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The Cost of Change — Changes —Rich Wilkerson Jr.
Making a decision to change your life with faith forward is something to celebrate. We may look forward to exciting new opportunities and improved results.
Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. gives us an expectation of what it looks like to create prolonged and meaningful transformation in the message “The Cost of Change” from the collection of talks “Changes”.
Once we begin to step into our new habits, we must be committed to the price of this transformation. Temptation and setbacks are sure to come our way, but when we are loyal to the mission, we will see full spiritual restoration.
|Jan 18, 2021|
An Invitation To Change — Changes —Rich Wilkerson Jr.
The start of new year often symbolizes this one thing: change. A plethora of new resolutions to be stronger, better, smarter, and faster, push us forward as we hope to achieve our goals for the next 12 months. But as glamorous as new change may seem to be, reality proves that meaningful change hardly ever comes by easily. Leading off the first talk of a new collection, “Changes,” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. gives us a guide to initiate positive transformation in a new message called “An Introduction to Change.”Everyone changes but not everyone improves. Thankfully, as we embrace our identity in Jesus, we have the confidence to face our challenges head on, by believing in who he says he is and trusting in who he says we are.
|Jan 11, 2021|
New Me, Who's This? — Manouchka Charles
Have you ever been looking for something and you walked right past it because it didn’t look the same as before? Could this be God’s plan for your life when others see you?In a message kicking off the new year, Pastor Manouchka Charles helps us cast vision for 2021 in the message “New Me, Who’s This?”When God wants to do something new in our lives, we have to rid ourselves of our old ways. Complete transformation comes through aligning ourselves with God and surrendering all that is unlike him. As we remove, God replaces, with a double portion of blessing. People may not recognize the version of you that is clothed in godly strength and humility but this is the "new" that God wants for you.
|Jan 04, 2021|
Reflect Sunday — VOUS Team
As a church, we’ve decided to take this last Sunday to rest and reflect, and boy, has 2020 given us a lot to think about.
Join the VOUS Team looking back on all the good that has happened in the life of VOUS Church this year. We hope this walk through memory lane inspires you to reminisce on your own good times.
Though this marks the last Sunday of the year, we know the future is bright. Thank you for walking the journey with us. Onward to 2021!
|Dec 28, 2020|
Gods Dysfunctional Family — Christmas With Vous — Rich Wilkerson Jr.
When we read into the lineage of Jesus it is clear that the build up to the Christmas story was far from perfect.In a Christmas special, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. speaks on the subject “God’s Dysfunctional Family” to let us know that God is not afraid of our humanity.Regardless of our bloodline and personal histories, our value comes from our association with Jesus. Don’t let the rejection of others override the approval of God. He is ready to make something beautiful out of our messy stories.
|Dec 21, 2020|
To God Be The Glory — Play the Long Game — Rich Wilkerson Jr.
Seeds are rarely raved about, perhaps it’s because it’s the fruit that signal a miracle. But as believers we must recognize that our God sows blessings in seed format and produces a harvest all for his glory. In a final installment of the “Play the Long Game” collection, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. preaches “To God Be The Glory” where we are reminded every seed we plant today can tell generations to come of the goodness of our savior. It is the work ethic of proper seed sowing, planting, and tending that produces longevity of a vision. Through consistent care and generosity, we can be encouraged that others beyond our generation will reap from the harvest.
|Dec 14, 2020|
Can You See It? — Play The Long Game — DawnCheré Wilkerson
The “see it to believe it” mindset clashes with the faith-filled patience required for believers. In fact, our belief in God hinges on our trust in the very thing we do not see.Although the world would offer us an encyclopedia of excuses to lose sight of what God is trying to do, through faith we are offered a glimpse at the bigger picture. In an installment of the “Play The Long Game” collection, Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson opens our eyes in the talk “Can You See It?”In this long game, when we don’t see our dreams come to fruition instantly, we can fix our eyes on the one who can. Whether we can see it or not our faith is the very assurance that propels us to a hopeful future.
|Dec 07, 2020|
Long Walk Home — Play The Long Game — Earl McClellan
You may find yourself in a distant place and unsure of how to get back home. Many times we haven’t lost our way, but rather think we are too far to return.
As we continue the collection “Play the Long Game,” Pastor Earl McClellan talks on a “Long Walk Home,” reminding us that we are never too far away.
Wherever we may find ourselves God’s loving arms are always waiting to run towards us. Once he embraces us and restores us we should never forget that people along our path helped us get back. Let us never grow so comfortable as to not leave our homes and help others that are on their way. God is ridiculously generous toward us. Let us be the same towards others.
|Nov 29, 2020|
Gradual Gains — Play The Long Game — Rich Wilkerson Jr.
Without clear markers it’s impossible to see your progress. The result isn’t always readily apparent because sometimes it’s small. But God is working inch by inch.
In the continuation of the “Play the Long Game” collection, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. challenges us to appreciate the “Gradual Gains.” It’s the small marks that God is creating daily that come together to tell the ultimate work of his grace.
Slowly but surely, God prunes and sharpens us for more. As his grander plan for our lives is measured in seasons rather than seconds.
|Nov 23, 2020|
A Just Cause — Vision Sunday — Rich Wilkerson Jr.
Know that when it comes to God’s preparation, design, and plan for your life, it is never rushed and never delayed. It is done with excellence. Sometimes, this timing is longer than what you had planned. In a culture that glorifies instant gratification, it can seem painful and counterintuitive to accept.
Kicking off the new series and vision for 2021, “Play the Long Game”, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. shares “A Just Cause”, which lays out a safety net for enduring the setbacks and hardships in reaching goals and growth throughout life.
Enduring the hardship requires commitment to our Godly calling. Further, when we prepare for the battle, manage the monotony, and continue to clarify our calling, we can be confident that we will not just endure, but be more than conquerors stepping in to our future.
|Nov 16, 2020|
Loud But Little — Endure — Rich Wilkerson Jr.
Our present suffering can push us to wonder, “Are we there yet?” It’s a question full of anxious expectation. In the encouraging message, “Loud, but Little” from the “Endure” collection of talks, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. shares that God’s loving response to our question is, “In a little while.” Jesus tells his followers that the enemy is like a roaring lion seeking to devour our very lives. But while Satan can talk a big game, he doesn’t have the power to overtake us - Jesus has already won the battle for us. So, let’s not be distracted by the intimidating roars coming from our temporary oppressions, for in a little while, God will bring the restoration we have been seeking.
|Nov 09, 2020|
Humility Looks Good On You — Endure — Manouchka Charles
The world often teaches us to chase after recognition, to be top in our class and chase after fancy titles. But Jesus, the greatest man in history, had none of the above, but still gave his all.
In a convicting installment of the Endure collection, Pastor Manouchka Charles prompts us to check our hearts in the message “Humility Looks Good on You.”
Humility looks the best on us when we decide to firmly put our pride to the side. When we choose to make God our number one, his glory is on full display in us. We tend to look and act differently when we clothe ourselves with humility! We quickly realize that God can move through us when we mark our lives with humbleness. So when deciding on what to wear, let’s dress for success, clothing ourselves in the promises of God with an extra layer of humility!
|Nov 02, 2020|
Your Contribution in God's Kingdom — Endure — Adrian Molina and Marty Solomon
|Oct 30, 2020|
The Road To Glory — Endure — Dakota Duron
Life is like one big road trip, accompanied by pit stops and speed bumps along the way. At times we can find ourselves questioning our destination. Yet, despite the unknown road, we can allow God to set our paths straight and use all things for his glory.
In a message from the “Endure” collection, Pastor Dakota Duran highlights “The Road to Glory.” As believers, we are called to glorify and honor God in all that we do. Although we have different spiritual gifts we can be faithful stewards of what God has granted us and find innovative ways to maximize his ministry.
