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ENGAGING WORSHIP

Reflecting on the last twelve months, it has been a true joy to watch the people of God at Schweitzer worship Him with energy and excitement. Across five Sunday services, I am so encouraged seeing people gather and bridge generational, stylistic and even socio-economic divides to glorify God and continuing to engage with what He is doing in this place.

Our Worship and Creative teams have done a lot of really significant work even outside of the Sunday mornings we typically think of. Our Christmas Eve services were some of the best-attended services we've had in recent history, and the extra services around the Lenten season were particularly profound. The movement from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday, not to mention Ash Wednesday truly helped us engage with God's rhythms in new ways.

This year has also had some significant additions to our more creative worship endeavours. Schweitzer Creative produced our first album, The Psalms Project, that was released one song per week in our app in the midst of the coinciding sermon series. Our Worship and Creative teams partnered with our Kids Ministry to make VBS an awesome place for kids to worship alongside Youth and Adult volunteers, and this year we had our first ever Morning of Worship on Labor Day Weekend. Between the Modern and Traditional styles of worship, a continuous, four-hour period of worship took place in the Sanctuary and allowed our congregation to join together in a unique way and dig deeper into how God wants to be worshipped.

Jason Leininger, Executive Pastor

Jason Leininger
Executive Pastor

Jason Leininger, Executive Pastor

Reflecting on the last twelve months, it has been a true joy to watch the people of God at Schweitzer worship Him with energy and excitement. Across five Sunday services, I am so encouraged seeing people gather and bridge generational, stylistic and even socio-economic divides to glorify God and continuing to engage with what He is doing in this place.

Our Worship and Creative teams have done a lot of really significant work even outside of the Sunday mornings we typically think of. Our Christmas Eve services were some of the best-attended services we've had in recent history, and the extra services around the Lenten season were particularly profound. The movement from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday, not to mention Ash Wednesday truly helped us engage with God's rhythms in new ways.

This year has also had some significant additions to our more creative worship endeavours. Schweitzer Creative produced our first album, The Psalms Project, that was released one song per week in our app in the midst of the coinciding sermon series. Our Worship and Creative teams partnered with our Kids Ministry to make VBS an awesome place for kids to worship alongside Youth and Adult volunteers, and this year we had our first ever Morning of Worship on Labor Day Weekend. Between the Modern and Traditional styles of worship, a continuous, four-hour period of worship took place in the Sanctuary and allowed our congregation to join together in a unique way and dig deeper into how God wants to be worshipped.

Jason Leininger
Executive Pastor

Sundays

Sundays are key times for the people of God to gather together, and Schweitzer is no exception! Using different elements in each service—music, videos, preaching, prayer and more—we do our best to help people engage with God.

I've learned worship is about being completely present in the presence of the Holy Spirit and saying, 'Here I am, Lord, my all is for You. Not just this worship service, but every moment of every day!'
—Deric Bacon
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This year, our Creative team has seriously ramped up their output, producing not only each week's sermons for streaming, but bringing a full length album to fruition, graphics, bumper videos, short films, photos, our new website and more to our local and global communities.

My husband and I listen to the sermons on our computer every week. My husband has difficulty walking so this is the only way we can connect with Schweitzer.
—Bettie Heatherly

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DEEPER DISCIPLESHIP

DEEPER DISCIPLESHIP

Jake Hotchkiss, Associate Pastor

When it comes to discipleship, it’s our sense that most American Christians only touch the surface. They might attend worship. They might serve. They might even study the Bible! Yet their lives are not being radically and continuously transformed by their devotion to Jesus Christ, and we can't help but wonder why.

We believe that the key component that is often found missing in America's churches today is true, Christian community. This isn't a relationship where we simply hang out together on Sunday mornings, but rather it's one where we pursue God together and watch over one another in love. It is through these types of relationships that we are most radically transformed into the likeness of Christ.

For this reason, Schweitzer is committed to becoming a community with a lot of sub-communities where this deeper discipleship can happen. Over the past twelve months, I'm excited to report that we have seen these sub-communities grow in numbers, and most importantly, we're hearing stories of people within these communities come alive in their faith.

Jake Hotchkiss
Associate Pastor

When it comes to discipleship, it’s our sense that most American Christians only touch the surface. They might attend worship. They might serve. They might even study the Bible! Yet their lives are not being radically and continuously transformed by their devotion to Jesus Christ, and we can't help but wonder why.

We believe that the key component that is often found missing in America's churches today is true, Christian community. This isn't a relationship where we simply hang out together on Sunday mornings, but rather it's one where we pursue God together and watch over one another in love. It is through these types of relationships that we are most radically transformed into the likeness of Christ.

