Wow! Recap of Our Power of ONE Event!

by ShaunKing on March 31, 2009 · 37 comments

Man!  I have so much to say about our “Power of ONE” event that I really don’t know where to begin. Before I say anything, I wanna give BIG SHOUT OUTS to everyone that made last night such a great success.  We are getting powerful testimonies and feedback and could not have done it without you!

BIG SHOUT OUTS! (Scroll down for our recap)

  • From the crack of dawn until nearly 11pm a group of staff & volunteers from The Courageous Church showed up in a major way!   I love y’all and love serving God alongside you!
  • Jinean – most of this event spun off of your creative vision and hard work! Bless you!  You are the bomb!
  • I am so humbled and thankful for the generosity and hard work from my good friends @ Revolution Church in Canton!  They provided ALL of our audio & video equipment, set it all up, tested it over and over and over again, and ran the service like it was one of their own.
  • Thanks to my friend Stephen @ Integrity Music & Traci @ Mariner’s Church in Irvine, CA for making our video of our friend Israel Houghton possible on very short notice during a crazy busy time in all of their lives! Technology is so amazing!
  • I asked hundreds of you all across the world to pray for the success of our event and you shot me messages all night letting me know you were praying!  Means the world to me!
  • A huge shout out to The Remnant, Funk Lordz, Gina Loring, our graffiti crew, DJ Dust, Deacon & The Courageous Church worship team, and all of the creative wonders that took our service to a whole nutha level!  You all were AMAZING!
  • Thank you to all of you that came out and experienced God in a fresh, new way!
  • Scott Hodge & crew sent us a ton of glow sticks, but UPS messed up the order and we couldn’t use them!  We are thankful anyways!
  • Dean Carter, Roy Craft, my main man Sam the sound tech, and the entire Morehouse College family was very gracious the entire night and allowed us to really push the envelope in a major way.
  • A big personal shout-out to my wife for holding it down with all 5 kids by herself last night!  You are amazing (and hot)!
  • If I left anybody out, you know I’m a thankful dude!

PRE-EVENT RECAP of Power of ONE @ Morehouse College

  • We arrived @ Morehouse @ 9am to begin setting up and preparing for our event @ 7pm.  I was in a pretty serious mood most of the day because our production for our event was pretty stinking elaborate and were really only going to have about 2 hours to rehearse as one big team.  I would not advise this!
  • We ordered 5,000 flyers that were supposed to be in on Friday, then on Saturday, then Sunday, and they never showed up yesterday!  We got a refund, but I will probably never use MiamiFlyers.com again if I’m in any type of hurry.  Our team winged a last minute marketing blitz with homemade flyers and free pizza that helped create a lot of buzz and boosted our attendance at the last minute.
  • We also promoted the heck out of our event on Facebook with ads, etc. and anticipate that half of our crowd learned about the event online.
  • Chad, Thad, Preston, Kevin, Swift, Ricky, and Gary (did I leave somebody out…that sounds like a rock group) from Revolution Church showed up early and BIG with a rocking sound system, projectors, screens, and all of that stuff!  They are were awesome! (See my shout out above)
  • Let me say a bit more about the work that God is building together with Revolution Church & Courageous Church……
  • After the event was over last night, the Dean of the Chapel @ Morehouse College was very curious how “a church like mine” and a “church like Gary’s” had gotten together to do an event on the campus of Morehouse College – the only college for Black men in the country.  I discussed this with Gary and our teams for a few minutes and I think it warrants a blog post very soon.

THE EVENT!!!