God’s glory isn’t just reserved for Sundays, as we love deeply and remain faithful we are posturing ourselves to serve others. Serving God’s people is the byproduct of his grace and the ultimate way we give Him the glory
|Oct 25, 2020|
How To Suffer Well— Endure —Rich Wilkerson
When it rains it pours! Yet thankfully when the roof caves in we don’t have to suffer alone.
In an installment of the Endure collection, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. illustrates “How to Suffer Well.” We are reminded that our source of hope is not the absence of suffering but the presence of our savior.
When pressure hits us on the outside we can rely on the peace that is planted on the inside. As the Church, we can lead the way being a symbol to the world that a life with Jesus is not a life free of suffering but a life full of endurance.
|Oct 18, 2020|
5 Keys to Relationship Endurance — Endure — Rich & DawnCheré Wilkerson
The quality of our lives depends on the quality of our relationships. We can’t win in life if we’re not winning in our relationships—and the enemy wants to keep them broken.
In “5 Keys to Relationship Endurance,” part of the “Endure” collection of talks, Pastors Rich and DawnCheré Wilkerson share how to be mission-minded in our relationships. The world sees the love of Jesus through our relationships.
When we steward our marriages, celebrate the strengths of those we’re in relationship with, let our behaviors show our beliefs, and put our hope in the eternal, God will be glorified.
|Oct 11, 2020|
Does the Bible Endorse Slavery? — Endure — Rich Wilkerson Jr. interviews Dr. Allen Tennison
|Oct 09, 2020|
Please Excuse The Mess — Endure — Rich Wilkerson Jr.
Life can often feel like a construction zone with tons of caution signs, detours, and debris. Don’t fret and don’t quit, God has a vision for your life that he is shaping from the rubble.In an installment of the “Endure” collection,” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. reminds us in the talk “Please Excuse the Mess” that endurance of the faith journey, requires us to know we are constantly under construction.So what do we when it feels like we don’t measure up? Or when the construction project doesn’t have a foreseeable end? Just stick with Jesus. It’s our daily walk with him that makes all the difference. Our relationship with the living Stone-a firm foundation, will purify our hearts and sustain us in becoming a people of great endurance.
|Oct 04, 2020|
Ever Since... — Endure — DawnCheré Wilkerson
Through trial and triumph, life marks us. Over the years, there are defining moments, incidents, and milestones that present an opportunity for us to reflect.
Pastor DawnCheré shares that what truly defines us as Christ-followers is the presence of God in this second installment, “Ever Since...“, of the “Endure” collection.
The ultimate “ever since” moment of history, Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection from the grave, makes it so that every disappointment holds divine redemption. Our living hope hinges on every act of our Savior. We can live holy lives because he lived a holy life. So, let it be our call to action to reflect Jesus.
|Sep 27, 2020|
How To Carry Pain — Endure — Rich Wilkerson Jr.
Life is not always about conquering, often it’s simply about enduring. Even as we are called to be more than conquerors, we are also called to stand firm. Kicking off the “Endure” collection of talks, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. demonstrates “How To Carry Pain” and walk in purpose as the Church. The inevitability of pain can either lead us into conformity or push us into the hope, help, and healing found in Jesus. When we remember we are God’s chosen misfits, we can see that the chaos around us does not have to get inside of us.
|Sep 21, 2020|
Preach To Your Problem — 5 Year Anniversary — Rich Wilkerson Jr.
You may think your circumstance is crushing you but what if it’s actually pulling you closer to God’s heart? Although celebration doesn’t seem like the natural response in the face of problems, we serve the God that can speak through our pain.
In a 5 year celebratory message, pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. empowers us through the talk, “Preach to your Problem”. Undoubtedly, life brings many challenges but God’s grace is always sufficient through the speed bumps.
Our fears may create mountains, but our faith smoothens them into valleys. When we decide to stand firm in our commitment to trust God, our mountains become the materials for our miracle.
|Sep 13, 2020|
Dear 2020, — Day by Day — Manouchka Charles
A note to everyone living in 2020, God is not done with your story yet. It’s not time to pack up the vision board, but instead to look at it with a fresh perspective, one of hope in God’s enduring promises.
In the final installment of the “Day by Day” collection, Pastor Manouchka Charles shares “Dear 2020,” a talk about the faithfulness of God and his ability to work miracles through the habits we choose to develop.
God is not in a rush, nor has our purpose been delayed. This is the year where we can come out stronger. Now more than ever, the world is in need of the Church to move forward in faith. A church with a heart modeled in the image of God. Through daily disciplines, we can radiate the love and hope that is Jesus.
|Sep 06, 2020|
This Must Be the Place — Day by Day — DawnCheré Wilkerson
Did you know celebration is a spiritual discipline that can be cultivated daily? It may seem counterintuitive to rejoice in hardship, but Jesus promises to be our source of strength and joy when our flesh is weak. When we lean on the Lord, we begin to walk in faith, and our perspective changes for the better.
In an installment of the Day by Day collection, Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson shares “This Must Be the Place,” showing that celebration is central to every other discipline in our lives as we follow Jesus. We are given a picture that celebration is a process of transformation from the inside out.
As we choose to celebrate our values, we step into a place of trust and obedience. It is a great exchange in which God gives us gladness for mourning and beauty for ashes. These daily transactions not only renew our heart and strength but allow us to see the fruit that was in our lives all along.
Take a moment to declare today, “This is the best day of my life!” and see how God shifts what is happening on the inside of you.
|Aug 30, 2020|
The Mission of Submission — Day By Day — Adrian Molina
While the ways of the world point us to gain control over our life Jesus calls us to trust him with every detail. How do we as believers loosen our grip on the things we hold so tight? Through submission, a daily practice of surrender that prompts us to fully release all of our desires into the hand of our savior.
Continuing the collection of talks, “Day by Day”, Pastor Adrian Molina opens our eyes to the importance of obedience in the message, “The Mission of Submission”. Here we are given a picture of what submission looks like in our daily lives.
Jesus wants us to experience the positive ramifications of submission and find contentment in trusting his sovereignty. We can pick up our cross daily and acknowledge that when we get under the authority of the Lord, we can overcome every battle.
|Aug 23, 2020|
A Tale of Two Tests — Day by Day — Manouchka Charles
|Aug 16, 2020|
The Reason Why We Sing — Day by Day — Rich Wilkerson Jr.
Have you ever thought about why we sing worship songs? As the Church, we don’t do it to remind God of who he is, rather, to remind of us who God is and who we are in him. It is more than a single act during a Sunday service it is a lifestyle.
In this message, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. reveals “The Reason Why We Sing” from the collection “Day by Day.” He explains that when we worship, it serves as an action on the offensive against the lies of the enemy. Cutting out the lies magnifies God’s enduring love.
In God’s presence, we experience everlasting peace. As we worship we fix our eyes on the author and finisher of our faith.
|Aug 09, 2020|
The Power of Solitude — Day By Day — DawnCheré Wilkerson
Do you find yourself hiding away rather than taking thoughtful time to reflect and listen? Instead of isolation, intentionally turn toward solitude, drawing closer to hear God’s voice.
In this message, Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson reveals the “Power of Solitude” from the collection “Day by Day” unfolding a deeper connection with God.
We can experience the fullness of God’s grace by accepting his holy invitation to pause and focus on his presence. Scheduling time for God to speak allows us to pick up our God-given weapon of peace and wage a war of faith.
|Aug 02, 2020|
3 Ways to Meditate — Day By Day — Rich Wilkerson Jr.
Meditation is hitting life’s brakes in order to pause and ponder. It is choosing to breathe and listen to God in the midst of chaos.
In this teaching, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. unpacks “3 Ways to Meditate” from the collection “Day by Day.”
