Jason Taylor

Taking Risks For Jesus That Some Might Call Crazy

You Can Start The New Year FOCUSED…

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This Sunday, January 3rd, I will start a BRAND NEW SERIES called FOCUSED.  This 3 week series will lead us into 2016 with a renewed FOCUS on what’s important in our lives!

Maybe you ended 2015 out of FOCUS? Maybe you feel like you are spinning your wheels in life with no FOCUS? Or maybe things are GREAT and you just need a boost to gain GREATER FOCUS?

WHATEVER THE CASE, THIS SERIES IS FOR YOU!!!! 

So lets start the NEW YEAR TOGETHER IN CHURCH getting FOCUSED TOGETHER!!

See You On Sunday at 9:30AM or 11AM!!

Pastor Jason

 

325 Salvations and 154 Baptisms In 2015!

325 Salvations154 BaptismsHello Vertical Church,

The last week of the year is for review and CELEBRATION!!!

I want you to STOP RIGHT NOW AND PRAISE GOD FOR 325 SALVATION DECISIONS THIS YEAR AND 154 BAPTISMS IN 2015!!!

Can you believe that?  That does NOT happen in every church!! I praise God for allowing Vertical to be a part of changing lives in Yuma!!

But the year is not over and your opportunity to make ETERNAL IMPACT is not over!!

SO FAR, YOU HAVE GIVEN:  $68,873.91 TO OUR CHRISTMAS OFFERING! WHICH IS ALSO WORTH CELEBRATING!!

But, we have not reached our $75,000 goal yet!!

What about you? Have you given to this offering yet?  Only $6,126.09 away from reaching our goal! 

Everyone can PLAY their part by GIVING SOMETHING!  No gift is too small or insignificant!!

Maybe other organizations have pleaded with you to give a year end offering to help meet their general fund budget to prevent a deficit.  There is nothing wrong with that; but, this is NOT what this offering is about! We have made budget!! Again- CELEBRATE THAT!!!

Here is what you need to know:

NOT ONE PENNY OF THIS OFFERING IS GOING IN OUR GENERAL FUND!! WE ARE GIVING 100% OF IT AWAY TO EMPOWER THE POOR IN 2016 HERE IN YUMA AND AROUND THE WORLD!

So will you consider giving a year end tax deductible gift right now to this cause of being the hands and feet of Jesus by CLICKING HERE! (You can either “Log In” or “Create An Account” or “Give Without An Account”)

God is doing more than we ever thought or imagined through people like you!! Let’s meet this goal together and CELEBRATE what He is doing and what He is going to do!!!

Have a Happy New Year:

Pastor Jason

100% Of Our Offering Will Be Given AWAY!!

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Hello Vertical Church,

Yes, you read that right: 100% of our offering from our TWO CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES on Thursday night will be given away!!

We have been receiving our Christmas Vision Offering over the last few weeks and you have done a GREAT job at giving to this special cause!

This Thursday ALL THE OFFERING FROM BOTH SERVICES will go to this Christmas Vision Offering and 100% of that Christmas Vision Offering will be given away in 2016 to EMPOWER THE POOR! 

Remember, this offering is going to our local CROSSROADS MISSION!

It is also going to fund a clinic right across the border in Mexico!

We will be funding Haitian teachers in a school in the Dominican Republic!

And last, it will go to fund our missionaries in France sharing the gospel in a hard to reach area!

Here is how to give: 

  1.  Give NOW at: CLICK HERE TO SECURELY GIVE NOW- WRITE CHRISTMAS OFFERING IN THE NOTES
  2. Give in the offering at our Christmas Eve Services 5PM and 6:30PM!

I cannot wait until Thursday Evening as we share the gospel with hundreds of people through our Christmas Eve Services and SHOW OUR GENEROSITY WITH OUR FINANCES FOR THOSE WHO ARE WITHOUT!

See You Thursday- 5PM or 6:30PM

Pastor Jason

 

 

CHRISTMAS GIFTS TO EVERY STUDENT AT MCGRAW ELEMENTARY!

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Over the last few years, The Vertical Church has adopted McGraw Elementary school to deliver PowerPacks to students in need.  (If you don’t know what POWERPACK is then CLICK HERE)

 

 

During Thanksgiving, The Vertical Church was able to go into the school and feed the PowerPack families Thanksgiving dinner!  

