I’m often asked why Jennifer and I decided to move to northern NY. Aside from simple obedience to the Lord, it’s because we fell in love with a vision.

We believe we can help affect a county for Christ.

We’re profoundly blessed to serve under some of the healthiest leadership anywhere on earth, and we’re surrounded by the most amazing support structure. How? I have no idea, other than to say God blessed us despite us.

8 months ago New Life was so full in its single Sunday service that we had to go to 2 services. Next month, on November 13th, we’re so full again we’ll be going to 3 services.


And yet we’re quickly approaching our very first goal: to reach 1% of our county for Jesus.

It’s still far too few.

If numbers mean people to you, then numbers matter. Because they matter to God; and they certainly matter to the devil.

The more I spend time with lost, hurting people and see their lives turned around by Jesus, the less time I have for the religious critic, pessimist, and cynic.

No matter the size of your particular church, lay your hand to the plow and be faithful to the vision you’re around. I believe the Lord will measure much by that.

And to those who wonder as to the time commitment for such county-influencing efforts, might I quote the late Sue Garland:

“I don’t have anything better to do.” ch:



mooney · 20 Oct ’11 at 12:48 am

Simply incredible. God has brought the church a long way from the Old Stone Church.

    Christopher Hopper · 20 Oct ’11 at 12:54 am

    And for those who know the story like you, it’s even more of a God-thing.


    I mean, come on!

    You know God is chuckling.

mooney · 20 Oct ’11 at 1:10 am

It’s been a winding road, but we started attending there in 1988 when I was 10 years old, and in December, my oldest, Laila, will be 10. I can’t wait to see what God does in the next 23 years!

    Christopher Hopper · 20 Oct ’11 at 6:45 am

    Word. You’re building and leaving an amazing legacy my friend.

Mike Kim · 20 Oct ’11 at 2:13 am

Amazing!! Since the harvest is ripe, I’m praying for many (many) laborers…all these services definitely takes work! So happy for NLCC!

    Christopher Hopper · 20 Oct ’11 at 6:47 am

    Thanks Mike. We have around 180 volunteers at the moment, but growing our bench is certainly a need, albeit exciting. As someone who’s walked this road before, I/we appreciate your prayers.

Beth Walrath · 20 Oct ’11 at 4:52 am

Wow. Awesome. I’m not surprised but excited. When I first walked into that stone church in Depaulville, what made me come back was I felt God’s presence stronger than I’ve ever felt before in a church that I visited. Now as Dan said last night, it’s home.
3 services, more time to serve others & more time to build Godly relationships. Love it!

    Christopher Hopper · 20 Oct ’11 at 6:49 am

    Great seeing the transition in your life over these years and your desire to serve people.

costa · 20 Oct ’11 at 8:56 am

I am excited you, Jenny, and the kids are here too. I’m also grateful to be a part of the church and what’s going on in Watertown, NY.

    Christopher Hopper · 20 Oct ’11 at 12:48 pm

    The feelings are mutual, bro. In fact, on Sunday I was recalling the first time you walked into the back of the sanctuary. Blessed to call you friend, friend.

Jay Trainer · 20 Oct ’11 at 2:03 pm

Sweet, Christopher. And how true is the point about spending time with those that need healing compared to the critic. Likewise, I find myself when I’m in the middle of God’s will and anointing, I have less time and less temptation to be the critic and the cynic.

    Christopher Hopper · 20 Oct ’11 at 2:04 pm

    “…I have less time and less temptation to be the critic and the cynic.”

    Man, this is such a fantastic observation. I couldn’t agree more. A very valuable comment to have left here; thanks Jay.

wayne thomas batson · 20 Oct ’11 at 3:36 pm

Next up: a Saturday evening service! Our church started that last fall and we LOVE it.

    Christopher Hopper · 20 Oct ’11 at 4:15 pm

    We’ve discussed that! (You good Catholic, you). 😉 Would love to do a conference call with some of your leaders/elders about how that development went.

Jeremy · 20 Oct ’11 at 7:36 pm

Then when you get even more people there is always the multiple campus idea that a lot of the churches in D.C. do…. just sayin 😉

    Christopher Hopper · 21 Oct ’11 at 6:23 am

    That’s definitely a great idea, Jeremy. Thanks for the suggestion. I’ve never felt that Watertown was metropolis enough to support multiple campuses; however, if 1% is 1,200, I guess it doesn’t matter how big I think Waterown is: 10% is a considerable group of people! (Far bigger than any buildings we have up here).

Christian Fahey · 20 Oct ’11 at 7:38 pm

Absolutely Christopher. Numbers DO matter. If the kingdom of darkness adopts a “take-no-prisoners” approach to wrecking humanity (in huge quantities), how much more should we, as bearers of the light, seek to take as many to the Eternal City as we can? This is just one more manifestation of this eternal perspective. Uber kudos to the team at NLCC for loving, caring and making a difference. It absolutely matters and God is honored. Yes! (I don’t know how to say “bring it!” in Latin or Hebrew, but you get the point!)

    Christopher Hopper · 21 Oct ’11 at 6:25 am

    Thanks for your kind words. While it may feel a little far removed, you’ve been a part of this process, and are again. Looking forward to the days we have ahead of us.

    “I don’t know how to say “bring it!” in Latin or Hebrew, but you get the point!”

    I wish you’d find out!

wayne thomas batson · 20 Oct ’11 at 9:34 pm

Good Catholic? Christopher, did you mean me? Lol, and I thought you knew me…SPEW

But I could totally set up a call for you with my church peeps. Let me know.

    Christopher Hopper · 21 Oct ’11 at 6:20 am

    Ha ha ha. I thought you’d like that.

    That a call would be great! Let me know who to connect with.

Auggie · 21 Oct ’11 at 11:35 am

Woooohoooo!! God is doing wonderful things! So pumped!

Cheryl · 22 Oct ’11 at 5:12 pm

I would love to see an evening service either on Saturday or Sunday around 6:00 p.m.

One church I attended years ago would have a meal once a month before the Sunday evening service. It was potluck & so much fun to see what people would bring. 🙂

    Christopher Hopper · 22 Oct ’11 at 5:19 pm

    We’re researching a Saturday evening service. Seems that it might be pretty popular.

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