Because of you, we as a church were able to advance the kingdom of God in amazing ways in 2016.
In Matthew 16, Jesus tells Peter He will give him the keys to the kingdom of heaven, and whatever he forbids on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever he permits on earth will be permitted in heaven. In this incredible passage, Jesus is talking about the foundation of the church, built upon an understanding of who Jesus is—that he has all power, all authority, and every answer to every need.
I believe that as the church, God has given us the keys to the kingdom of heaven. He has called Trinity Fellowship to plant gates of heaven in our communities so that we can storm the gates of hell.
In 2016, we stood upon the authority of Jesus and staked a claim on our territory for the kingdom of heaven. This is evidenced by the 3,107 salvations, 492 baptisms, and 7,625 average weekend attendance we saw this year.
Each of those numbers has a name, and each name has a story. You are a part of each one. Thank you for your generous support of the ministry of Trinity Fellowship. God is using your investment to continue our mission, which is to help people Experience God, Find Community, and Fulfill their Purpose.
We hope you enjoy taking a look back with us as we celebrate how God moved in 2016. In 2017, we will continue to plant gates of heaven in our communities, and we look forward to welcoming even more into the kingdom as we storm the gates of hell and invite people into a loving relationship with Jesus Christ.
Growing up, Earl longed for the approval of his father. “If my dad had love, it was tough love,” he says.
Earl remembers his mother praying for him and telling him about God, but as Earl got older, “I believed in God, but walking the walk — I never did. I never reached out to Him.”
He later married Debra, who attended Trinity Fellowship. Earl would agree to join her at church, but only four or five times a year, and only at Debra’s urging. She says, “It was sad and disappointing. I really wanted us to be Christ-centered and have a relationship with Jesus we could share together.”
Debra began fervently praying for Earl and their marriage, and then “I started seeing him change. He did everything the opposite of what had been ‘normal’ for him. First he wanted to come to church. I said, ‘Do you want to give your life to Jesus?’ and he said, ‘No, I’m not ready yet!’ then he wanted to start tithing. I asked him again if he wanted to get saved. ‘No, I’m not ready yet!’ he said. But I knew the Holy Spirit was working on him. I knew God was hearing my prayers.”
Earl even completed Growth Track and began to serve on the Dream Team as an usher, but he had still not fully surrendered his life to Jesus. “I knew I was doing things backwards,” Earl says, “But I wasn’t there. I felt like I was a disappointment [to God], and not worthy of the free gift of Jesus. I was ashamed of my past.”
In the same way he felt he needed to work for his earthly father’s approval, Earl was trying to prove he was worthy of his Heavenly Father’s approval. Through building relationship with fellow members of the usher team and regularly attending weekend services with Debra, Earl began to see that he truly is worthy of the Father’s love — just as he is.
It was after church on Valentine’s Day 2016 that, with his usher team leader, Earl prayed the prayer of salvation and received Jesus as his Savior. “Giving my life to God, I think He’s very proud of me. It feels like my heart is open a lot more, and I’m like a sponge. I just want to soak it in.”
Today, life is different for Earl and Debra, who says, “before Jesus, we were just waiting for the last straw, and now we have a hope in our future in Christ together. I’m married to a new man!”
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WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PART OF BEING ON THE DREAM TEAM?
“The community that is created and the friendships built while serving and connecting to people.” - Lindsay
“It makes me feel like I’m making a difference.” - Chad
“Years ago, others sowed into my life and helped me heal. I want to do what I can now to bring others into community to feel loved and valued. All the roles I serve in are avenues to be able to love others.” - Chonda
When Brett and Micah attended weekend services at the Hollywood Road campus for the first time in the summer of 2016, they were still reeling fromthe events of the prior two months — their house had been struck by lightning and was destroyed, their business was crippled financially, their personal finances were also in shambles, and the trust in their marriage was broken.
“When we walked into church that day, we were just holding onto each other like we were longing to start really living together,” Brett says.
“Afterward, we went up for prayer for our business, our marriage, and our home. Walking back to our seats, it felt like a huge weight had been lifted off of us. We also learned that baptisms were happening the next week, and we decided to just go for it! We were on the same page that this was what we needed.”
