Important Fast Facts

Can you give us a hand with something today?  We need to ensure that everyone who might potentially want to be connected with Connexus gets the following vital information facts.  Can you pass this around to the people in your circles?  Don't worry about people hearing the same thing over and over – at this point we need to ensure that everyone hears this information multiple times!  Please pass the word on!

Information Meetings
The questions have started to flood in – people are asking how they can help and what our next steps are.  Can you help us get the word out about these two public information meetings?  These are vitally important as we gather people together to talk about what the future looks like at Connexus and to talk about how each of us can help.  We are hosting two identical information meetings – one in Barrie and one in Orillia to make it easier for people to attend one of them.  Please pass on the word!
        Barrie Information Meeting – October 20th – 10 am – Galaxy Cineplex
        Orillia Information Meeting – October 27th – 10 am – Galaxy Cineplex

Summary Timeline
Although we are going to cover this in more detail at the information meetings here is a collapsed view of the timeline for November and December at Connexus.  A more detailed view of the timeline can be viewed on an earlier post by clicking here. 

    Sunday, October 28th                 Final Service at Line 7
    Sunday, November 4th                Open Sunday: Meet with your Community Group. Attend another church.
    Sunday, November 11th              Volunteer Training Event
    Saturday, November 17th            Barrie "Soft Launch" Training Morning
    Sunday, November 18th              Barrie "Soft Launch" Sunday Service Practice (1 of 2)
    Saturday, November 24th           Orillia "Soft Launch" Training Morning
    Sunday, November 25th              Barrie "Soft Launch" Sunday Service Practice (2 of 2)
                                                     Orillia "Soft Launch" Sunday Service Practice (1 of 2)
    Sunday, December 2nd               Barrie Grand Opening!
                                                    Orillia "Soft Launch" Sunday Service Practice (2 of 2)
    Sunday, December 7th               Orillia Grand Opening

How can we help?
We have had multiple requests for how people can help – what a great community that is stepping up to the challenge ahead of us!  There are three ways that you can jump in immediately to help:

Prayer: Please take some time to pray every day for the transition in the coming weeks.  You can use this blog as a good place to start your prayers.   

Volunteer:  Every team that we have today at Trinity is going to be needed to replicated in Connexus.  Plus we are adding a number of new teams that we don't have today.  (Environment set up teams, video teams, children's check in teams.)  Frankly . . . we need everyone to step up and help.  Be thinking today how you might volunteer.  We'll be asking at the information meetings on the 20th and 27th.

Giving: We are in need of raising a significant amount of capital start up resources above and beyond our weekly offering.  This equipment will allow us to host fantastic experiences for our friends and family in the coming years.  All of us have the opportunity to contribute to this vital part of our story in the coming weeks.  Now is a great time to begin to pray and think about how you to contribute on this side.

We're living in history making times!  I really do believe that in years to come people are going to look back at where we are at right now and wish they were here.  We have been given a rare gift in our opportunity to be a part of Connexus.   God has given us this great opportunity.  Let's do our part in this launch and leave the rest up to God!

Thank you for helping us get the word out. Let us know if you think there is other bits of information you feel that everyone needs to hear . . .

Rich Birch
Executive Director of Operations
Connexus Community Church



  1. Tracey says, October 12, 2007 at 8:46 pm

    I am just wondering how the services will be run in two separate locations at one time. I assume one or the other or maybe both will have to be run as a satelite service with the message being broadcast on the screen. Are we going to be satelite churchs for North Point? Are we going to look for a "church" and attempt to be one congregation again?

  2. Carey Nieuwhof says, October 13, 2007 at 9:06 am

    Tracey…Thanks so much for your questions. The Orillia location will be for the most part running the same service Barrie did one week prior. What we do on December 2nd will be taped in Barrie and then exported to Orillia December 9th.

    We realize that at first, this may sound odd, but it actually works out great. For example, I know I'm going to preach on Rahab a week from now and the cross two weeks from now (at our current location), but if I switched my messages around, it really wouldn't matter to anyone. I think the same dynamic is at play in our plan — the fact that the message comes at a one week spacing is irrelevant to most people – they just want to hear the message. Obviously, we would sync up at Christmas and Easter. Eventually, we may go live via satellite, but the cost is too big right now.

    Regarding your North Point question, we will be producing our own content so things will be very much like we are now. When I am away, we'll either have another local communicator preach from our staff team or we'll run an Andy Stanley series, so pretty much expect the current pattern to continue. As Connexus expands, North Point sees our team as providing message content for Canada the way Andy does for the U.S.. Of course, we think Andy rocks, so we will be sharing his messages from time to time as a part of the Connexus strategy.

    I think my post this morning may answer your question about buying a permanent facility down the road. Is it possible or probable? Absolutely. But right now, there are some pretty cool advantages to mobility. So read the post and feel free to feed-back with more questions or comments.

    Thanks so much for asking!

  3. Tracey says, October 13, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    I'm still a little confused, will you be delivering the message in person or will the Barrie location be watching on the big screen too?

  4. Carey Nieuwhof says, October 13, 2007 at 10:33 pm

    Hey Tracey…thanks for seeking clarification. It's so important that we all try to get a clear picture in our head.

    I will always be preaching live in Barrie when I'm preaching. We really can only have one "live" site as it requires cameras and lighting and the whole deal to capture it properly for export to the other campuses. The messages will not be captured in a studio, but rather I'll just give a "normal" message in front of a congregation gathered for church at 8:30 and 10 Sunday mornings, and the camera crews will capture it live, record it and export it for playback the next week on the other sites. (we'll pick what we think was the best service to export — just like we do now with our CD's and on-line streaming of messages.)

    So what happens live in Barrie on December 2nd gets played in Orillia December 9th, and so on. We'll sync up live (somehow) for major events like Christmas.

    Because the filming captures a real sermon delivery before a real congregation, not much is lost when it is played back because it has a real "feel" and a live touch to it.

    In the event I'm away or another Connexus team member is not preaching, then we'll run an Andy Stanley message which will be on film on all the sites, but this likely won't happen more than 8-12 times a year, as most of our communication will come from our own team.

    I would imagine that once most of us get through the first week or two of it, we'll be amazed at how natural and easy the whole thing really is, and, we pray, how effective it is at reaching people.

    Hope this helps. If not, ask away…!

  5. Tracey says, October 18, 2007 at 8:29 am

    Thanks Carey,
    I think I'm clear now and I feel a lot better about what is happening. I appreciate all of the time you must be putting into this.

  6. jelained says, October 21, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    What happens in Orillia on November 18th? Do we go to Barrie and be the 'congregation'?

  7. Carey Nieuwhof says, October 25, 2007 at 4:59 pm

    On November 18th, the Orillia crew is welcome to go to Barrie to help with an observe the soft launch. It gives Orillia one more opportunity to prepare, plus see all the amazing equipment.

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