About Spirit In Motion

Spirit In Motion is a podcast hosted by Whit George and Adam Bush where they talk about their spiritual journeys and attempt to make sense of it all. It’s not often that you get to hear pastors be as honest and open as Whit and Adam are on this podcast.

WHAT DO THEY TALK ABOUT?

Each season we choose a different spiritual theme and share stories and ideas related to that theme. Spirit In Motion focuses on actively deconstructing yourself, the things you’ve learned, and the ideas you have and aligning each of those areas with the life and teaching of Jesus found in scripture. They share stories on how they stopped avoiding the reality of what was going on in their lives and continually bring the dark parts of life to light.

FINDING GOD BEAUTIFUL

“I realized that I found God to be useful, just not beautiful. Little by little, the more I started to think about that—the more I understood that, the more I fell in love with Jesus for real. I wasn’t the same self-centered, prideful, egotistical person that I’d always been. I found myself having more patience with my wife and kids, being more understanding, and being more empathetic.”

“…THE MORE I UNDERSTAND THAT, THE MORE I FELL IN LOVE WITH JESUS FOR REAL.”

“All of the things that I lacked before naturally started to happen for me. Not that there’s no effort in any of it, but I found myself wanting to do new things because I saw in Jesus a more beautiful way than the way I was doing things before. And I thought, ‘well, then I want to be more like that because if that’s who you are, that’s how I want to be… because that’s so much better than what I’ve been doing.’”

—Whit George, Spirit In Motion: Forget the Rules. It’s Really About Relationship.

FAQ: What Kind of Safety Plans Do You Have?

Safety is something we take seriously at Church on the Move.

The COVID-19 Pandemic has brought new attention to health and cleaning standards. Natural disasters continue to require us to have emergency plans. Violence in public spaces has sensitized us to the need for safety plans around worship or ministry disruptions.

We sat down with three Church on the Move staff members who ensure the safety of our church community to discuss what we do to keep everyone safe: Security Director Jon Cozad, Executive Pastor of Operations Aaron Davis and Facilities Director & Compliance Officer Steven Torres.

“Our team does a phenomenal job. They are well-trained, go through rigorous training, and work efficiently with all of our locations. It takes a lot of teamwork, but our team is great.”

— Steven Torres, Compliance Officer

COVID-19 Standards

The year 2020 brought about a lot of changes all over the world. One of the most significant was the change in health and cleaning standards in response to the pandemic. We take the safety measures related to this issue seriously and have evaluated every step of our gatherings and ministries to ensure that our people are as safe as possible.

We are following all the latest information from public health officials and local government authorities and continue to implement their recommendations to ensure a safe, healthy environment for all.

Emergency Exit Plans

If you’ve ever lived in Oklahoma during the spring, you know you have to have an inclement weather and natural disaster plan in place. In case of any such disaster, our church has emergency exit and sheltering plans in place, including tornado shelters strategically placed throughout the property. Our staff has been trained on leading anyone in the building to safety during such an emergency. In the case of inclement weather, we cancel our regularly scheduled services to allow everyone to stay home and be safe.

Church Security and Active Shooter Strategies

We understand how important it is to have a plan in case someone comes to church with violent intentions. We hope we never have to use it but we have a plan for in place if we receive word of a person with violent intent and we also have trained security at all of our locations to help guide you and your family to safety.

Background Checks

Every organization is vulnerable to predators who seek to serve with the intent to abuse or harm them. At Church on the Move, we run full background checks on every employee we hire in addition to an extensive interview process and vetting references. In addition, any volunteer that works with children is also background checked on a regular basis and must abide by a code of conduct.

These are just a few of the basic safety procedures we have implemented to keep you safe. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us. Our goal is to eliminate any distractions you have from encountering God when you’re on our campus. Together, we can keep our gatherings safe and continue to welcome people who are in search of the real Jesus.

 

FAQ: What Are Small Groups?

If you are interested in small groups, you might be looking for community or a way to get connected.

The best first step to getting plugged in is to attend Next Move. Next Steps Pastor Priscilla Shields says, “Next Move is the on-ramp to the church.”

If you walk into any of our churches for the first time, it may feel overwhelming. You may curious:

● What is your mission and vision?
● What do you believe about kids and students and small groups and outreach?
● How do I get connected?

“Those are things if you did not have Next Move, you would have to have 50-60 conversations with different people,” she continues. “We believe Next Move is the on-ramp to get people connected to the church family.”

After Next Move, a great step you might take is to join a small group. Small groups are the quickest way to get plugged into church. They help you grow your faith, get connected, and create community.

“Our mission is introducing people to the Real Jesus.”

— Lyndsey Vigil, Marketing and Communications Director

Small group ministries put the personal in personal growth.

While Sunday morning sermons inspire you to take your next steps in your faith, small groups help you figure out what those steps are, and help hold you accountable to take them. Rather than getting teaching from someone you only know from a distance, you learn together with a group of people who know you personally.

If you have never been in a group like this before, or if you are a very private person, it may feel challenging to participate in these ministries. That is completely normal! Ministry feels very personal, because it helps you grow in new ways. Small groups are not designed to change people overnight. They work slowly and steadily to bring about lifelong change.

Marketing and Communications Director Lyndsey Vigil said, “Our mission is introducing people to the Real Jesus, so we put together a curriculum called Real Jesus that our lead pastor wrote with a few other pastors. It is a 10-week curriculum meant for a small group. We could have written a book just on meeting the Real Jesus, but we believe so much in community that we made it into a small group curriculum instead.”

Smaller groups are more flexible.

Some meet on Saturday afternoon at a restaurant. Others meet on a weeknight at someone’s house over dinner. Many of them meet in coffee shops or restaurants, or even break rooms over lunch in workplaces. Small groups do not have set times or places they have to meet. They can meet anywhere and as often as the group members agree upon, although the groups that meet weekly often experience the most spiritual growth.

Kids on the Move’s Ifeanyi Bellamy, formerly head of small groups at the Tulsa location, said small groups play a huge role in helping us find community. “Our small groups that we offer are all about what is it that you do?” he says. “It’s about you finding community. There are several different types of small groups: virtual, Bible study,  bike riding–all of them have different points. If you’re trying to help you grow in your relationship with God or understand the Bible, the Bible Study small group will be the best one for you. Or if you want to connect with others, try a sports group or motorcycle group. If you’re looking to do life with people though, a small group is great option for you.”

Small groups help form deeper relationships.

Relationships last longer when formed in small groups. Time spent together on a regular basis is an important factor in forming strong relationships. It makes a difference what you do with that time though. Recreation is helpful, but the strongest bonds form when people serve together and share their personal struggles. The Bible tells us to “bear one another’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2). Small groups help people do that within healthy boundaries. Those boundaries are important because that kind of care can be overused and abused when it all falls on one person’s shoulder.

Discipleship happens better in small groups.

Discipleship happens in relationships. Author, speaker and researcher Ed Stetzer found that 79% of churches in the United States and Canada consider small groups to be very important to the ministry of the church. Transformation happens through relationships, not just by passing on information. Church small groups act as a training ground in discipleship. Also, they show people how to maintain healthy Christian relationships, and take that discipleship training home to their families, workplaces, and the rest of the world.

If you are not in a small group, contact us for more information about how to get connected. Don’t miss out on the best way to grow in your faith and build lifelong relationships with our church.