  • I connected so much with a new song that Israel Houghton has out called “The Power of ONE” that we decided to shape our event after this theme.
  • Morehouse College basically gave us complete freedom to do WHATEVER we wanted to do and we ran with it.
  • To help generate BUZZ and attention and to give people a sneak peek of what we would be doing once we opened the doors to the event, we set up a HUGE GRAFFITI mural outside of King Chapel that we would start outside, break down, and finish inside.  It was amazing!  Pictures are coming soon, but it was BEAUTIFUL and shocking that this art was done live in just a few hours.
  • Our b-boy crew, FunkLordz, also performed outside of King Chapel and they were the bomb!  They were super talented, a ton of fun, and gave people a glimpse of what our event would look like.
  • The Dean of the Chapel thought what we were doing was a ton of fun and I was pleased with this because I really didn’t know what he’d think!
  • People kept asking outside, “This is going to be a church service?” We smiled and said YES!
  • We started the event with a comedic hip-hop voiceover of the story of creation that really got people loose and laughing.
  • Then the Funk Lordz came out for a dance set that was THE BOMB!  Everybody there seemed to really enjoy them.  Our event was supposed to have a hip-hop theme and we really wanted to incorporate all of the different elements into our time.
  • After the Funk Lordz did their thing, DJ Dust used Serrato technology to really mix & chop up a very simple intro video he filmed of me on Sunday after our service.  I LOVED IT! LOVED IT I TELL YOU!
  • Gina Loring – poet/rapper/singer extraordinaire performed an awesome piece that immediately set the tone for where we planned on taking the night.  When I tell you that this sister is BAD I am making a major understatement.  She was amazing!
  • The Courageous Church worship team then came with 2 really awesome songs (Hero & Lions, Tigers, and Bears and DJ Dust used Serrato to mix up some videos during the songs.
  • During all of this, our graffiti artists were finishing up on stage the mural they started outside!
  • We played an awesome video that Israel Houghton filmed just for us on the Power of ONE followed by his track of the same name.  We’re uploading the video for you to see now…
  • The Remnant then came with some amazing tracks that they customized just for our event!  These guys are the bomb! My wife (who is very picky) loved them and thought they may have been the highlight of the night.
  • After this I preached a message on how ONE person can change the world and shared some common reasons we all use to not do what God has called us to do!  People were very engaged and received the message very well.
  • I have spoken @ Morehouse nearly 10 times and chose to tone down my style of preaching tonight to be very conversational and easy to follow.  This doesn’t happen much @ Morehouse and folk seemed to appreciate it.
  • After my message I did an altar call and prayed person by person for everyone that came forward.  This exposed my Pentecostal roots, but I still believe in this :-)
  • During the altar call we did a remake of the Beyonce song “Flaws & All”
  • We closed out the night with an awesome track from Deacon & Marquan and some dancing by Funk Lordz

Sounds like a lot, right?  We did all of this in about an hour and a half (and I didn’t even mention the offering and announcements)!

Some Amazing Feedback!

  • The Dean of the Chapel said we had the largest number of students in a chapel service in a very long time.  I was pleased with this.
  • The Dean had a big smile on his face and was very complimentary afterwards.  I was glad for this because I still get the feeling that The Courageous Church might eventually hold a Sunday night service there @ Morehouse on a weekly basis.
  • Gary Lamb said our church “might have the most unique and creative worship elements I’ve ever seen. Very impressed!” and that our DJ, DJ Dust was “Best I’ve ever heard…Amazing”
  • A college student wrote me on Facebook right after the event and said that the sermon was “one of the best I’ve ever heard.”
  • Another college student wrote and said, “I have never seen a church use so many different skills and gifts and talents in one service.”
  • Several senior pastors and youth pastors in attendance said, “Can I steal your ideas?” or “I am taking this stuff back to our church right away.”  I love that! Steal away!
  • Nearly a dozen people came up to me after the service and commented on the very first point that I made on how it seems that God chooses and uses the “wrong” people.  They have felt like the “wrong” people their entire lives and now see that God loves using people that don’t quite fit the status quo.

I’ve written all I can stand to write!  I wish we had video of the service, but we’re just 2.5 months old and we’re just not there yet!

If you were there, I’d love to get your feedback!

Also, if you are an AUC student, what do you think about us hosting a weekly Sunday night service there sometime in the next year or so?

  • Melissa

    Shaun, I know you want feedback from people who were there, but I had a major incident yesterday that kept me away. I was thinking about you and praying mightily for the entire crew. I am so excited to hear what happened last night. I am so proud to say you are MY pastor!

  • Christopher P.

    I am currently a student in Baltimore who has a vision for a church plant here. (Waiting on God)
    Shaun, I watch your every move and am blessed by God's hand upon your life. You being an inspiration is an understatement! I wish I could have been there, but it sounds like it was an awesome success!
    Keep up the good work my brother; I will keep you in my prayers. I have looked for your podcasts but cannot find them, any ideas?

