• Message from pastor Josh

    Hello NLC,

    I pray this email find each of you trusting in God regardless of what the world throws at you! I’m so excited about all that we are seeing God do at NLC! The growth we have seen this summer is truly humbling and only increases our expectation for this fall! The months of June and July are typically the hardest months for church attendance, BUT NLC once again you proved a move of God isn’t held back by past statistics! In June, and so far in July, we have seen 167 first time families fill out a connect card and exactly 50 people receive the free gift of salvation found ONLY in Jesus Christ! THAT’S AWESOME!!!! Our community is growing, our groups are growing, our giving is increasing and we are the healthiest church we’ve ever been! Like a 6 year old child we still have a long ways to go as we work towards being the church we know God has called us to be, but I’m encouraged to see that we are growing in health and influence! IF YOU VOLUNTEER AT NLC...THANK YOU! I know we expect a lot out of our volunteers, but how else does a church that has doubled in attendance continue to grow if those who know Jesus and love His church don’t serve? When you are involved in a movement, there is more expected of you than when you are sitting at a church that is stagnant! When you have dozens of salvations a month, someone has to serve them and I’m SO THANKFUL THAT YOU HAVE GROWN IN YOUR FAITH TO THE POINT WHERE YOU ARE GIVING BACK! The writer of Hebrews said this in the 5th chapter 12th verse, You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God's word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food.

    It always amuses me when some people say “NLC has grown to thousands in 6 years because they aren't deep”. I think we are pretty deep, we preach Jesus, see lives changed and are seeing 300 people serve within the church at all locations each weekend! I guess we would be more “deep” if we stayed stagnant at 200 people and saw very few salvations and taught weekly on things that puff up knowledge but don't change hearts. I’m sorry, but if being deep means you never see people who are disenchanted with the church, I don’t want to be deep. If being deep means you don’t see dozens of people receive the gift of salvation each week, I don’t want to be “deep”. If being deep means that we have to grow slow, I don’t want to be “deep”. If being deep means that we are known by the Christian world but not the community we live in, I don’t want to be “deep”. If being deep means we have to do what everyone has always done which ISN’T working, I don’t want to be “deep”. If being deep is standing up for what you are against instead of what you are for, I don’t want to be "deep".

    If being deep means, you preach the Bible, salvations happen every week, growth happens faster than you can personally contain, thousands of guest attend every year, hundreds of volunteers serve on the weekend, and communities know you exist because of your love and generosity, I WANT TO BE DEEP!

    NLC YOU ARE DEEP - DEEP IN YOUR LOVE FOR THOSE THAT DON’T KNOW JESUS. I’m not sure there’s anything more deep than that and for that I’M HONORED TO BE CALLED YOUR PASTOR! YOU ARE THE MOST SELFLESS CHURCH I’VE EVER SEEN!

    Rescued By His Grace,

    Pastor Josh

    PS. This weekend's “At The Movies” message is my favorite of all three! PLEASE be there and PLEASE bring someone! Their life will never be the same! Also, I’ll be speaking at our Night of Worship on Sunday night at 5pm and I’d love it if you were there! And, if you can make the auction Friday night that would be awesome too!

    Live Weird For HIM,

    Pastor Josh

  • This weekend

    This weekend we finish up the final week of "At The Movies".  We have candy, popcorn, lemonade, and special prize giveaways being handed out this weekend!  


  • Movie Night Tonight!

    Our summer series At The Movies is finally here! We know that this is one of the most anticipated series of the year and to add to the excitement, we will be having a Wreck It Ralph movie night right here in the Portland auditorium! So bring a blanket and your favorite snacks, Movie Night will be TONIGHT July 18th @ 6:30pm. See you there!


  • Message from pastor Josh

    Hey NLC,

    I sincerely hope and pray that you are having a great summer! I know so many of you have been traveling, camping, going to the lakes and beaches, working on your yard and going to various parties. I urge you to keep God a priority in your life even in the midst of a season where everything begs for your attention. This weekend we launch one of the most unique, sought after, exciting, life-changing and fun series of each year called "At The Movies". We have food and drinks in our lobbies, and for the locations that don't meet in a movie theater, your lobbies have been turned into a movie theater! Invite, invite and invite your friends and family to church this weekend - I'm not sure there has ever been a weekend more fitting to bring someone to NLC.

    I love that we are a part of a church that even in the summer sees people far from God moved to life in Christ. I want to share some numbers with you... Obviously in the summer we don't set many attendance records :) in fact, there are weeks we are 300-500 people lower in attendance than our spring average. So, it's easy to just wish summer by without acknowledging all that God is doing. Well, instead of doing that, let's give God praise for what he's done the last 5 weeks at NLC! We've seen 36 people receive Jesus as Lord and Savior, 30 people have signed up to begin volunteering and use their gifts to make an eternal difference, 34 people have made what I believe is a MUST decision and joined a NLC group and we've seen 116 families fill out first time connect cards. THAT'S ALL HAPPENED IN THE LAST FIVE WEEKS!!!! In the heat of summer!!!! Better get to church early this fall if you want a seat :) I love what God is doing at our church and I'm so thankful I get to be a part! The best is surely ahead...I know the vision God's given me and we haven't even left the runway yet. The least churched region of America will be different because God chose to use us...that's AWESOME!

    I'll see you this weekend, remember to stay up to date with what's happening at your location by checking the NLC news pages or reading your location pastor's emails. Tons of fun gatherings are happening at all locations over the next month, so there is no excuse for you to not feel involved and not make new friends!

    P.S. I'd appreciate your prayers, I leave today and come back Friday for a 1 day coaching opportunity with Craig Groeschel and Andy Stanley. Just a handful of pastors in America will be there for this invitation only event and I'm praying God will grow me in many ways through this awesome opportunity and privilege! Thanks for the prayers :)

    Live Weird For HIM,

    Pastor Josh

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