Spring 2017 Transformation Sunday
May 17, 2017 by Relevant Community



On Sunday, we celebrated Transformation Sunday. At Relevant, we pause 3 times a year to recognize some of the transforming work God has done in people’s lives, within Relevant, and through Relevant over the past trimester. It was awesome to look back over the past 4 months and celebrate the transforming work God is doing in people’s lives and within our church. Here’s a recap.


3 Transforming Things God Did In and Through Relevant:


1. We made prayer better.

Relevant’s vision theme for 2017 is “Make It Better”. One of the key areas to “Make it Better” this year is “Make PRAYER Better”. For God to transform us into who He wants us to be so we live as a transforming church, we must be a church that seeks God by “praying first” in everything we do. So, this past January, we launched monthly Prayer and Worship nights, where we gather together to (1) call on God to move in lives, church, community, and world, (2) have an extended period of time in worship, and (3) take communion. As we’ve become more committed to pray together, God has moved! We’ve experienced God’s presence together, we’ve seen God answer prayers, and we’ve grown in our relationships with Jesus.


2. God confirmed again.

One of the main initiatives we are undertaking to transform our community is the building of The Relevant Center on a 10-acre piece of land on Maple/Elkhorn Drive. Our goal is to build and occupy The Relevant Center by Christmas of 2018. In order to have any chance of that happening, we need to start grading the land around June. Due to some significant complications in April, it looked like we may not be able to start doing that until August or September, which would actually have put us behind at least 6-8 months. For weeks, many of us prayed fervently that God would confirm His plan for us to be in by Christmas of 2018 by removing the complications and making it possible for the land to start being graded in June. At the end of April, we found out that GOD ANSWERED THAT PRAYER! It was like God was saying, “I’m in this. Keep going!


3. Lives were forever changed.

At Relevant, we are committed to do everything we can to reach people far from Jesus and the church, by creating a church un-churched people love to be a part of. That happens because of ALL of us. Relevant has grown to be more committed to investing in un-churched people, inviting them into Relevant, and then everyone relentless loving people who were invited right where they are. We saw our passionate pursuit to reach people pay off through 1400 people gathering together on Easter to hear the message of Jesus. Even more awesome than that, is that 25 people put their faith in Jesus last trimester…25 lives and eternities were forever changed through Relevant last trimester!!!



On Transformation Sunday, we shared the story of someone whose life was forever changed by God through Relevant last trimester. Check out Dani’s story here:




We had the opportunity to celebrate 15 baptisms…15 people who have put their faith in Jesus by asking Him to be the Forgiver of their sins and Leader of their lives! The following people publicly proclaimed their faith in Jesus through baptism…

  • Noelle Beyl
  • Rheese Houck
  • Tricia Sheer
  • Jana Derry
  • Sam Derry
  • Max Derry
  • Andy Richter
  • Danielle Richter
  • Carol Behrendt
  • Gabriel Peet
  • Josh Edwards
  • Hunter Youngblood
  • Camden Gille
  • Tara Carrier
  • Jake Burnside


Transformation Stories


God is so good! He deserves all our praise and worship! Check out some more stories of the transforming work God has been doing in lives and our church in the last trimester:



Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, TO HIM BE GLORY in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”


Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 @ 8:00 am
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