Although the pace and patterns of our culture encourage a lifestyle of busier, bigger, and faster, when we meditate on the word of God we realize the importance of operating in faith.
It all starts in the mind. Taking the time to meditate on God’s word through prayer, reflection and posture remind us that God’s timeline transcends our own.
|Jul 26, 2020|
Bread, Bullets and Bandages — Day By Day — Rich Wilkerson Jr
When we read the Bible with the intent to discover Jesus, we recognize the word of God is the person of Jesus Christ. Loving Jesus means studying his word day in and day out, to be equipped for all seasons.
In a continuation of the “Day By Day” collection, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. shows us the fulfillment found as we lean on God’s word in the talk “Bread, Bullets and Bandages.” The daily practice of studying the Bible is not a luxury, it is a necessity.
Just as food is vital for our bodies, the word of God is essential for our spiritual survival. As we rely on God’s word, we will find that it sustains us daily, enables us to combat the lies of the enemy, and brings healing from the inside out.
|Jul 19, 2020|
Developing A Prayer Habit — Day By Day – Rich Wilkerson Jr
The activities we participate in daily become our habits. As we continuously practice prayer, it becomes our natural response to life.
Continuing the collection of talks “Day By Day” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. teaches us the power of communicating with God in the message “Developing A Habit Of Prayer.” Prayer is transformational and allows us to get in alignment with God’s will.
A good relationship stands on a foundation of strong communication. When we lean into the practice of prayer, we are transformed and our relationship with God deepens. Through conversation with God, we place our trust in him and receive his peace which surpasses all understanding.
|Jul 12, 2020|
Rich Wilkerson Jr– Day By Day: What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do
Seasons of uncertainty can leave us with many questions and very few answers. A recurring thought is how can we simply survive trying times?Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. kicks off a new collection of talks “Day by Day” with the message “What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do” encouraging us to take our cares to Jesus.God doesn’t want us to just get by, he wants us to master every season. Our habits play a major part in our spiritual growth and our ability to thrive. As we keep prayer, God’s word, and community as our instinctive response God’s presence will be evident in our lives.The key to enduring is found in what we do daily. When we practice our faith, God performs miracles.
|Jul 05, 2020|
DawnCheré Wilkerson — Hello New World, Hello New Heart
2020 seems to be a reckoning year for issues of the heart. It presents yet another opportunity for God to search our hearts and see if they are divided, hard as stone, or completely open to him.In her timely message “Hello, New World. Hello, New Heart.” Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson shares that God offers us the possibility of a new heart.Our challenge today is to make our professed theology match up with our practiced theology. But it will be an impossible task with hearts divided or hardened. And it will be even more impossible for us to change our hearts ourselves—we’ve been so designed by God that only he can bring the healing we need.It will take our wholehearted surrender to God to bring the sudden shift we’ve been desperate for.
|Jun 28, 2020|
A Father’s Day conversation with Rich Wilkerson Jr., Dharius Daniels & Chad Veach
We celebrate dads when we honor, respect, and appreciate the investment they put into our lives.Listen in on the conversation between Pastors Chad Veach, Dharius Daniels, and Rich Wilkerson Jr. as they reflect on all things dad. They share that the gift of love a father gives his children is always greater than what he can receive. It’s the potential of every dad to reflect the love of our Heavenly Father as they step into their role as family leaders.The best coaches in life are dads. They give priceless cues to navigate our journey. A father’s responsibility should not be taken for granted, but cherished. So, cheers to all the fathers out there, especially to our Father God!
|Jun 21, 2020|
Dr. Dharius Daniels - The Church Has Left The Building
In the powerful VOUS Conf Live Sunday message, “The Church Has Left the Building,” Pastor Dharius Daniels shows us that God created and equipped us with the spiritual gifts that will be needed for the problems that exist during the age we’re on Earth.Even though we may be caught off guard by the events going on in our world, God is not surprised, and he built us for a time like this.Just as the Samaritan helped the man who had been robbed, bandaging his wounds and taking care of him, Jesus commands us to, “Go and do likewise.”
|Jun 14, 2020|
Dawncherè Wilkerson — What's The Use?
|Jun 07, 2020|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — I Know a Ghost
Having a helper is a good thing right? After all, two is better than one. But what happens when that helper is someone you cannot see? How do you know your helper will come through for you in a bind? The Holy Spirit counsels us to act according to the fruits of his spirit.In this compelling talk “I Know a Ghost,” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. shares the origin of Pentecost Sunday and explains the eternal attributes of the Holy Spirit who empowers us to do God’s will. Jesus loves us so much that even when he died for us, the story did not end there. Jesus went to heaven and then poured out his spirit to stay alongside us, so we could faithfully navigate life's ups and downs.
|May 31, 2020|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — The Story You Tell Yourself: You'll Live To Tell Your Story
Even though the apostle Paul faced affliction after affliction, the story he told himself was based on faith in God instead of resentment over his suffering.
In “You'll Live To Tell Your Story,” part of “The Story You Tell Yourself” collection, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. reveals how we can shift our perspective with Christ-centered whys.
Following Jesus is not the elimination of suffering—it is the addition of his comfort. If we didn’t go through hardships and pressure, we would never know God was a deliverer.
Our struggles create our stories. Sometimes God lets us hit rock bottom so we can discover he’s the rock at the bottom.
|May 24, 2020|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — The Story You Tell Yourself: How To Ruin Happily Ever After
God has given us all the gift to create narratives with vivid imaginations. Imagination has been key in birthing resourcefulness throughout human history. But is it possible our ability to create stories might be a double-edged sword?
During the talk “How to Ruin Happily Ever After,” from the “The Story You Tell Yourself” collection, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. cautions us to be mindful of the stories we create of one another.
Enabling peace in our relationships requires creating, communicating, and evaluating expectations that are known, achievable, and agreed upon. But even when we fall short, we have another tool to rely on in difficult times—an enduring trust in Jesus. Our belief in him always leads us to discover happily ever after.
|May 17, 2020|
Dawncherè Wilkerson — The Story You Tell Yourself: The Soundtrack to Your Story
There’s power in a great soundtrack. They silence distractions, help set the scene, and are the unsung heroes of any story.
In “The Soundtrack of Your Story,” part of “The Story You Tell Yourself” collection, Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson shows us how we can turn the soundtrack of our lives into worship for a God that listens. David wrote songs to God in every season of his life. Though the soundtrack of his story varied, whether he was in the valley or the mountaintop, the one he was talking to never changed. As you talk to Jesus, he talks to you. And the Holy Spirit reminds you of all that Jesus said while he was here.
What’s the soundtrack to your story?
|May 10, 2020|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — The Story You Tell Yourself: A Different Story
https://www.vouschurch.comFor the plot twists in life, we can never fully prepare. However, that truth doesn't leave us hopeless. We can prepare for how we respond to the page-turners of our story.
In "The Story You Tell Yourself: A Different Story," Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. urges us to face facts with faith.
Faith consists of believing before seeing. Yet how do we actively face facts with faith? We do so by speaking positive despite the negative. We doso by speaking life and believing that although the promises aren't being fulfilled today that they will be tomorrow.Let’s live in faith and clear the fog off our lenses to focus on God's word of a promised land awaitingus.
|May 03, 2020|
Dawncherè Wilkerson — The Story You Tell Yourself: Two Sides To Every Story
In every scenario we find ourselves, there's a push and pull. At once we are held taught and stretched by the events of daily life swirling around us. Our challenge is to remain flexible enough that we don’t snap but remain solid.
In “The Story You Tell Yourself: Two Sides to Every Story,” Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson invites us to strike a balance despite pressures because we have God-given ability to overcome.
