1 Night to Unite: What Next?

Our 1 Night to Unite steering team recently met and drew an official close to what was a successful event in every way. The April 25th issue of The Wylie News, included a column to help wrap up everything that’s happened in the last few months among community pastors, churches, and Christians. Here’s that column…

1 Night to Unite was a wonderful event exceeding our expectations in so many ways. Seeing 6,000 people fill the home stands at Wylie Stadium on Good Friday was a powerful image of a united church without walls. People have been asking, “What’s next?

First priority is making sure all the credit goes to God. He provided a vision, pulled together a team, drew out the funds, gathered His people, gave us a beautiful evening, and worked in the hearts of people. Only God could have done it; and He did.

We also need to thank the people and businesses who helped make 1 Night a reality. It begins with Brian and Regina Rogers who presented this wild idea to a group of diverse pastors and encouraged us God could do it. The gratitude extends to all the pastors who were already gathering to pray for our communities and one another; and those who learned of this opportunity and joined us in the process. We’re grateful to all the churches and ministries who embraced this opportunity and promoted it among their congregations.

This entire event was organized, funded, and executed in less than four months. It never would have happened without the involvement of hundreds of volunteers. We tip our hat to everyone who helped in advance of the event, participated in the Prayerwalk on Palm Sunday weekend, helped with setup or tear down the day of 1 Night, or served in some capacity at
the event that night. Special thanks to the music team and choir who spent the weeks in advance rehearsing; all in addition to Easter music obligations at their own churches.

Praise God for those who provided the resources to make this happen. One of the most overwhelming elements of the decision to do 1 Night to Unite was the financial commitment. The joy of seeing God provide through so many supporting businesses, churches, and individuals is inexpressible. Thank you to everyone who gave gifts large and small! There are lots of good
causes to which you can give. This support was an investment in eternal things from which you’ll likely not know the full return until you reach heaven. This also includes Wylie ISD administration for making the stadium available for this non-school, community event. Plus, a big nod of appreciation to The Wylie News (C&S Media Publications) for help promoting everything with ads and articles.

1 Night to Unite was initiated as a one time event. We weren’t intending to begin a new organization or create a new ministry. It was a vision of getting the larger church community together for one night. Stories of neighbors who’ve begun relationships or of people encouraged to know they were prayed for during the Prayerwalk weekend have been a blessing. Local restaurants were filled with people in 1 Night shirts after the service ended. Strangers introduced themselves to one another and shared their favorite part of the night. It was a tangible picture of God’s people united in our community. Hundreds of people responded for counsel, prayer, or to take a step of faith in Jesus as their Savior. Now, as Dr. Tony Evans said, it’s time to break the huddle and continue our activity in our cities. If God leads, there may be other united events in the future; but, we’ve closed the door on the 1 Night to Unite event of 2012. Pastors will continue praying together. Hopefully, you’ve been inspired by God to engage with others through a local church, by praying with others for your neighborhood, by sharing your own faith story with someone, or by demonstrating God’s love through your involvement in a school or other charitable organization. Your active walk of faith with Christ is the next step.

Your generosity continues to impact our community. We never expected such overwhelming support that we’d end up with funds left over after the event. Since we didn’t want to start a new organization, we’ve decided to close the book on this event by completely distributing the remaining funds, several thousand dollars, to some of the ministries within our city. All the money is being divided between the Wylie Christian  Care Center, The Bridge ministry, Ephesians ministry, and Church Under the Tree. Giving back to the community is the next step.

As pastors, we continue meeting together and will be praying for you. We consider it a divine privilege to do so. That’s our next step. What’s yours?

1 Night to Unite Steering Team

Jeff Denton, Waterbrook Bible Fellowship
 Randy Hill, Summit Church
 Kris Segrest, FBC Wylie
 Keith Spurgin, New Hope Christian Church
Blake Switzer, Gateway Community Church

Posted: April 27, 2012 
Filed under: Deep Thoughts with Pastor Jeff, Pastor Jeff, Spiritual, Waterbrook Bible Fellowship
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