The Cre8 Family

What Is a Cre8 Family?

First and foremost, a Cre8 Family does NOT have to attend Cre8 or be a part of anything we’re doing. All families are different and we know that a family can strive to hold onto the power of together no matter where they live or “attend“ church. The only numerical goal we have is how many families we have the privilege of knowing about – no matter where they live – who identify themselves as a Cre8 Family. While we won’t indulge what that number is right now, I can tell you that it would be impossible to fit everyone under one roof – which is the whole point. No church building can house everyone in an area who chooses to follow Him. There is only ONE place we all fit – in our homes!

A Cre8 Family …

1) Commits to growing together, not apart! Ephesians 2:19-22 The church of Jesus is built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets – people – with Christ himself – a person – as the chief cornerstone, as part of God’s household – home. Church nowadays segregates the family from birth in “age-appropriate environments“ in the hopes that when you’re all together at home, everything works out. We believe in the power of worshiping and growing together. We believe in the shared worship of the generations together. How can you grow together if you’re rarely together when learning about God? 2) Defines church as family first! Deuteronomy 6:5-9 Church was never supposed to be a place you go – it is something you are! As long as you are trusting an institution to provide spiritual and relational growth for your entire family, you run the risk of that institution failing you or worse – lulling you into taking no responsibility for yourself. Get this phrase into your head and heart … Your family is your church! Your family is your church! Your family is your church! If this is too extreme for you, think of it this way: Your family is your primary small group! Your family is your primary small group! How can you convince your family that THEY are the church when the only “church“ reference you make is where you attend? 3) Allows each family member to uniquely connect with God and others! 1 Peter 4:8-11 Together is vital. Allowing individual expression is vital. Think of a big box that someone forces you to live in. No one likes to be forced into a box and told who you need to be. Corporate church chooses a style of worship and a system of discipleship that it wants you to accept and do. Not everyone connects or worship the same. God gave us all different DNA! Now, think of a small box that every family member can place likes, dislikes, passions, desires and wishes into. When doing something TOGETHER, it’s like pulling something out of the little box and saying, “We love each other so much that no matter what is pulled out of the box, we’ll all engage wholeheartedly. If may not be what I like, but doing this shows how much I love you!“ Together is protected. Individual expression is allowed! How do you know how authentic your family’s worship is if you’re always apart, or if you never allow for personal expression? 4) Loves and leads each other to play a role in Christ’s church! Ephesians 5:21-27, 32 Scriptures that talk about marital relationships and assert things like “wives submit to your husbands“ and “husbands love your wives like Christ loved the church“ often cause trouble. Some guys like for their wives to take care of everything and set the tone when it comes to church. Some women don’t feel their husbands can handle being the “spiritual head of the household.“ Ephesians 5:32 explains everything clearly – While marital relationships are a mystery, the writer is talking about Christ and the church! Wives – you need to submit to your husbands because at times, he needs your trust and support to be who God has created him to be. Husbands – you love your wives unconditionally, without judgment or criticism, because at times, she needs your unwavering love and support to be who God has created her to be. As a family, our primary scriptural responsibility is to love and lead each other to play the role in life God has designed. If we are not loving and leading each other well in the home, how can we live out God’s purpose outside of the home? 5) Focuses on what produces life, not destruction! Philippians 1:9-11 Since the Garden of Eden, we have been consumed with what’s right or wrong, good or bad. For you to be right, someone else needs to be wrong. For you to be good, someone else needs to be bad. From the beginning, God wanted us to focus on what produces LIFE! Every interaction you have either helps you grow closer to someone or further away, builds someone up or tears them down, makes them feel better about themselves or feel worse. What if our focus shifted into saying and doing what we know will produce life – what helps us grow closer, build up and help others feel better about themselves? May our love abound more than our judgment, criticism and desire to prove how “right“ we are! Do we accomplish more by forcing our “rightness“ on people or saying and doing what helps produce “life“ in a situation? 6) Seeks their vision from God and chooses to create! Nehemiah 6:3, 4:14 Our Yearly Theme is based on Nehemiah 6:3 – “We are doing a great work and cannot come down!“ Our Memory Verse for this series is Nehemiah 4:14. Read this verse over and over and over and over until it really sinks in! We need to fight FOR others, not against. We need to seek our vision, guidance and direction directly from God Himself, not what an organized institution says you need to do. God will call you to something that only you can do! To live out His purpose for your life, you need to be willing to listen and submit to Him! What wall are you building, journey you are traveling, or battle you are fighting? What or who are you fighting FOR? What or who are you fighting AGAINST? If you consider yourself a Cre8 Family, we would love to know so that we can continually pray for God’s provision, protection and guidance for you!

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