Palm trees are fascinating. As they grow tall, top-heavy with leaves and fruit, they stand firm even as they face hurricane winds. The beautiful trees have a lesson in duality to share. We can be both solid and flexible to better endure the forces that come our way. Fragility doesn't need to lead to a complete break. Instead, we can stretch and remain rooted in the strength God has given us.
|Apr 26, 2020|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — The Story You Tell Yourself: That's My Story And I'm Sticking To It
There’s nothing like being drawn into a good story. From superhero adventures to comedies, stories have a way of touching our hearts.
“The Story You Tell Yourself” collection kicks off with an enlightening talk by Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr., “That’s My Story and I’m Sticking to It.”
Compelling stories are composed of characters, settings, plots, conflicts, and resolutions. In our story called “Life” the author is also the hero who brings about the final resolution. When we understand the story of the gospel, we are able to securely fit our characters into the parts God has asked us to play.
|Apr 19, 2020|
Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. - To Hell & Back - In Other News
Flipping through the channels, it’s no secret that as we turn to the news we get flooded with heavy stories. Yet within the sea of chaos, there is good news to be proclaimed.
In an Easter finale of the “To Hell & Back” collection, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. stirs our faith with the talk “In Other News."
Reality is, bad reports will always be circulating, but we can choose to listen to the announcement of a resurrected savior. We as believers can stand remembering that although there is devastation, Jesus is alive and we can get through anything.
In a world driven by drama and trends, we can turn down the volume on fear and turn it up on the hopeful truths found in God’s word.
|Apr 12, 2020|
Pastor Rich and Pastor Dawncherè Wilkerson - VOUS Good Friday At Home
It seemed simple enough. To eat and drink in honor of the one who had changed their worlds. Little did the disciples know that they’d be first to take part in a moment to be celebrated in Christian households for years to come.
In this “VOUS Good Friday at Home,” sing with VOUS Worship and listen to Pastors Rich and DawnCheré Wilkerson share about the sacrifice of God’s perfect Son. Together, we’ll practice Jesus’ words, “do this in remembrance of me.”
|Apr 11, 2020|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — To Hell and Back: What Are You Washing?
Have you ever been asked to serve in a capacity you just didn’t see fit? From washing feet to saving lives there was no act of service our savior would pass up in return for a relationship with us.
In an uplifting continuation of the “To Hell and Back” collection Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. calls us to check our heart in the message “What Are You Washing?”
Jesus made it plain that his commission was not to receive anything rather give everything he had, even his life. Although his days were numbered, Jesus left us with the practical truth that as we humbly are of service to others we will receive the abundance of his love.
|Apr 06, 2020|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — To Hell and Back: The Gratitude Effect
When was the last time you stood in appreciation of God’s modern-day blessings? From indoor plumbing to connective technology, we can’t deny his hand constantly showing up.
In a faith stirring continuation of the collection “To Hell & Back,” pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. shares a message titled “The Gratitude Effect.” Reminding us that thankfulness should be our natural response.
Even the savior of the world knew the power of thankfulness was the solution to worry, fear, anger, and anxiety. It is even possible that some of the world’s greatest problems can be combatted with gratitude. Like Jesus, we have the ability to portray gratitude, knowing that one seed of appreciation can have everlasting results.
|Mar 30, 2020|
Dawncheré Wilkerson — To Hell and Back: Oh, How the Tables Have Turned
Just one encounter can flip what was once ordinary to extraordinary. Such a turn of events can change our identity and we’ll never leave the same.
Continuing the collection of talks, “To Hell & Back” Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson stirs our faith in the message titled “Oh, How the Tables Have Turned.”
Healing the sick, correcting the Pharisees, and reminding the people that his Father’s house was one of prayer, he flipped tables before any reality star thought it was a good idea.
We are in the midst of a time that feels like tables are turned, but rest assured that Jesus is in the business of flipping lives. Instead of having an attachment to our normal routines we can allow ourselves to experience true reformation by allowing Christ to have his way and turn our tables for better.
|Mar 23, 2020|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Flatten The Curve
The coronavirus has shifted daily reality and caused uncertainty. But we can choose peace over worry, faith over fear. God is never distant, he offers us abundant comfort.In the message “Flatten the Curve” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. shares that while the world gravitates toward physical isolation we can draw close to God through spiritual recalibration.As a community, we don’t have to let panic drive our actions. We can rise to the occasion by remaining committed to worship, prayer, and hearing the word. These will help us answer to our higher calling of flattening the curve of sin.
|Mar 16, 2020|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — To Hell and Back: Your Burden is Your Blessing
An accomplishment unmet with resistance is no accomplishment at all. It is a truth we can forget while building a purpose-filled life, that greatness walks hand in hand with challenge. "To Hell and Back: Your Burden is Your Blessing" is a reminder from Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. not to back down in the face of adversity.What if the very thing we see as a set back is actually a set up for God to do something great? Despite feeling burdened we can choose to walk in obedience to what God is calling us to do, knowing it will result in a blessing. For Jesus, the burden of the cross paled in comparison to the triumph of our salvation. So, as we take on life’s challenges we can be confident that we don't carry them on our own.
|Mar 09, 2020|
Worship is More Than a Song — VOUS Conference 2019 Breakout with DOE & Mariah McManus
Song writing is story writing. A song from the heart has a way of revealing the truth of God’s love.
In the 2019 VOUS Conference breakout session “Worship is More Than a Song,” Grammy-award winner DOE Jones and Mosaic MSC lead singer Mariah McManus have a heart to heart with Manouchka Charles on the beauty of worship.
When we think worship, it’s all about God. While some are particularly blessed with the ability to present God’s story through song, we must remember it is important for us all to represent his image in the best possible way. Our worship is expressed in different ways, but the value in sharing is the fire sparking inspiration our one of a kind worship brings to others.
|Mar 05, 2020|
Rich and DawnCheré Wilkerson — Asking For A Friend: Q&A Part 1 — Dating, Sex and Singleness
|Mar 02, 2020|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. and Dawncheré Wilkerson - Asking For A Friend - 4 Questions Every Couple Should Answer
Life is full of choices from choosing our Crew to choosing our spouse. We can feel out of control yet we might have more power than we think.In a continuation of the “Asking for a Friend” collection, Pastors Rich and DawnCheré Wilkerson team up to propose “4 Questions Every Couple Should Answer.”Truthfully, we are the product of our choices which are the driving force for how we build our relationships. We have the opportunity to be proactive by asking healthy questions to lay the groundwork to our interactions with each other. Although conflict is inevitable we get to choose to fight for life rather than fight against each other. The good news is that we can look to God’s perfect design to govern our relationships.
|Feb 24, 2020|
VOUS CONFERENCE 2019 — VOUS TEAM: It's Not Babysitting, It's Leadership Development
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There is a lot packed in the saying, “children are the future.” After all, a child’s nurturing has the potential to shape their mindset long into adulthood.During the VOUS Conference 2019 breakout ”It’s Not Babysitting, It's Leadership Development,” VOUS Kids Director Blaire Duron sits with servant leaders to talk about stewarding next-generation leaders.Kid care is not limited to looking after a child while their parent attends church service, it is instructing the child to walk in the path of Jesus. We can constructively and creatively sow into the lives of children a love for God's kingdom. As the children under our care develop and grow in their talents and passion for God, we'll discover that we are doing just the same.
|Feb 20, 2020|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Asking For A Friend - 4 Secrets of a Secure Woman
Beauty is culturally praised but it does not equate to security. Secure individuals have an unshakable sense of who they are. Their confidence enables them to build strong connections.
During the message, “4 Secrets to a Secure Woman,” from the collection of talks “Asking for a Friend,” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. shows us four truths women should lean into to lead happy and healthy relationships.
