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Event Planning: Debunking the Myths


Big events are a great way to create energy, mobilize the people, and reach out to your surrounding community. But events can also distract you from your main purpose if they aren’t done strategically! The tension is how to pull off the event in a way that carries out the vision of your ministry. To balance that tension, take a look at these three common myths that too many event planners in the church buy into…and learn how to avoid them!

1. I’m the hero if I pull off an event single-handedly.

If you are like most event planners, you probably hate to “burden” other people with what you deem as “your” responsibilities. “What’s wrong with that?” you ask. Nothing…except that you end up doing everything yourself!

Leadership is all about delegation. It’s about sharing responsibilities, even though you are ultimately responsible for the outcome. Not only does delegating properly keep you from burning out and becoming a bear to work with, it also allows other people to be a significant part of something bigger as they use the gifts and skills God has given them.

2. A successful event is one that runs without a hitch.

A successful event is one that people come to, not necessarily one that doesn’t have a few bumps along the way! If everything is planned perfectly and runs smoothly but no one shows up, then you haven’t accomplished your purpose. Remember the key goal is to reach people. As a part of your planning process, be sure to develop a marketing or “reach” strategy so you can reach and connect with people before and during the event.

3. The event is over when the last guest leaves.

It feels good to sit back and reflect on an event that was well-done. But an event isn’t over until the follow up is done! As you begin the cleanup phase, strategically think through how you will follow up with those who attended the event so you can strengthen the connections you made. This event should be the beginning of their journey, not the final destination.

Looking for more direction on how to successfully pull off a big event in your church? Check out our new Event Planning App Session at C3! This new app session will provide even more practical tools and strategic principles that will help you leverage your events to accomplish the vision of your church.  Bring your team to this app and your event debrief will be the celebration after the party!  Check out the C3 Conference App Sessions here!

South Carolina Flood Relief



Many families and businesses in South Carolina have been affected by the heavy rain and flooding this past weekend, October 3-4, 2015. This flooding has been caused by Hurricane Joaquin and has forced South Carolina to call for a state of emergency. At least 18 dams are breached in South Carolina. One failure, of the Overcreek dam, sent a torrent of floodwater forcing families to evacuate near Columbia. Although the rain has stopped, the rivers are still rising. The mayor of Columbia believes that the damage will require billions of dollars to repair.

We are partnering with C3 Global Churches Barefoot Church & Wellspring Church in South Carolina to bring relief to families in need.

To give to the crisis relief fund, please click here

An Auction for America’s Mighty Warriors



We just wrapped up our Gold Star Family retreat with America’s Mighty Warriors in August! Every year it’s an honor to host these families, serve them and let them know that their sacrifice will never be forgotten!

One of the supporters of the retreat is The Heritage Flag Company.  They are making a one of a kind donation: the Double Barrel Heritage Flag. They are holding an auction with all of the proceeds going to Debbie Lee and America’s Mighty Warriors.

If you are interested in bidding for this flag, send your bid to theheritageflag@gmail.com. Be sure to like Heritage Flag Company on Facebook to keep up with who the highest bidder is of the day. This auction ends 9/9/2015 at 11:25pm.

Spread the word, make a bid and support all we are doing together for our military and their families!  

Partnering with Debbie Lee


Fellowship Church with Ed Young and Revolution Church with Zak White had the honor to have Debbie Lee come and speak truth about our freedom as a nation. Debbie Lee is a Gold Star mother of a fallen Navy SEAL, and she understands the cost of freedom on a level that we will never comprehend. Yet, she helps us see how the freedom we have today can lead us to where God wants to take us tomorrow. We encourage you to watch her two messages above as she shares her story and the story of her son, fallen Navy SEAL Marc Lee. 

C3 Global is honored to partner with Debbie Lee and America's Mighty Warriors to host a very special retreat to serve Navy SEAL Gold Star Families. At our Gold Star Family Retreat, it is our goal to let these families know that their sacrifice will never be forgotten. 

We would like to make a few opportunities available to you as we support these Gold Star Families and Debbie Lee. 

Invite Debbie Lee to speak at your church. Debbie’s message is one that will undoubtedly resonate. Invite Debbie to share with your church, and experience a testimony unmatched by any others. You can contact her here.

Support the Gold Star Family Retreat. Each August, Americans Mighty Warriors and C3 Global partner together to host a Navy SEAL Gold Star Family retreat at Allaso Ranch. If you would like to learn more about this retreat or find out how you can help serve these families, please click here.

Together, let us do all that we can to spread the message and to support these families!

The Intentional Marriage


Not a year goes by when you are not focusing on preparing for one or more teaching series on marriage.  While the preparation may make you think about your own marriage, do you really follow through with what you learn?   I still remember one of Pastor Ed’s first talks on marriage under a tent outside the High School where Fellowship Church first began.  I still remember his three point outline after over 20 years.  Here it goes:

Point number one:  Marriage takes work.
Point number two:  Marriage takes work.
Point number three: Marriage takes work.

There you go;  a pretty simple outline for your next sermon on marriage.  So what’s the real point?  INTENTIONALITY.

1.      BE INTENTIONAL about keeping close.  Making sure you have at least a couple significant conversations each day.   This may mean telling a meaningful story or two about your day, not just going over the schedule and telling your spouse what you did.  Tell her how what you did impacted you.

2.     BE INTENTIONAL on working to resolve the emotional “pinches” that cause us just a little pain.  We often think it’s no big deal, so we ignore the pain and move on through the day without revisiting the conversation.  That doesn’t mean we address every single issue.  That’s like therapy all day and who wants that?  Maybe me, but that’s another blog point!

3.     BE INTENTIONAL about keeping your dreams at the forefront of your weekly conversations.  Without a vision, people perish; without dreams, marriages wither and die as well.   Talk about your future together, whether it’s about  next week, next year or next decade.  Remind each other that you two are a team, not just in ministry but in life.

4.     BE INTENTIONAL about modeling fresh vulnerability to others.  Pastors Ed and Lisa have consistently modeled their marriage and family as being riddled with humanity.   We all know the truth of that but it’s always easier to say than to do. When I hear of the struggles of others, especially my leaders, it makes me feel really good about being real in my own marriage.

5.     BE INTENTIONAL about being positive with each other.  Oftentimes the ones we love the most are the ones we let down our guard with.  Kindness, consideration, and respect are never out of style.  Keep up with encouraging each other.  When was the last time you asked your spouse, “how could I pray for you today?”


Dr. Cude is an active member of Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas. He and his wife, Ann are active in the Marriage Ministry having led the newlywed seminar since 1990. As a family, they enjoy baseball, golf, ping pong, and hanging out together. 

Dr. Jonathan Cude
Las Colinas Counseling Center, P.A.

Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from TWU (1991)
M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Southwestern Seminary (1984)
B.A. in Psychology from Baylor University (1980)
Internship at Southwest Family Institute (Dallas)
Professional licenses held in Texas as both a Licensed Professional Counselor and as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Family: Married for nearly 25 years to Ann. Two boys: Chris and Jon Michael

1991 to Current: Private Practice
1989 to 1991: Cedars Hospital in DeSoto, Texas, Clinical Director of Christian Program
1988-1989: DFW Medical Center CareUnit, Family Therapist on Chemical Dependancy Unit
1981-1988: Minister of Youth, FBC, Irving

For more resources please see below:
-Creative Marriage  By Ed and Lisa Young
-What's Love Got to Do With It?  Series by Ed Young
-Marriage in Ministry & Woman in Ministry  Webinars with Ed & Lisa Young and Julie Richard of Lake Hills Church