The couple were baptized the next weekend, and that was just the beginning. Brett and Micah were soon at the church several times a week because “we wanted to jump on every opportunity that presented itself.” As their home was being rebuilt, Brett and Micah were being rebuilt spiritually. He joined a men’s group, she a women’s group, and together they began attending a marriage group. They took classes on the Holy Spirit and inner healing, completed the Growth Track, and both now serve on the Dream Team. Through it all, they have found friends to identify with, mentors to help them along their journey, and a renewed hope for their marriage, business, and future.
Brett says, “We lost our house, but we gained a spiritual home through Trinity — a refuge when we needed it the most. Now I know that no matter how big of a mountain we are facing, with Micah and I together and with God on our side, we can do it.”
“We have had some new blended couples that have come to our group that had no idea how to have a successful blended family. Our group has helped these new couples with Godly principles and has given testimonies that have helped them realize that God loves them and is their biggest fan to becoming a successful blended family!” – Marcus and Krystal
“Relationships are forming and growing and women are sharing their prayer needs and personal struggles. We have women of many ages and stages and they are receiving from one another. It has been awesome to see God move in our midst!” – D’Les
WE ARE ONE
2,198 WOMEN ATTENDED THE WE ARE ONE EXPERIENCE
553 WOMEN ATTENDED A WE ARE ONE NIGHT
645 MEN ATTENDED THE CHASE EXPERIENCE
480 MEN ATTENDED THE CHASE EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
477 COUPLES ATTENDED THE XO CONFERENCE
57 COUPLES COMPLETED PRE-MARRIAGE CLASSES
251 COUPLES ATTENDED A MARRIAGE CLASS
“My favorite part of Exchange Camp was the chance to get to communicate with God through different ways and learning how to cope with things that aren’t easy in this season of life.” – Macy
“The worship experience was life-changing.” – Bryse
Henry grew up in a very strict religious denomination where, “we weren’t raised to have a relationship with God – as long as you went to church, you were considered a Christian.
You basically dressed the part, and there was never any questioning what was right or wrong.” As an adult, Henry’s job landed him in Wellington, where he met his wife Amanda, who was attending Trinity Fellowship.
“Coming from [my church] to Trinity was overwhelming – I was overwhelmed by the love...I loved how people were not afraid to show their affection for God and for people to be able to raise their hands and praise and not be ashamed...my experience with the Holy Spirit at Trinity has been quite amazing. At first I wasn’t quite sure how to take it, having grown up in the church I did.”
Henry was baptized and soon after, he and Amanda were married at Trinity Fellowship by Pastor Michael Breedlove. In the years to follow, Henry and Amanda had three children and had also hit a rough patch in their marriage. “We didn’t think we would survive it together,” Henry says. It was through attending our Wellington campus, listening to message series on marriage, getting connected with other couples, and intentionally seeking God together, that not only did Henry and Amanda weather the storm in their marriage, but Henry began to develop a real, true relationship with his heavenly Father and learn about his Holy Spirit.
“The Holy Spirit guides me, teaches me things – He is with me daily. The time that I knew that there was more to God would have to be when I saw our marriage healing – seeing that the closer I got to God, the better things got. It was a daily process of talking with God and seeking Him and His Word. Seeing that things were being healed through my spouse and myself just through prayer showed me a whole new perspective of God and His power in my life.”
No longer “dressing the part,” today Henry has a thriving relationship with a personal God whose Holy Spirit is alive and active. He and Amanda led a marriage Group in the fall of 2016, regularly serve on the Dream Team, and are encouraging those around them that having a personal relationship with God changes everything.
