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Back to School: How to Pray for Our Students

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The time is upon us - that time which is usually welcomed by parents, but dreaded by students everywhere: back to school! While we look forward to the new and interesting opportunities ahead for our families, we also know the hustle and bustle of the school season is about to take over and consume most of our waking moments.A productive way to prepare for the challenges th...

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My Experience in Church Planting

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My first experience in church planting was 9 years ago in Washington state. We had always been attenders and to be quite honest, I really had never committed myself or any of our time to any church we were a part of. We were just "too busy." We had a young son, were serving in outreach ministry, and Aaron traveled during the week. Church on Sunday was a negotiable and oft...

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Men: Why Church Plants Need You

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Planting a church requires all-hands-on-deck. Men, women, teenagers, and children all contribute in significant ways to seeing a new church come to life. The organizational needs required to make a church a church are tremendous: facility logistics, greeters, kids workers, and coffee pots (seriously). As we set out to plant the Trails, I am praying we see committed, sacrif...

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Time, Talent, Treasure

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One of the most difficult tasks for church leadership is rallying its members to be excited about serving in the church. When the pastor preaches about servanthood and contributing to the needs of the body, Christians harmoniously nod their heads in agreement. However, members often look to the person next to them to step up, rather than courageously using their own gifts ...

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Church Offices and Sunday Location

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One of the main questions every church has to think through is where they will meet. While a building is not actually the church, a building is a tremendous help in church planting. A good building makes it possible to gather people together and also reach people with the good news of Jesus Christ. Our Sunday Worship Location When Boyer Elementary was announced to open...

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Letter from Amy Newton: Director of Trails Kids

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Dear Church, I am humbled to accept the role as Director of Trails Kids and greatly look forward to what God has in store for us as a church in the days to come. For those of you that may not know me well, I have spent most of my career among young children. My degree is in early education and after teaching in the classroom for a number of years, I transitioned into chur...

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A Pastor's Prayer

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I remember as a soon-to-be dad feeling a deep love for our children. Even before I had seen them, God had placed in my heart a strong desire to know, protect, and care for our kids. Being a father is a gift I treasure, and my love for our children has grown even greater with time. In a similar way, the closer we get to planting, the more aware I am of my love for the peop...

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A Gospel-Formed Identity

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As a boy, we would go and visit my grandparents in East Texas. These trips were filled with outdoor adventures and shooting things, eating cornbread and shelling peas. I loved it.I loved my grandpa. I loved clearing fence lines and gathering brush with him. I loved singing beside him at church on Sunday morning. Before we would go to church, or out into the community, I r...

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A Culture of Discipleship

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The mission statement of the Trails is simple and focused: To glorify God by making disciples through the gospel, in community, and on mission. This is mantra that will help keep our eyes fixed on the center of the target. It also provides a filter through which we can assess emphases, projects, and the overall culture of our church. We want to plant a church with a cultur...

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Introducing The Trails Church

We are excited to announce The Trails Church first video, where Matt Boswell introduces the vision for our new church. ...

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