loren Eric Swanson: Rolling Hills Community Church

Monday, January 30, 2006

Rolling Hills Community Church


Saturday afternoon I flew into Portland to be with Rolling Hills Community Church in Tualatin Oregon outside of Portland. RHCC is a great church and is part of the Leadership Community for Externally Focused Churches. They are in a unique position to be both a great attractional church and a great externally focused missional church. On Sunday morning I met with the team leaders of externally focused ministry...a passionate group of people who are committe to getting the church outside the walls.

The new building is absolutely incredible--probably the best looking / designed church I've been in. Huge foyer area...a welcome center that looks like the great room of a lodge...complete with fireplace...little alcoves of couches, chairs and coffee tables for informal meetings...the Atrium Cafe (note how they resisted the temptation to name it something like "Higher Grounds Cafe") that serves the best Starbucks coffee and specialty drinks...and that's all before getting into the worship center which is beautiful with sound system and acoustics of a fine concert hall. The community is clammoring to be a part of Rolling Hills.

After the service we had lunch with key externally focused leaders and then drove up to Black Butte Ranch for a staff retreat until Wednesday afternoon. We've been looking at creativity all day and this group is ready to break new ground. They are so well positioned to lead and come up with break-through ideas, paradigms and innovations. This is a lot of fun.

3 Comments:

At Monday, January 30, 2006 7:26:00 PM, Blogger Jeff Pioquinto,SJ said...

wow. nice blog. just droppin by. thanks.

 
At Friday, February 03, 2006 11:51:00 AM, Anonymous Faith Carter said...

Eric,
Our minds are still spinning after time with you.
Thanks for investing in us.

 
At Sunday, February 12, 2006 11:54:00 PM, Anonymous Liz Dugger said...

Eric,
Another amazing retreat. We're working on the blog deal...how did you get yours to look so good? :-) The inspiration and insight of those 3 days will carry me thru 'til 07. Thank you and God Bless!

 

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