After much discussion with the Principal and Guidance Counselor at McGraw, we have discovered THE NEED IS GREATER THAN WE THOUGHT at this school!  

THE QUESTION CAME: WHAT COULD WE DO AS A CHURCH TO IMPACT THIS SCHOOL FOR JESUS DURING CHRISTMAS?

THE ANSWER:  The Vertical Church is supplying 574 Christmas Shoeboxes full of gifts to every student at McGraw Elementary.  

Many of you took tags off the Christmas Tree this past Sunday at Vertical representing a child in need in this school.  

HERE IS WHAT WE NEED NOW:

  • If you took a tag, please bring in the shoebox full of gifts unwrapped this Sunday.
  • Please come help us wrap 574 shoeboxes on Tuesday, December 15th at 6PM- Bring a roll of wrapping paper and tape!
  • Pray that lives would be touched through this small act of kindness!

Once again, you have AMAZED me at your level of commitment to BEING THE HANDS AND FEET OF JESUS to this city and beyond!!!  Keep it up!!!

I cannot wait to see you on Sunday as I continue the series, “White As Snow” 9:30AM and 11AM!!

See You On Sunday,

Pastor Jason
P.S. Speaking of BEING THE HANDS AND FEET OF JESUS, our Christmas Offering has 4 weeks to go!!  You can still give to help us reach our goal of $75,000!! You can CLICK HERE TO GIVE NOW

This Sunday could CHANGE Your MARRIAGE FOREVER…

MARRIAGE IS ABOUT THRIVING NOT JUST SURVIVING!This Sunday could CHANGE Your MARRIAGE FOREVER!  I truly mean that!

I have seen it happen time and time again.  People walk into The Vertical Church, marriage is falling apart, and walk out taking next steps that in the end cause their marriage to THRIVE and not just survive!

Sunday, I will continue my series called, “Feeling Overwhelmed” by talking about being OVERWHELMED BY MY MARRIAGE.  You will NOT want to miss this important message.

IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS 26 PEOPLE HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES TO JESUS!

This is AMAZING!  We should stop and PRAISE GOD for that right now!!  But with that said, you have to understand that God is up to something!  This means if there is ever a Sunday to invite people to Vertical it is this Sunday.  Their lives could be changed forever!

So MAKE PLANS to BE AT VERTICAL on Sunday- 9:30AM or 11AM!!

BRING someone with you!!

PRAY for LIFE CHANGE!

See You On Sunday,

Pastor Jason

P.S. If you missed the last two Sundays, you can watch the messages here: 

CLICK FOR PART 1 OF “FEELING OVERWHELMED”

CLICK FOR PART 2 OF “FEELING OVERWHELMED”  After you watch these messages, SHARE them on your Facebook Timeline! 

HURT? HOW TO RECEIVE HEALING…

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Whoever said, “Sticks and stones will break your bones, but words will never hurt you” was a LIAR!!!

Are you OVERWHELMED by HURT in your life?

Do you find it hard to MOVE past the HURT in your life?

Do you constantly DWELL on the HURT in you life?

We all know that hurt can cause us to define our life by that pain, live in despair, and have stress and anxiety that completely overwhelms us.

Maybe it was a parent, authority figure, or close friend that hurt you.  Maybe you have been hurt by a church or religion.

Whatever the case, YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS THIS SUNDAY AS I TALK ABOUT HOW WE CAN GET PAST THE HURT IN OUR LIFE AND RECEIVE HEALING!

The words people have said about us can sometimes cut deeper than any physical pain.  However, the truth is that Jesus can HEAL you from the emotional hurt and baggage that you are carrying, just like He can heal our physical pain.

I want to challenge you to BE AT VERTICAL on Sunday, PRAY FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT TO BE PRESENT, and BRING A FRIEND WITH YOU!!!  

Last Sunday, we had 901 people in attendance with 15 salvation decisions!!! PRAISE GOD!!!

But the BEST IS YET TO COME!! So be here and bring a friend!!!

See You On Sunday,

Pastor Jason

P.S. Remember to “Check-In” on Facebook when you get here to help feed a student in Haiti!!!  