We are proud to support the following local, national, and international ministries in their mission to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ:
CLOSE TO HOME
CARENET PREGNANCY CENTERS (Amarillo)
FAITH CITY MINISTRIES (Amarillo)
THE PARC (Amarillo)
BELIEVE IN HIS NAME (Amarillo)
WISE CHOICES PREGNANCY CENTER (Decatur)
WISE CHRISTIAN COUNSELING (Decatur)
LIVE THANKFULLY (Decatur)
W.A.R.M. (Wise Area Relief Ministry) (Decatur)
SUNFLOWER CAMP (Decatur)
SERENITY CHURCH (Decatur)
AROUND THE GLOBE
CMF INTERNATIONAL (Africa)
HOSANNA MINISTRIES (Nicaragua)
INDIA GOSPEL OUTREACH
ISRAEL COLLEGE OF THE BIBLE
MOAZ ISRAEL MINISTRIES
METANOIA MISSIONS INTERNATIONAL (Nicaragua) MISSION MINISTRIES (Israel)
PENIEL FELLOWSHIP (Israel)
SAVIOR’S TEAR (Nicaragua)
STRATEGIC CHINA INITIATIVE
STREAMS OF WATER MINISTRY (Mexico)
BRIDGES TO THE NATIONS (Thailand)
2016 NEW RESOURCES
In November, MarriageToday launched Strengths Based Marriage nationwide. Strengths Based Marriage is a new book based on the best-selling Clifton StrengthsFinder Personality Assessment.
2016 FEBRUARY XO CONFERENCE
February’s XO Conference had over 430 global host sites with more than 50,000 participants live throughout the US and around the world.
This year we held the first-ever Senior Pastor Roundtable in Charlotte, North Carolina, with 28 Pastors from the East Coast, Florida, and Kentucky. This Roundtable represents a new opportunity for growth and expansion for TFAC.
“Opendoor has been so blessed by TFAC and Trinity Fellowship Church. Since joining TFAC, we have seen tremendous growth in all areas of ministry; much of that is attributed to the love, wisdom, and relationship we have gained from Pastor Jimmy and the whole team at Trinity Fellowship. We love the Trinity family and are grateful to be part of all God is doing.”
– Aaron Kennedy,
Lead Pastor of Opendoor Church, Winterville, North Carolina
“TFAC has been a game changer for me. I believe that I have the heart of a pastor but I lacked the development as a leader. TFAC has given me the tools necessary to become the leader I needed to be to take our church to the next level.”
– G. Laine Robinson,
Lead Pastor of Limitless Church, Dallas, Texas
Andrew grew up in a Christian home – the son of a pastor, he had accepted Jesus at an early age and later stepped into ministry, himself. Unfortunately, Andrew also began living a double life — struggling o and on with an addiction that ultimately landed him in prison, at the Clements Unit in Amarillo. “Reality set in for me that even as a Christian, I could stumble and fall,”
Andrew says, “I was so disappointed that I was sentenced to prison, and it’s no one’s fault but my own. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done and it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me because for the first time in my life, the Lord has my undivided attention. “
When Trinity Fellowship began holding services in the Clements Unit in 2012, Andrew was unable to attend due to his work detail, “but even then, I would pass by the volunteers and they would say ‘Hi’ to me and ask me how I was doing. I knew they wanted to get to know me even though I couldn’t go to the services.”
Shortly thereafter, a reassignment allowed Andrew to be able to attend Trinity Fellowship on the unit, and he jumped in with both feet, soon becoming a deacon, where he serves by setting up for the services and greeting his fellow inmates as they walk in. “When I came to prison, I told my parents, ‘I guess I’ll never be in ministry again,’ and Pastor Larry Miles told me, ‘that’s not true. You’re now a part of Trinity Fellowship.’”
One of Andrew’s favorite quotes is from Corrie Ten Boom, who says, “There is not a pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still,” and Andrew feels the same way about the Clements Unit. “There is not a place so dark that God cannot be there. The Trinity sta and volunteers who come here each week remind us that they do not bring God with them; He is already here. What they bring is encouragement, joy, and the opportunity to worship together.”
To the rest of his Trinity Fellowship family, Andrew has this to say: “We are so grateful that Trinity Fellowship and so many people are concerned about ‘the least of these.’ Some people in society may think we’re castaways, that there are no redeeming qualities in us; the people at Trinity are absolutely convinced that the love of God and his grace extends to people like us. We want you to know that it’s making an impact. Men are being transformed. It’s not just impacting the inmates, but there are men who are leading their own family members to Christ out in the world because of what’s happening in here through Trinity. The impact is greater than you could ever imagine. We can’t say thank you enough for remembering us. Even if you never get to meet one of us, what you’re doing and what you’re giving and what you’re praying is having a tremendous impact on us. We thank you for that.”