Learning from Proverbs 31 we discover a secure woman knows her worth. She holds on tightly to God's promises, which teach her to rely on her inner beauty and character. She understands external charm inevitably fades, but fearing the Lord produces beauty beyond the eye, adding peace and value to the lives of those who surround her.
|Feb 17, 2020|
Craig Groeschel — Team Conference 2019: All Systems Go
Goals do not determine success, systems do. There are systems to everything we do, and they are a direct result of what we've created or simply tolerated.During Session 2 of Team Conference 2019, Pastor Craig Groeschel gives leadership a talk on implementing systems in day to day life. For us to evolve in both our goals and our relationship with God, we must consider the systems we create. Systems support behaviors, which enable habits, that then deliver outcomes. Be encouraged to know that as you faithfully commit to a healthy system, God will be by your side helping you become all he intended you to be.
|Feb 15, 2020|
Dawncheré Wilkerson - Asking For A Friend - Where's The Action?
|Feb 10, 2020|
Jason Kennedy and Carl Lentz — VOUS CONFERENCE 2019: Making Your Faith Attractive
We become culture carriers for the sake of sharing the message of Christ. But exactly how do we effectively share the gospel with love?During the VOUS Conference 2019 breakout session "Making Your Faith Attractive," Jason Kennedy and Pastor Carl Lentz give suggestions on maximizing the appeal of our faith journey. When sharing faith, we ought to be mindful of how we approach others, caring to understand their point of view. And we can step out of our comfort zone since Jesus, our highest example, engaged with people who were on the fringes of different cultures. With a willingness to be vulnerable, influence can only grow. So let us continue generously sharing the truth with those who are willing to spend their time with us.
|Feb 06, 2020|
Rich Wilkerson Jr — Sunday Service Bayfront Miami: Come Home
|Feb 03, 2020|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Team Leaders Meeting: Becoming A Leader
The inevitable process of growing happens to every person, whether they want it to or not. As Christians, each and every one of us is called to grow in the direction of leadership. A question to ask ourselves is not “Am I growing?” but “What direction am I growing in?”
At the first Team Leaders Meeting of the year, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. breaks down the topic ”Becoming a Leader” through the study of the greatest leader in the world, Jesus Christ.
Jesus lived a life of unity, selflessness, humility and obedience. When we choose to follow the example of Jesus we can impact the world around us for the better, becoming the leader God created us to be.
|Jan 30, 2020|
Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson — Becoming: Think It Through
When we have to make a decision about a change in our lives, we want to make sure we weigh every option before making it final. It is easy to just make a choice based on what we feel in the moment, but not reflecting on the long term effects isn’t the best.
In “Becoming: Think It Through,” Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson shares an insightful message about our thought process and how it can be transformed by the help of the Holy Spirit.
As we become who God has called us to be, it will take more than just having the right intentions. We have to think it through and not make quick responses with our temporary emotions.
Our walk with God is not based a pattern, but a personal relationship. For us to have the right thinking, we have to look at our lives through his eyes and replace lies from the enemy for his promises. It requires us to slow down and think it through.
|Jan 27, 2020|
Becoming: A Guided Prayer Journey — Rich Wilkerson Jr.
The only thing more important than who we are today, is who we are becoming tomorrow.
As we close out our collection entitled "Becoming" Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr walks us through a guided prayer journey that reminds us who we are in Christ as we align ourselves with Him.
|Jan 24, 2020|
VOUS Team — VOUS Conference: It's Not What You Say, It's How You Say It
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Whether you are a photographer, writer, designer, or creator of any sort, the way your message is communicated is just as important as the content it carries.During the VOUS Conference 2019 breakout “It’s Not What You Say But How You Say It,” VOUS Creative Director Sam Gualtieri and the creative department share on effective storytelling and provide practical resources that can be applied in a church, workplace, or community setting.Jesus used parables to connect with people and present a compelling way for people to have a better life. In the same way, we can use the power of storytelling.Stories set up the framework for what you want to say. Regardless of your experience, you may find yourself with a message you’re looking to share with the world, learn how to direct the narrative to positively impact culture.
|Jan 23, 2020|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Becoming: Work Your Weakness
Often times weakness is seen as failure, yet God would disagree. In fact, God gravitates towards our shortcomings. Continuing the “Becoming” collection of talks, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. encourages us in the message, “Work Your Weakness.” In the journey of becoming, within our struggles we find God’s grace. As we expose our vulnerabilities, God begins to bridge the gap between who we are today and who he has called us to be. Bringing light to our insecurities allows God to heal the areas we once disguised.
|Jan 20, 2020|
VOUS Conference 2019: Building A Healthy Organization — VOUS Team
The grass isn't greener on the other side is a familiar piece of advice. But knowing the grass is greener where you water it is true wisdom.
VOUS Staff Adrian Molina, Chris Lopez, and Nick Del Vento engage in candid conversation in their “Building A Healthy Organization” VOUS Conference 2019 breakout session.
A key to laying a strong foundation for any organization is establishing values. Values help shape who we are and who we always want to be. Making good use of programs, data, and platforms to keep everyone coordinated is also important.
To maintain a group's progress, go back to the beginning. Remembering what it took to establish a community and how it arrived at its current form, is always impactful. Creating an ecosystem in which encouragement, remembrance, and values are constant helps to promote a healthy and growing organization.
|Jan 16, 2020|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Becoming: Its a Phase
A new year universally symbolizes a time of transformation from one chapter of life to another. Just as our lives continuously develop, our walk with God can be viewed similarly.In “Becoming: It’s a Phase," Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. shares a revealing message about the stages we go through when we are discovering our purpose.The journey of becoming is not a one-time deal. Experience teaches us life progresses in stages and when progress occurs, so does growth. Our encounter with God causes a shift from simply knowing about him to having a personal relationship with him.Additionally, being grounded in a supportive community can help establish our values, equip our serving, and empower our generosity. As we transition to become God’s ambassadors, it is our duty to make disciples and further his kingdom in every phase of life.
|Jan 13, 2020|
VOUS CONFERENCE 2019: Why You Should Stop Trying To Change Your City — VOUS Team
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The Great Commission tells us to go out into all the world and make disciples. This world-changing endeavor has a clear starting point in the city God has placed us.
During the VOUS Conference 2019 breakout "Why You Should Stop Trying to Change Your City," Manouchka Charles invites servant leaders Benny Salas and Joke Dada in a conversation on how VOUS Church makes its mark in the community through VOUS Care and our monthly I Love My City Projects.
How does the local church steward the city when there are so many souls to reach? While we may not reach everybody, when we do something, we will reach somebody. Our greatest resource is our availability, our willingness to be engaged and take part in the work God is already doing.
Outreach is an opportunity for people to encounter God. So no matter how your outreach is programmed, be it with service projects or classes, always take the approach that when you serve the city, God will change it.
|Jan 10, 2020|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Becoming: How Did “That” Become “This”?
We can’t help but grow. It is human nature. Yet the growth curve can slope upward or slump downward depending on how we cultivate the minute areas of our lives.
In “How Did ‘That’ Become ‘This,’” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. alerts us to pay close attention to our small habits as we follow Jesus because they are seeds that grow.
Making progress toward our purpose can be accompanied by the reward of more challenges. The idea should fortify us because only when we push against elements can we gain strength.
To guard against accidental ruin, ask "Who am I becoming?" We can follow the example of John the Baptist and prepare the way for greatness by choosing to take small but consistent steps of obedience to God.
When our growth seems slow, let’s remember to speak the faithful promises of God. Because he handles the outcome.
|Jan 06, 2020|
Oneka McClellan - Yeah, I'm Scrappy
At times we can view our gifts, talents, or even our experiences as nothing. We end up discounting something in our life only to realize later it had much more value than we believed.