4 VERY Important Things You NEED To Know About The Vertical Church…

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I want to share with you 4 things you NEED to know this week:

1.  We are having an INSIDE THE BUILDING WORK DAY SATURDAY MORNING AT VERTICAL FROM 9AM-11AM!  We will be doing stuff like: painting, organizing and cleaning.  PLEASE EMAIL KRISTI TO LET HER KNOW YOU CAN COME: KRISTI@THEVERTICALCHURCH.COM 

2.  It is time to spread the word about our NEW series coming up and here is how:

CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE CAMPAIGN TO SPREAD THE WORD THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA To thousands of people! 

SECONDLY, CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE EVENT ON FACEBOOK AND THEN SHARE IT ON YOUR TIMELINE AND INVITE ALL YOUR FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK

THIRD- TAKE AN INVITE CARD THIS SUNDAY AND PERSONALLY INVITE A FRIEND TO JOIN YOU ON SEPTEMBER 13TH AT VERTICAL!

3.  Check In. Do Good.  Starting this Sunday at The Vertical Church, you can “CHECK IN” on Facebook and for every 3 check in’s, Vertical will help feed one student in Haiti! So this Sunday when you arrive-

   a. Check In on Facebook!!  

   b. Tag ME, Pastor Danny, or Pastor Jeremy (This will multiply our impact in Yuma!)

   c.  Post a picture or video of something happening at Vertical! (Please no pictures or videos of the kids ministry)

4.  Bring in PowerPack Items!  Vertical along with 8 other churches are partnering together through a program we piloted called PowerPack Yuma!  The food donated goes to feed hungry kids who rely on the free or reduced lunch program in Yuma on the weekends.  

    CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON APPROVED FOOD ITEMS

 

CLICK HERE TO LIKE POWERPACK ON FACEBOOK AND HELP SPREAD THE WORD!

That is all for now!!! Keep Praising God for the 36 Baptisms last Sunday!!!

The Best Is Yet To Come so See You On Sunday,

Pastor Jason

The Vertical Church- What’s That Mean?

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From time to time, I get this question: “What is The Vertical Church all about?”.  In this post, I want to help answer that question:

1. The Vertical Church is all about Jesus: From the very beginning, we have made it a goal to NOT be about one certain man made creed, denomination, or single human being.  We are all about JESUS! He is our Senior Pastor.  He is who we seek to glorify in everything we do.  We believe that Jesus was here on this earth in the flesh and died a real death and rose from the dead.  We believe He is alive and will return one day!

2.  The Vertical Church believes that the Bible is God’s Word to us: We believe that the Bible is God’s Word and is without error.  This means that what it says, we actually believe we should do.  Without the grace of God, we could never live out anything in the Bible. While we have a set of core beliefs on our website, we count the Bible as the sole authority for our lives.  While we choose to partner with denominations, networks, and other groups to plant churches and spread the gospel, we are not bound by any single one of them- we are only bound by the Bible.

3.  The Vertical Church is a church planting church: Planted means you are sent out by a group of churches or organization to start the church.   The Vertical Church was planted.  Since our beginning, we have financed, supported, and sent out people to help plant other churches in the United States and even in Yuma.  We actually call our members: GOSPEL PLANTERS because every believer is called to plant the gospel in other people.  

4. The Vertical Church does NOT believe that we have the corner market on church: In other words, we believe we are part of the worldwide body of Jesus Christ made up of many local Bible believing churches who claim the way to God is only through Jesus Christ.  The truth is that we do not have it all together, nor will we ever.  We understand that even in our city, there are churches who worship different than us and we believe that is okay!  We are willing and do partner with other local churches in Yuma to carry out the gospel to this city.  Why? Because we are better together! This means that The Vertical Church may not be for you, and we are OKAY with that!

5. The Vertical Church is NOT perfect: We are not a perfect church, nor is the staff perfect, nor are the pastors perfect, and even the people who make up this church are not perfect! We are group of people who have said, “I am a sinner”, trusted in Jesus for salvation, and are now living life by taking next spiritual steps.  And sometimes we fall. Sometimes we fail.  But, we trust in the GRACE of Jesus who forgives us of ALL our sins.

