Behind every soul is a person. And behind every person coming to the moment of surrendering their heart to the lordship of Jesus is someone who’s prepared the ground.

I’m so proud of this team pictured above.

Today at New Life, we had 1,300 people come through our doors, and more people flooding the front during the altar calls for salvation and renewal than I could count [below].

Behind every life that was effected, I’m sure there have been years of prayer and multiple God-instances that brought them to this day.

But there was also this group of people. This group of actors, musicians, tech team, and department heads. And there are even more people not even shown here; this small group is a cross-section of 280 volunteers!

The point is that whenever any of our lives are touched in some way, including my own, there are people behind the scenes, who may not get any glory this side of heaven, who are responsible.

Volunteer in your church: from café worker to usher to cleaner to signer, you’ll be serving countless lives into eternal life.

Happy Easter. He is risen!

All for King Jesus,



[Photo by Tony Hayner]


Dark Bug · 31 Mar ’13 at 8:44 pm

He is risen indeed. Hallelujah!

Hannah · 1 Apr ’13 at 9:50 pm

wow great perspective! i love the thought of that! every little tiny thing makes a difference in the Kingdom!!
and gotta give honor where honor is due: once again, props to you for all the hours, hard work, prayer, planning, sweat, creating, etc. that you put into the whole thing! would have been a totally different service without all the heart you put into it!

    Rebekah B · 1 Apr ’13 at 10:35 pm

    Haha, Hannah, the other day I told him that without him we would have given everyone a tulip and said “Happy Easter”! 🙂

      Christopher Hopper · 1 Apr ’13 at 11:16 pm

      That was one if the best texts I’ve ever received.

    Christopher Hopper · 1 Apr ’13 at 11:16 pm

    Thanks, Hannah. Honored by your words and encouragement. I’m so proud of this team.

Rebekah B · 1 Apr ’13 at 9:50 pm

Yes, yes, yes!! So great to be part of it!

Daniel Byers · 1 Apr ’13 at 10:30 pm

Excellence is the word that comes to mind.

    Christopher Hopper · 1 Apr ’13 at 11:14 pm

    Thanks, Dan. This team worked so hard. Our New Life culture of excellence runs deep. I’ll pass it on.

Mike Kim · 2 Apr ’13 at 2:27 am

Beautiful team, beautiful church, beautiful purpose. Congrats to you, Kirk, and the rest of New Life. You didn’t just leave it at “done”…you went for “well done”!

    Christopher Hopper · 2 Apr ’13 at 7:23 am

    Thanks, my friend. I’ll pass this along. Great line! I know Pastor Kirk’s worked so hard to imbue the culture of the Kingdom into this place. It takes years to do, but is so worth doing; we’re reaping the fruit today.

Sam · 3 Apr ’13 at 10:19 am

The service was wonderful and how much meaning it brought to the hearts of all. What a wonderful job you’s had all done. I have a confession to make, I was raised and baptized as a Catholic, but I have never been so moved and have more faith and love as I do for God now as the NLCC has gave to me and show me so much more. I have regained my faith and want to server my Lord more now then ever. I can not give thanks and paryers enough for NLCC and My Friend Rhonda for bring me to NL. I also have to give a BIG THANK YOU to Jesus for not for getting me and forgiveing me and dying on the cross for not just me but for all of us. AMEN.

    Christopher Hopper · 3 Apr ’13 at 6:50 pm


    What a powerful testimony! Thank you for taking the time to share this comment. I really appreciate it. God is so faithful to us all, and I’m honored that we could play a role in the renewing of your faith in Jesus. It’s great to move forward together and reach this area for the glory of the Lord!



Aarathyn Arvell · 20 Apr ’13 at 5:59 pm

Hey Sir Hopper, I know that you’re pretty busy, but if you have time for a little fun, then I’ve tagged you!


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