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Staff Role Changes Update

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If you’re alive, you're changing. Without you even realizing it, the cells in your body are dying and being replaced at the rate of somewhere around 50-70 billion cells per day. You’re not exactly the same as you were yesterday … and you won’t be the same tomorrow.

Organizations are always changing, too. We’ve gone through a lot of change in the past year and we’re excited about what it means for our future. Phil, our lead pastor, joined the team at the beginning of March. As you can imagine, that has brought ongoing changes to the staff and the roles that each of us fill. There are three specific changes that we wanted to let you know about.

First, Robin Kluever, who has been our kids pastor since fall of 2014, will be adding Family Ministry (what we refer to as @home ministry) to her scope of responsibilities. That means she will be the point person for developing events and resources that specifically help parents and couples to discover and live God’s way in their homes. She’ll continue to lead our kids ministries as well. Robin’s passion, years of experience, and heart for kids and families makes her the perfect fit for this role.

Second, Steve Finkill, who has most recently been leading our family ministry as well as filling in with preaching on the weekends when we were in the lead pastor search, will be shifting to the role of Executive Pastor of Ministry. Steve will oversee the staff that serve in the areas of Worship, Communications, Care/Missions, Adult Discipleship, Kids, and Students. Steve has experience in leading teams in many different church environments both as a staff member and as a consultant. We’re confident he’ll serve these teams well.

Finally, Fred Vojtsek, who has served as the Executive Pastor for the past few years, will shift to the role of Executive Pastor of Strategy and Staff Development. Fred has helped to guide the staff and leaders of Eastern Hills through the change process of the last few years. Now, he’ll move into a more strategic role of helping us to keep the big picture in mind as we plan and work on the day-to-day stuff of ministry. In addition, Fred will serve as a staff coach, helping staff members in the areas of personal and vocational development. Fred’s background in both strategic planning and executive coaching make him the ideal candidate for this role.

As we continue to grow and develop as an organization, we’ll experience more change in the future. In all of it, we continue to look to God to guide us as we follow Him.

If you’re interested in getting to know the rest of the staff, visit the staff page under the About Us section.

The Gospel is for Everyone

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Someone said to me the other day, “I am tired of hearing words like the Gospel... I don’t even know what that means.”

I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t know how to respond. I know what that term means, but how do I say it without using other terms that are probably just as confusing??

I could tell this guy that the Gospel is ‘a sanctified message regarding the divine birth, life, death, and resurrection of our Savior that started an ecclesiastical revolution.

At that point, I should just brace for a punch to the neck... that response is obviously absurd.

But yet, we as Christians often choose to speak in these elevated terms. I am honestly not sure why. Does anyone really think that it is helpful?

Perhaps we are insecure. Maybe we don’t totally get it ourselves, and just want to sound like we do. Possibly it makes us feel like we fit in when we talk that way.

Well, on behalf of everyone in Churchianity, I am sorry. We’ve tended to make this unbelievable message about Jesus surprisingly complicated. No one should have to obtain a decoder ring in order to learn about the Gospel of Jesus.

People who want to get their message out shouldn’t make it complicated. Take music for example: Beiber doesn’t write overly complicated songs. It is part of what makes him successful (that and his unpredictably stunning instagram selfies).

If the Beebs sang exceptionally convoluted lyrics, he would demonstrate that either...

  1. he doesn’t know his audience
  2. or simply doesn’t care about them.

I think the Church has struggled at times because of problem #1. But what happens is that people often perceive it as problem #2. And that is a major issue.

When the Church doesn’t know its audience by failing to make the Gospel message simple and attractive, the result is that people walk away thinking that the Church doesn’t care about them. Which could ultimately lead them to think that God doesn’t care about them either.


The truth is that the Gospel is for Everyone. It’s a simple truth that demonstrates that we care, because God cares. In fact to say that He just cares, is an understatement; He loves. The Gospel is the pinnacle of how

He communicates that love... and there’s no sense in complicating that.

Is it too late to say sorry now?

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