For this reason, Schweitzer is committed to becoming a community with a lot of sub-communities where this deeper discipleship can happen. Over the past twelve months, I'm excited to report that we have seen these sub-communities grow in numbers, and most importantly, we're hearing stories of people within these communities come alive in their faith.

Jake Hotchkiss, Associate Pastor

Jake Hotchkiss
Associate Pastor

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In church, it's hard for me to meet people and I feel like you need people to grow closer to God. But in Classes, you find like-minded people and can really dig into faith together and ultimately grow closer to God in the process.
—Matt Mauzy

ALL GENERATIONS

ALL GENERATIONS

One thing that excites me about Schweitzer being a church of all generations is multi-generational relationships. You see them all over the church—sometimes they are Spiritual Guide relationships, sometimes they are M.O.P.S. Moms and Mentor Moms and you can even see them in the Fellowship Center on Sundays. It's really great that we have these kinds of relationships forming organically as well as in the midst of different ministries.

Another thing that gets me excited is that we have lots of ministries for all generations. We don't simply focus on Kids Ministry, Youth Ministry or Adult ministries, we really do our best to help people of every generation have a place to plug in. There are things happening here every day of the week for every age group, and when we look at the ministries, we can see these multi-generational relationships forming and growing.

Mary Decker, Chief Operating Officer

Mary Decker
Chief Operating Officer

Mary Decker, Chief Operating Officer

One thing that excites me about Schweitzer being a church of all generations is multi-generational relationships. You see them all over the church—sometimes they are Spiritual Guide relationships, sometimes they are M.O.P.S. Moms and Mentor Moms and you can even see them in the Fellowship Center on Sundays. It's really great that we have these kinds of relationships forming organically as well as in the midst of different ministries.

Another thing that gets me excited is that we have lots of ministries for all generations. We don't simply focus on Kids Ministry, Youth Ministry or Adult ministries, we really do our best to help people of every generation have a place to plug in. There are things happening here every day of the week for every age group, and when we look at the ministries, we can see these multi-generational relationships forming and growing.

Mary Decker
Chief Operating Officer

Kids

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Kids Ministry is so much bigger than Sunday mornings. With Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), Grow to Know Preschool and Sundays and Wednesday nights there is a place for children and their families to gather together and deepen their relationships with God and the community.

About a year after I joined MOPS, I had lost both my parents. During that difficult season, the Mentor Moms of MOPS came around me and supported me, and continue to do so even today. It is incredible to be part of a group of women like that.
—Christina Carter
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youth

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Our Youth Ministry does a lot on campus and off-campus. They have student-led worship each Wednesday night, as well as adult-led small groups. It is a beautiful training ground where "one generation speaks to another" about what it means to make their faith their own and to impact the world for Christ.

Bud Meyer spoke to the students recently. He's engaging, relatable, real and filled with wisdom that students desire. Don't ever let the world tell you that you are too old, too detached or 'not cool enough' to engage with someone younger on a faith level. Bud doesn't, and the kingdom of God is reaping rewards.
—Tim Smith
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caring hearts

More. That's the best way I can describe what's happened in the last twelve months. We have more people serving in these ministries and we're reaching more people, but this story isn't about numbers. When I see these ministries grow in number and capacity, I see Schweitzer's heart growing in God's compassion.

From starting college to losing a loved one, our Snail Mail ministry sends cards to people going through all sorts of life events. I love that Schweitzer celebrates creativity and technology, but this "low-tech" ministry provides care in a tactile way: these cards give people compassion they can hold. This isn't the only tactile care ministry we have—more members of our church are going and making hospital visits or home visits to parts of our church body who can't join us otherwise.

The best thing about Caring Hearts ministries is that they pop up organically. They live and breathe and have a profound impact on the lives of the people they touch. People will stop me on the street and tell me thanks, but to be honest, I usually don't have that much to do with it! We're equipping people and unleashing them to serve in places that make their faith come alive.

Jim Mason, Associate Pastor of Pastoral Care

Jim Mason
Associate Pastor

Jim Mason, Associate Pastor of Pastoral Care

More. That's the best way I can describe what's happened in the last twelve months. We have more people serving in these ministries and we're reaching more people, but this story isn't about numbers. When I see these ministries grow in number and capacity, I see Schweitzer's heart growing in God's compassion.

From starting college to losing a loved one, our Snail Mail ministry sends cards to people going through all sorts of life events. I love that Schweitzer celebrates creativity and technology, but this "low-tech" ministry provides care in a tactile way: these cards give people compassion they can hold. This isn't the only tactile care ministry we have—more members of our church are going and making hospital visits or home visits to parts of our church body who can't join us otherwise.

The best thing about Caring Hearts ministries is that they pop up organically. They live and breathe and have a profound impact on the lives of the people they touch. People will stop me on the street and tell me thanks, but to be honest, I usually don't have that much to do with it! We're equipping people and unleashing them to serve in places that make their faith come alive.