6. The Vertical Church believes we should be the hands and feet of Jesus in this city and beyond: This means that we will NOT have church meetings every night of the week.  We believe you should be involved in your city and community and not isolated from the world God has put you in.  To be the hands and feet, you need time to pastor your first church- your family, and from there spread out to share the love of Jesus with your co-workers, neighbors, and extended family.  To do this, you need TIME.  So we will give you plenty of time to do that.  Which leads to number 7:

7.  The Vertical Church’s main ministry focus happens on Sundays: This means that the front door to our church is usually the Sunday services.  Do people come through LifeGroups, and Kindness Events? Yes, but for the most part, nothing will compete with the Sunday services.  This is why the first step to becoming a part of Vertical is signing up to serve in our Sunday services.  To FREE you up and give you time to be the hands and feet of Jesus in your family, workplace, and city, we ask that you serve an hour on the weekend, and worship an hour.

8.  The Vertical Church is outsider focused: Everything we do has this person in mind.  We exist to see people FAR from God become the hands and feet of Jesus.  We will do anything SHORT OF SIN to see people come to know Jesus!

9.  The Vertical Church values SIMPLICITY: We have a streamlined approach to how we do ministry.  We try to do a few things well.  This is why we do NOT, nor ever will have a gazillion programs.  We have a simple, streamlined vision that we will continue to carry out.

10.  The Vertical Church’s Vision is NOT FOR SALE: If your new to Vertical, we welcome you.  But know this: We will NOT bow down to who you may want us to be.  We are secure in being who God has called us to be. We know the vision God has for us in this city.  We understand that overtime that vision may morph, but it will never go off center to something contrary to reaching people far from God!  We are who God created us to be.  And we are okay with that.  We realize that it takes all kinds of churches to reach all kinds of people.  We are here for you to jump in and start serving!

What If I Am NEW to Vertical, What Is My FIRST Step to get connected?
1.  Your first step is to go to Volunteer Central on Sunday and sign up to serve on the weekend in a service!

2.  Your next step after serving for three months is to attend our Membership Class called, “Gospel Planter Orientation”.

3. After that, you continue your spiritual journey by learning “How To Spend Time With God” in our How To Spend Time With God Class.

4.  Last, as you complete these steps, we ask you to join us in our “Share Your Faith” class which walks you through how to tell others about Jesus.

What happens after I complete this Growth Track? Do I become some type of leader of leaders, or greater than everyone else, or get a higher standing with God? 

No! Will you grow in your leadership capabilities? Yes! Do these classes make you some sort of super spiritual superstar who is on a greater platform than everybody else? No!

We are all sinners saved by the grace of God and nothing else! Nothing you can do can make you more of a Christian than what you are the moment Jesus comes into your life.  Can you grow in your relationship? Yes! Can you take next steps that are risky? Yes! Can you lead? Yes!

But remember, if not for the GRACE of God, you would not be who you are today!  

With that said, I hope you will jump in and take hold of the vision God has given us and join the team to seeing people far from God become the hands and feet of Jesus!  If Vertical is NOT for you, we are okay with that.  We love you and want to help you find another church in this town to get plugged into. So if you feel this way, please come see us and we will help you do that.  No hard feelings.

I pray that everyone who walks through our doors will find a relationship with Jesus, start serving, and do our part to advance the Kingdom of God in Yuma and around the world.

What is your next step? And Welcome To The TEAM!!

In fact, you can help spread the word about our new series coming up to thousands of people in Yuma by CLICKING HERE or below to join our campaign:

Feeling Overwhelmed?

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FEELING Overwhelmed By FEAR, HURT, your MARRIAGE, or from your PAST?  We are here to help!!

On Sunday, September 13th, we will be kicking of a BRAND NEW SERMON SERIES called, “Overwhelmed”

We are trying to get the word out to as many people as possible in Yuma!  So here is what I need from you:

 

CLICK ON THE “JOIN THIS THUNDERCLAP”  BELOW AND ADD YOUR SUPPORT TO THE CAMPAIGN TO GET THE WORD OUT TO ALL OF YUMA THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA:


Will you join in the CAMPAIGN? Below are the topics over those four weeks:

September 13th: OVERWHELMED BY FEAR

September 20th: OVERWHELMED BY HURT

September 27th: OVERWHELMED BY MY MARRIAGE

October 4th: OVERWHELMED BY MY PAST

Let’s SPREAD the word and be at The Vertical Church on Sunday, September 13th: 9:30AM and 11AM for the kickoff!!

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