During the “Yeah, I’m Scrappy” talk, Oneka McClellan reassures us nothing is wasted in God’s hands. What we may see as a scrappy life, God can make whole.
Throughout the Bible we see how God uses what seems insignificant for his glory. Each of us are special. God has created us each beautifully and uniquely. Regardless of what we may feel and no matter our circumstance, we were all created with purpose.
Whatever our scraps may be, as long as we turn them over to him, God’s power will redeem and restore them. Nothing is wasted, God is faithful to transform scraps to success.
|Jan 02, 2020|
DawnCheré Wilkerson — 2019 Best Moments - Sabbath Sunday
Flashing back through the past 12 months, we can’t but rejoice at all that God has done.
To wrap up the year, Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson reflects on the Best Moments of 2019 at VOUS.
No matter what you have faced this past year, know God is for you, and so are we. As we move forward building God’s kingdom brick by brick, we’ll continue to rely on our community of believers to accomplish more than we ever could alone.
2019 is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean we’re through. Our best days are ahead of us. We can’t wait to kick off the New Decade with you!
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|Dec 29, 2019|
DawnCherè Wilkerson- Christmas At VOUS
|Dec 25, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — I Don't Feel Favored
Hopefully, you're feeling blessed and highly favored in the knowledge of Lord this Christmas season. But putting the Christianese aside, what about when you don't feel so blessed?
In the talk “I Don’t Feel Favored,” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. explores the meaning of favor to reveal it is not a feeling but a fact.
The promises of God tend to come packaged with problems. Take Mary, a virgin destined to birth a son. In a culture that likely wouldn't have taken the news gladly, she could have felt anything but favored. Yet her obedience through the trial, and for the sake of the promise, made it so her same spirit of obedience passed to her son who would face the ultimate test.
As Christ-followers, we must follow our beliefs and not our feelings. When we face troubles we can overcome and stand in favor knowing everything will be worked out for good. After all, we have the presence of someone bigger than any challenge—the Holy Spirit, our greatest present.
|Dec 23, 2019|
VOUS Staff — VOUS CONFERENCE 2019: You Can't Do It Without A Team
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At VOUS, servant leadership is our identity. The more we understand leading means serving, the more we resemble Jesus. To lead with excellence means to serve first and lean on the talents of others.
Steering the VOUS Conference 2019 breakout session “You Can’t Do It Without a Team,” VOUS Staff Dakota Duron, John David Robertson, and Jamila Pereira speak on the servant leadership culture at VOUS.
A key element to having a healthy team is a willingness to learn from one another. Taking the approach that no one person has all the answers allows room for creativity and growth. But keep in mind that process and structure anchor a team’s efforts.
Once established, clear directives allow evaluation to be put to good use. Measuring results, much like checking vitals, tells of where a team is and signals at where it can go. In our ever-evolving servant leadership journey, we should strive for healthy collaboration. Together we have potential to go much farther and be effective in all we do for God's kingdom.
|Dec 19, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Bricklayers: Built to Last
We serve a God who never stops working. He is constantly seeking and redeeming the lost. As his people, we are empowered to join his work through our generosity.On Vision Offering Sunday, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. reminds us what God originates, he orchestrates in “Bricklayers: Built to Last.”
With God’s help, Nehemiah was able to do much more than rebuild a wall. He restores the soul of a nation and increases their faith. Nehemiah’s story is a lesson teaching us we must assume responsibility, create accountability, and live for legacy. God wants us to consider future generations with the actions we take today. We can be confident that when we do our part, God will do his. Let’s choose to live in generosity, so others can get to live in opportunity.
|Dec 16, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr — Sunday Service: No Turning Back
"If you surrender your life and declare, 'There is no turning back— the cross before me the world behind me.' You're going to find a peace that surpasses all understanding."
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|Dec 12, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Bricklayers- The Opposition of a Vision
Working toward a goal only to get halfway is a symptom of distraction by resistance. We can start off excited but the minute we face criticism we pull away from our calling.
Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. shares the message “The Opposition of a Vision,” from the “Bricklayers” collection. In it, he motivates us to remain committed to God’s vision placed on our hearts.
Progress is understanding a failed plan does not equate to a failed vision. There are opportunities to pray first, and if need be, pivot our way through the trial so the dream can be realized.
As we step out in faith, giving praise the whole way through, we can be confident that the same God who has supported us in the past will certainly do so again.
|Dec 09, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. & Judah Smith — VOUS Conference 2019: Communicating for Change
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What makes a great communicator? Most can agree that the greatest communicators can simplify complexity, captivate an audience, and make a short moment memorable.
During the “Communicating for a Change” breakout session at VOUS Conference 2019, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. interviews Judah Smith to deepen understandings on effective communication in our modern day.
Describing his sermon writing process, Judah Smith makes it clear that everyone is individual and not all processes will look the same. He shares communication methods, how to employ them, and how to effectively get a point across.
While different processes exist, every communicator needs to understand their unique communication style, who their audience is and how the two combine in creating a relatable, understandable, memorable, and life-changing message.
|Dec 05, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Bricklayers: Collaboration Creates Multiplication
Every great human accomplishment through history required a multitude of people to execute. Think of everyone involved in the first Moon landing, creating the Internet, or building the Great Wall of China. One goal, multiple people. Deeper into the "Bricklayers" collection of talks, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. shares how we can achieve greatness in "Collaboration Creates Multiplication."
Reflecting on Nehemiah’s story, we see he was able to accomplish the impossible, rebuilding a wall around Jerusalem in just 52 days. But he was not alone. Through a partnership with God, the feat was made possible by Nehemiah’s clear vision and collaboration with those around him.
Collaboration is exactly what God had in mind when he created us. Gaining perspective that two are better than one, will help us realize we can do more together than we ever could alone.
|Dec 02, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr, Carl Lentz, Judah Smith, Chad Veach & Mike Todd — Life Lessons (Part Two)
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What do you get when you have pastors Rich Wilkerson Jr., Judah Smith, Mike Todd, Carl Lentz, and Chad Veach on stage together? Major drumming skills, impromptu worship, nonstop laughs, and a very honest conversation about leading at home, church, and on the road.
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During Session 6 of VOUS Conference 2019, these pastors opened up about important topics that affect them not only as pastors and leaders but as husbands and fathers too.
In sharing on putting family first, not seeking validation from others, and overcoming the lack of motivation to preach, these men of faith pull back the curtain on the human realities they face and the pressures that come along with their titles.
|Nov 30, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Bricklayers- Waiting is Working
It can be easy to have vision for our lives, but difficult to wait for it to come to pass. To many of us, a season of waiting seems more like a burden instead of a time of growth.
Continuing in the collection of talks “Bricklayers,” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. teaches us that there’s purpose in the process in a message called “Waiting is Working.”
In studying the book of Nehemiah, he proves to be a great example of what it looks like to be active during the wait. Establishing a plan to rebuild the city of Judah, Nehemiah demonstrated patience and used his time to pray to God.
We must first take time to hear from God, for at the right moment he will bring the vision to pass. Taking immediate action can lead to the birth of a premature vision, causing us to lose faith.
Being patient requires work from us. Trusting in God’s timing and praying for an opportunity and favor from him allows our sight to be in line with his and our strength to be renewed. Through it all we can remain confident that while we wait, he is working on our behalf.
|Nov 25, 2019|
VOUS Staff — VOUS CONFERENCE 2019: Don't Practice On People
At VOUS Church, people are our heart. It is our prime purpose to bring people who are far from God, close to him. To do so, we need a high level of preparation that will enable us to create a distraction-free and fun experience for all who walk through our doors.
Zeroing in on what it takes to shape a Sunday service, VOUS Staff Chris Lopez, Samuel Gualtieri, and Pilar Irarrazabal share "Don't Practice On People" in their VOUS Conference 2019 breakout session.
