Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Present...and the Future

It has been an interesting and busy adventure this summer here in the PNW. I have found myself on the constant move here serving at The Commons and working a part time (but full time) job at Best Buy. Life has definitely been on the fast track.

I write to "fill in the blanks" on where I am and what you may have heard or not heard.

At the beginning of October, I will be moving back to Birmingham, AL. The reason is for school. Since serving here at The Commons and in the PNW for almost two years, I have learned a lot about myself, my skills, and what it takes to be an effective minister/church planter. A month ago, I was re-reading a book called "Radical" written by a pastor named David Platt. As I was consuming each page, God began stirring within me some questions and thoughts.

"Can I effectively take someone from knowing nothing about Christ to knowing, believing, & growing in Him?"

"Can I train that person to do the same with people they come in contact with in their everyday life?"

"Do I have a solid grasp on what it means to effectively disciple someone to the point of where they can do the same?"

"Do I equip others well?"

I could answer these questions with a human response and say "yes" to all of the above, but I can't. With prayer and meditation, I concluded that to be most effective in other's lives, I would first need to be "equipped in equipping others". In 12 years of ministry, I have always been someone who does the watering meaning that I took others who have already had a foundation and I would tweak and build off of it. Here in the PNW, You have to be a planter/equipper/sender. I believe that I am not fully equipped yet to effectively be all of these. For me to do what God is calling me to do here, making disciples of Christ who make disciples of Christ, I will need to be better equipped. This equipping will come in the form of school. I plan to return to Birmingham, AL to get my masters (M.Div) in Church Planting.

Why Birmingham?
Prayerfully going back to my home state is far less expensive for me. I could take online courses here in WA, but the reality is that I couldn't focus on school, church, and a full time job at Best Buy. So moving back makes sense as well as being obedient to what God is calling me to do.

My plan is to sell all my furniture that I currently own, pack up a small U-haul trailer, and move back to AL. Once I arrive, I will immediately be looking for a full time job and enrolling to the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Extension there in Birmingham. My Goal is to finish school.

God has used me in so many ways and taught me so much while I have been here. It is definitely a tough move for me because my heart is here in the PNW and in The Commons. I have seen so many lives impacted by Christ and seen over 10 students (who were unchurched) give their life to Christ.

I want to personally thank each and every one of you for your prayers, encouragement, and your financial support. Thank you for being the "Church". Through your support, lives were eternally impacted and changed.

After October 1st, I will no longer ask you to support me financially, but will ask that you prayerfully consider supporting The Commons ( We have been used in a tremendous way to impact the Arlington, WA area and will need continual prayer and financial support to continue to do what God has called us to do.

Again, I can not express how much your support has meant to me. The last 2 years of my life is a true testimony of what Christ can do through someone who is just willing to step out into the unknown and the uncomfortable. May He increase in us as we decrease.

I love you all.

-Cham McCutchen

Monday, July 12, 2010

Sports camp 2010

It's here nice again!!! We had 185+ kids this morning! More to come and blogged about this week.

-- Post From Cham's Phone

Monday, May 10, 2010

One day you will be hugged.

As I was talking with one of my best friends on the phone last night, a thought hit me. One day everyone of you who have supported me & The Commons in prayer, encouragement, & financial support will be hugged (if not tackle hugged) in Heaven. Why? Because you have been apart of God's ministry here in Arlington, WA that God has used to change lives. Those hugs (I promise you) will come from me and all of those here in this area who have been impacted by God through The Commons. Go ahead and get ready!

I have been thinking of all the incredible things God has allowed me to be apart of up here and the ministry that I have had the privilege of doing and it blows my mind. I have seen a lot of people and students come to know Christ as their savior. I have seen marriages put back together. I have seen believers revived and now on board with God's mission. I have seen God take a church with few ragtag people leading it and use them to impact a community.

It's surreal. It's all God. Get ready for your hugs. I have mentioned this before, but let me explain again. You are just as important in this ministry to the unchurch as anybody else. With no arm, how can a hand ever function? God setup the body of Christ for a specific reason.

So I just wanted to share with you my thought on a Monday morning. Get ready to be hug. I know there will be a line of students and adults ready to hug and thank you for being willing, sacrificial, and obedient to God in support me and The Commons. You are impacting and I thank you for that. Love and miss you all!