your message and loved it-can’t believe it’s been 30+ years since we’ve seen you. What a blessing you are to the Body of Christ. Say hello to your family.
    Trina (Behrman) Hankins