To get ready for Sunday, deliverables need to start rolling in from Monday. And while room for flexibility is important, a well thought out service plan is the main priority. Ideas can flourish through the contribution of gifted and dedicated servant leaders. Plus, helpful technologies can keep communication flowing so there's less guesswork leading up services.
To see growth and development in the areas of creative, production, and operations it will take a lot of strategic behind-the-scenes work. But as we do our part to work out the kinks, God will take care of the rest and produce an outstanding outcome on Sunday.
|Nov 22, 2019|
Earl McClellan — Bricklayers: Blessed With the Burden to Build
The work of building God’s kingdom is a work of bringing the broken home. It is seeking those who are lost, so they can proudly say they are found.
Pastor Earl McClellan shares the story of Nehemiah in the talk, ”Bricklayers: Blessed With the Burden to Build.” Through Nehemiah’s example, we can see how we are to play a part of God’s great construction project and build his Church.
God is looking for people who will work for his kingdom wholeheartedly. There will be distractions that get in the way and try to get us off the project. But as bricklayers we can stand firm knowing God will maximize all of our efforts.
|Nov 18, 2019|
Restless: A Guided Prayer Journey — Rich Wilkerson Jr.
Are you tired? Feeling Restless?Take a few moments to stop and pause as Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. leads you through a guided prayer journey.
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|Nov 16, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Team Leaders Meeting: 4 Realms Of Influence
No one has done a better job of leadership than Jesus. And it is upon every follower of Jesus to do their best to lead as he did. To be effective, knowing the contexts in which we're called to make an imprint is critical.
In this foundational talk on leadership, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. shows VOUS Team Leaders how to recognize and operate in the "Four Realms of Influence."
Jesus didn’t waste a moment, he made an impact on lives wherever he went. The same must be true for us. We can be of influence whether we're hanging out in the city, crowd, church, or with our core group of friends. Each realm takes a unique strategy and intentionality on our part to manage the spiritual and practical needs within.
Every leader's goal should be to move people from their outer to their inner sphere of influence. Because at every stage more miracles happen. Leadership, when properly stewarded, will take people to a place they never intended but when they arrive, they're thankful.
|Nov 14, 2019|
VOUS Staff — Restless: Practice What You Preach
More than any other generation, information is at our fingertips. While living in the Information Age makes it a challenge, turning rest into a discipline is not out of reach.
Concluding the “Restless” collection of talks, Manouchka Charles, Luke Barry, and Adrian Molina give us pointers on building restful habits in “Practice What You Preach.”
Typically, we know what brings us peace but feelings often get in the way. But we can fend off their fickle effects if practical steps are applied. By paying particular attention to our schedule, environment, checklists, and work we actively choose rest. Add in Jesus' example of reading, resting, and retreating, a spiritual system we should run on repeat, and we'll truly enjoy God's rest.
Ultimately, we must believe Jesus will continue showing us how to live rested. But we must also be willing students of the Master. Let us practice what we have come to know about rest, trusting that God will take care of the rest.
|Nov 11, 2019|
Manouchka Charles — Hearing God's Voice: Conversations with God
When we want to prepare for an exam, we study by reading and maybe mixing in a few flashcards. But when we want to prepare for life, what do we do?
In the talk “Hearing God’s Voice: Conversations with God,” Manouchka Charles answers the question by showing us the Bible is our manual for living well.
More than just a book, the Bible is God-breathed word. It serves the purpose of instructing, correcting, training, and transforming us into who God created us to be. The problem is at times we fail to understand how good the Bible can be for us.
The answer is to stand on the truth that the Word comes from a loving Father who desires the best for us. By knowing God's love, our conviction of the Bible's benefits will never falter. We won't just read it once in a while, but continuously. Because it contains all we need, for all we are called, for all of our lives.
|Nov 07, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Restless: How To Sleep In Your Storm
Imagine God handling life's surprises the way some of us do—with panic! We probably wouldn't turn to him much. Thankfully, God doesn’t struggle with our circumstances. When it seems to us he’s sleeping, he’s bringing peace to the chaos.
In the “Restless” talk "How to Sleep in Your Storm,” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. explains that practicing rest during our storms will help us get through them.
We may feel that resting will cause us to miss out on solving problems and reaching goals. But that is far from the truth. Jesus took his time and was intentional about being alone with the Father and still, he accomplished more than anyone ever could. We can follow his example in every season.
Slowing down, participating in solitude, and honoring the Sabbath are all vital to finding rest in the hectic moments. No matter what's thrown our way, God's promises to us in the stillness are sure in the storm.
|Nov 04, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Restless: Closed on Sunday
Finding validation from all we accomplish and obtain can lead to a continuous cycle of striving. Eventually, that mode of operation keeps us from what we need—moments of rest.
In the “Restless” collection of talks, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. draws our attention to why rest is important, how God established it since the beginning of creation, and what taking a Sabbath really looks like in the message “Closed on Sunday.”
God did not intend for us to live a life solely dedicated to the grind of responsibilities and commitments. We should have a cadence of work and rest, creating a healthy balance between the two.
Though we may have forgotten the last time we made room in our schedules to be restored, God reminds us to find soul refreshment and live in rhythm of resting in him.
|Oct 28, 2019|
VOUS Staff — VOUS CONFERENCE 2019: How to Turn a Crowd Into a Community
The church isn't a place, it's a people. In seeking to equip and empower people, we have to remember there's a difference between a church _with_ small groups and a church _of_ small groups.
Members of the VOUS Church staff, Michelle and Adrian Molina and Kyle Graham, get into the nitty-gritty of "How to Turn a Crowd Into a Community" during their VOUS Conference 2019 breakout session.
Crews are the small groups of VOUS Church. It is where community culture gets developed by design. Crews draw support through leadership structure, resources, and systems.
Each element of Crew, be it a building block, the seasonal calendar, or embedded moments to honor up, down, and all around, is there to make it better. Because, in the end, our godly goal is to foster healthy relationships and transform lives.
|Oct 24, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Restless: I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
We can get so caught up in distractions that we lose rest, and it's impulsive desires that are to blame. Our worldly wants put us in a constant and overwhelming search for more.
Kicking off the “Restless” collection with “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. explains we can exchange the burdens of our wants for what Jesus offers.Rather than being driven by our desires to a certain breakdown, we can instead hand over the steering wheel to God and allow him to set the direction toward peace. He provides us the solution by exemplifying calm amid frustrations and disappointments.
Jesus tells us to come, take what is his, learn from him, and find the true source of our desire in him. It is an invitation we must accept if we hope to enjoy the benefits. When we say yes and focus on God and his promises, only then can we fully rest in the work he has already done.
|Oct 21, 2019|
Ben Courson — VOUS Conference 2019: Are You OK?
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Suicide has become a leading cause of death in America. As alarming as that fact is, we don't have to settle for it. We can instead choose life and aspire for a better tomorrow.
In his poetic style, Ben Courson shares how this generation can move from mope to hope during the “Are You OK?” VOUS Conference 2019 breakout session. He challenges us to think about what we think about and inspires us to know that even if we are not OK that it’s OK because by the power of God eventually, we will be.
In life, to thrive, we ought to know hope is a journey and joy is a choice. We must fight for what we don’t feel. When we hear the word of God, we can reject being defined by failures, be relieved from depression, and enjoy Christ's freedom.
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, if you or someone you know needs help, 1-800-273-8255.
|Oct 18, 2019|
Craig Groeschel — TEAM CONF 2019 Sunday: Becoming an Influencer
What is an influencer? Going by society’s current definition, we’d be led to believe an influencer is a person with a large social media following. Yet, while a social platform may be good, it is simply a tool and shouldn't be mistaken for the real influence God wants for us.