Jim Mason
Associate Pastor

care ministries

 

From the moment a person walks through our doors to some of life’s toughest seasons, the Schweitzer community is dedicated to offering generous hospitality and caring for people.

I just wanted to thank you for all of your love and support this past year. You were always there for Mom and Dad when they needed you.
—Roger Garrison
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Hospitality

Caring Hearts extends beyond the Care Team Ministry. People at Schweitzer also organically care for each other. Hospitality matters, it is important to show up and enjoy life together.

My heart is filled with gratitude when I receive your beautiful handmade card each month. I don’t know the name of your team or "leader," but your kindness always brightens my day.
—Jane Wilhite
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care ministries


From the moment a person walks through our doors to some of life’s toughest seasons, the Schweitzer community is dedicated to offering generous hospitality and caring for people.

I just wanted to thank you for all of your love and support this past year. You were always there for Mom and Dad when they needed you.
—Roger Garrison
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Hospital Visits
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Hospitality

Caring Hearts extends beyond the Care Team Ministry. People at Schweitzer also organically care for each other. In the words of Jim Mason, “Hospitality matters, it is important to show up and enjoy life together.”

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My heart is filled with gratitude when I receive your beautiful handmade card each month. I don’t know the name of your team or “leader," but your kindness always brightens my day.
—Jane Wilhite

community impact

It is nearly impossible to quantify the amount of life change that happens in a person's life, let alone how many people have experienced true life change. However, that does not stop me from rejoicing week to week with people who step onto the stage Sunday evenings and give witness to what God is doing in their lives. These stories of God's faithfulness range from "another day clean and sober" to "I was reunited with my child for the first time in months," and each one of these is a reminder that God is reconciling the world to Himself—the work of the Cross and Resurrection is still happening today. Jesus calls us to the Harvest field, and what a privilege it is to lead the few who answer that call!

From my vantage point as a "director," the thing that gets me most excited is seeing my team of eight leaders lead fourteen ministries with passion and vigor, and it is a thrill to be able to support them. When I was a member, but not on staff at Schweitzer, I had no idea of the breadth and depth these fourteen ministries have. I might have heard about one or two of them from time to time, but in my current position, I can see everything and I thank God for the work that He is doing in our community through the faithful at Schweitzer.

David Freeman, Director of Community Impact

David Freeman
Director of Community Impact

David Freeman, Director of Community Impact

It is nearly impossible to quantify the amount of life change that happens in a person's life, let alone how many people have experienced true life change. However, that does not stop me from rejoicing week to week with people who step onto the stage Sunday evenings and give witness to what God is doing in their lives. These stories of God's faithfulness range from "another day clean and sober" to "I was reunited with my child for the first time in months," and each one of these is a reminder that God is reconciling the world to Himself—the work of the Cross and Resurrection is still happening today. Jesus calls us to the Harvest field, and what a privilege it is to lead the few who answer that call!

From my vantage point as a "director," the thing that gets me most excited is seeing my team of eight leaders lead fourteen ministries with passion and vigor, and it is a thrill to be able to support them. When I was a member, but not on staff at Schweitzer, I had no idea of the breadth and depth these fourteen ministries have. I might have heard about one or two of them from time to time, but in my current position, I can see everything and I thank God for the work that He is doing in our community through the faithful at Schweitzer.

David Freeman
Director of Community Impact

A Timeline of Events

a timeline of events

Pittman Elementary Partnership

Since 2008, Schweitzer has come together and partnered with Pittman Elementary school. Starting with a tutoring program, our partnership has grown to include:

  • The Good News Club, an after-school program
  • The Cents of Pride store, a place where kids can buy things with money earned for good behavior, attendance, and more.
  • A back-to-school BBQ lunch for the teachers
  • A chapter of All-Pro Dads
  • and more!
Hear the full story »

Life Change Plan

The Life Change Plan is a year-long program that merges personal spiritual disciplines (reading Scripture, journaling, attending a worship service, giving, etc.) with practical, real-life training through some of our other classes and resources, including:

  • Jobs for Life, a course that helps students grow in character while developing the necessary job skills to find employment
  • Alpha, a course that teaches the fundamentals of the Christian faith and provides a safe place for questions and candid discussion.
  • Faith & Finances, a course that equips people and families with a Biblical vision for how the comprehensive healing power of Jesus Christ can encompass their finances.
  • Weekly meetings with a mentor

We captured the stories of three current participants on video, and they each have powerful and unique testimonies of God at work in their lives through the discipline of staying connected to the local body of believers at Schweitzer.

Hear their stories »
The Life Change plan has given me a community and a glimmer of hope. I don’t have to worry about the future—I just have to keep my eyes on God and He’ll take care of the rest.
—Amber O'Neil