In an inspiring message, “How to Become an Influencer,” Pastor Craig Groeschel of Life.Church shifts our perspective on the impact we Christ-followers can have on the lives of others.
God is not looking for platforms to use but people. Individuals who are willing to take any and every moment to share the grace and love of Christ. Whether a conversation, a word of encouragement, or a gesture, every action is a seed that can be planted into the right soil for harvest.
Thankfully there are plenty of opportunities to partner with God to create life-giving experiences for those around us. And we don’t have to have it all together to be of influence, we just have to be willing. We’re all influencers.
|Oct 14, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Hillsong Germany: Live to Lead
When leaders lead, people follow, and God gets the glory. It is a sequence we're all designed for, and yet great things don’t just happen. It starts with a willing leader equipped with the right tools.
In his talk with Hillsong Germany, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. shares what there is to know and do when it comes to leadership in “Life to Lead.”
Vision anchors a leader’s path. Energy toward an activity will show little progress if there is no direction. And it is a leader’s vision that rallies a team around a cause. The team amplifies a leader’s work for a more resounding the impact.
But it is not enough to have a vision and team, leaders must approach their endeavors with the right attitude and determination. A proper system in place will ensure that attitude and determination are always in check.
A leader can't lead in a vacuum, we all have our part to play. So long as we apply these tools of leadership effectively, we will gain many wins for God's kingdom.
|Oct 11, 2019|
DawnCheré Wilkerson — VOUS Conference 2019: Sisterhood of Strength
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Having strength alone on the mountaintop may seem easy but journeying on through the valley makes us realize we should be surrounded. Surrounded by people who speak hope into our circumstances.
In the VOUS Conference 2019 breakout session “Sisterhood of Strength,” Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson inspires women to be intentional, engaged, and encouraged. None of us are exempt from the pain that exists in life and that is why we should never walk alone.
In community, we find authentic relationships that breathe strength into our lives. We are called to speak up and speak out and stay in proximity to the pain of the women in our community, remaining relatable and vulnerable.
God is instructing women to raise the banner of freedom and stand united. The way we win is as sisters celebrating and speaking life over each other because together, we are better.
|Oct 11, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Hearing God’s Voice: Don’t Waste Your Pain
What if the very thing that challenges us the most, is the exact thing that God uses to speak to our heart? Few people choose to embrace pain and many of us choose to avoid it altogether. Experiencing pain is difficult, however, when we try to avoid it, we can miss out on what God is trying to do through us.Finishing the collection of talks “Hearing God’s Voice,” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. encourages us in a message titled “Don’t Waste Your Pain.”God speaks to us even through obstacles and as C.S. Lewis says, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”What exactly is God shouting to us when we are going through pain? God intends to purify our priorities, challenge our capacity, and expand our empathy. As we change our perspective on the trials in our life we are able to discover joy. Rather than just going through it, we can grow through it and allow God to walk with us.
|Oct 07, 2019|
DawnCheré Wilkerson — Hearing God's Voice: Enough Said
Have you ever been on a quest for something that in reality had been there all along? Sometimes we are looking for a whisper from God when in actuality the Bible has always allowed his voice to be clear.
In a continuation of the collection of talks “Hearing God’s Voice,” Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson speaks to our hearts in a message titled “Enough Said.”
When we are looking to hear from God we can start by trusting in what the Bible says. God’s word is clear and accessible, however, we must be willing to meditate on it.
Trusting God and his word becomes easier when we make an effort to understand and apply it to our daily lives. We are called to value God’s word and recognize that it is more than enough. Enough to speak and guide us through life. It is our instruction manual, written by the author of life. We can reach for our Bibles with confidence that God’s voice is closer than we think.
|Sep 30, 2019|
Chad Veach — VOUS Conference 2019: Confessions of a Church Planter
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Guess what? The secret’s out, church planting is fun!
Pastor Chad Veach, the lead pastor of ZOE Church, gives a healthy dose of positive encouragement to builders of the local church in his VOUS Conference 2019 breakout session ”Confessions of a Church Planter.”
Church planters need to know that the planting will be much easier than expected. And that is because Jesus is behind every good thing they will come across. God will produce the miracles, provide the resources, and prepare the people for the local church since it is his own and he is responsible.
So, count on success, church planters. Step out in faith and boldly obey the call to build knowing that God backs your unique assignment in bringing the broken home.
|Sep 26, 2019|
Rich Wilkerson Jr. — Hearing God's Voice - Waiting on the Call
It is a fundamental truth that God wants to speak to us all. His word is alive and active and is waiting for our response to the call.
As we dive deeper into the collection of talks “Hearing God’s Voice,” Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. teaches the priceless value of “Waiting on the Call.”
God has a specific purpose for each of our lives and he uses various methods to get the message across. While we wait on the next steps of our calling, God uses people and circumstances as guides along our path. When we follow leadership, learn contentment, align with God, and listen to what he says, we take the opportunity to become obedient believers.
It takes open ears and a spirit of obedience to position us to gain all God has for us and fulfill our purpose here on earth.
|Sep 23, 2019|
Carl Lentz — VOUS Conference 2019: I Am Getting Better
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Everything we intend to refine in our lives requires patience and commitment, and the same applies to our spiritual walk.
Closing out VOUS Conference, Pastor Carl Lentz shares a message entitled “I Am Getting Better.” He details how we can improve in every aspect of our lives through a relationship with the Holy Spirit.
As with most things that we aim to improve, we must first know the position of what we’re working towards. The Holy Spirit’s role in our lives is to execute the intentions God has declared over us while giving us direct access to heaven. Where we lack in our human nature, the Holy Spirit intercedes and compensates for our shortcomings while preventing disruptions in God’s plan for us. The presence of the Holy Spirit lessens life’s pressures by reminding us of our purpose when the voices telling us otherwise get too loud.
God sent the Holy Spirit to highlight the truth that is within us. Aligning with this truth allows us to find peace, experience joy, and live a life that is strong in faith and aligned with God’s will.
|Sep 19, 2019|
Dawncheré Wilkerson — Hearing God's Voice: When Life is Too Loud
We’re all seeking to know why we’re here and to fill the God-shaped hole in our hearts. The confidence to know God and his voice is exactly what's needed. But that can be a challenge when life has become one big sound machine.
As part of the "Hearing God's Voice" collection of talks, Pastor DawnCheré Wilkerson gives us the reasons why we ought to turn down the volume and the tools to do so in "When Life is Too Loud."
Our adaptation to noise blocks out God's ever-present whisper. However, we can choose to linger in relationship with God daily. Prioritizing our emotion, effort, and energy on God will open us up to the truth that we are loved and that he is the answer to all our needs.
Learning to listen to God is a life-long pursuit that is worth every moment. And at every turn, he is willing to be found. Just imagine, if God can breathe the universe into existence, what he can whisper into our once hardened hearts?
|Sep 16, 2019|
Mike Todd — VOUS Conference 2019: The Problem... Just Found An Answer
Does the idea of being marked or set apart by God invoke feelings of excitement? Fear? A mix of both? You're pumped about the responsibility but anxious about the chance of messing up.
At VOUS Conference 2019, Pastor Mike Todd illuminates the idea that “The Problem Just Found An Answer.” He clears the confusion around what it means to be chosen by God.
We're put into various circumstances so we can step up to the plate. God wants to see that we are faithful to serve at every level. To be an answer to a problem, no matter the cost to our pride. That's the way we wear our mark of being set apart by God.
It takes work to embrace our place of being the solution. But God doesn't make mistakes on who he has chosen to do the work. He knows we're capable of making a difference through our story, talents, and blessings, but only if we're willing to step into a serving role. When we follow God's guideline and trust the process, we help our way up to promotion. There's no way we can fail.
|Sep 11, 2019|