  • http://www.purpose4you.org Dion Evans

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawsome! Man, that sounds so off tha' chain and that God was glorified in such a fresh and diverse way. Way to keep your heart open for God to touch the people God wants. I love it!!!

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  • http://uppitynegronetwork.wordpress.com the uppity negro

    As a student up at the AUC, I think hosting a nightly service might actually work. Although it's the night before class, a lot of us from up north are used to nightly services and Atlanta doesn't offer a lot for Sunday night church.

    I would definitely go there when I could get away.

    But kudos to last night, I think it went over well.

  • shaunking

    Thank you so much for your prayers!! I hope you all are doing OK. See the pictures I just posted?

  • shaunking

    Hey man! I am glad to know that you are interested in church planting. All of our cities need many more church plants. I will keep working hard and keep busting my butt so guys like you can learn from my successes (and failures)!

  • shaunking

    Thanks a ton bro! Hope to see you and the fam soon.

  • shaunking

    Thanks for the suggestion Robin! I will follow up for sure. Got an email from your pastor saying he wanted to connect. Responded. Let him know I'm here if he needs anything.

    -Shaun

  • shaunking

    Thanks a ton bro! You are right…Sunday night (and even Saturday night) is much bigger in the North. We'll see what happens. Glad you connected with what we are doing.

    Shaun

  • http://mergeworship.com adam_herod

    Pentecostal roots?! I knew there was some reason I liked you…

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  • shaunking

    Haha! My ordination and previous pastoral experience is about as Pentecostal as it gets man!

  • http://mergeworship.com adam_herod

    I feel ya. I was raised COGOP. Started in the mountains of NC around 1910 after Azusa made it's way east. Now serving in a Presbyterian church. They made me promise to only pray in English.

  • http://dturn.wordpress.com David

    OK. you guys are officially OUT OF CONTROL! :)
    Way to raise the bar, once again.
    I'm taking notes.

  • shaunking

    Thanks a ton bro! Keep praying for us.

  • Alphonsothe3rd

    Very well done. Creative. Great use of talent/Giftings, executed in excellence. Simple yet profound message….AND my 7 year old son said " thanks to them i got some new dance moves!" Gotta love that! ____Keep up the great work!

  • http://www.myspace.com/remnantmusic Adam

    We, The Remnant, were so honored to be apart of the experience. We were both sick as dogs and swore that we were just going to offer our contribution then bounce shortly afterward. We ended up staying for the whole service and only left when we absolutely couldn't hang any longer. We thoroughly enjoyed the message so much that we found ourselves looking like…"oh, its over". We didn't even realize it:-)

    Much love and respect goes out to Gary Lamb and Revolution Church. Before soundcheck, i asked Dust if you rented the equipment or did Morehouse provide it for the revival, b/c we've performed in King's Chapel probably 5 times now and its NEVER sounded that good!

    Courageous Church has our prayers for growth and continued success!

  • Kenny

    Man I really wanted to be there… and if I hadn't called to see i had to rehearse… I would've been there…. I really wanted to be there… but oh well… there WILL be a next time…..

  • HARVEY HAMP

    MY GOSH!!!! I DON'T KNOW WHERE TO START!!!!! LAST NIGHT AT MOREHOUSE CHAPEL WAS JUST AWESOME!!!! I AM VERY PROUD OF PASTOR SHAUN KING AND THE COURAGEOUS CHURCH FAMILY FOR KICKING OFF THE FIRST NIGHT IN A WEEK OF MINISTRY!!! I RECENTLY HAD SURGERY SO I HAVE NOT BEEN IN ATTENDANCE AT COURAGEOUS CHURCH FOR SEVERAL WEEKS NOW,BUT I HAD TO ATTEND THE EVENT TO SUPPORT PASTOR SHAUN AND MY CHURCH FAMILY. THROUGH SEVERAL WEEKS OF SEVERE DEPRESSION DUE TO THE DEATH OF MY NEPHEW WHO WAS MURDERED IN EARLY FEBURARY,AND FINDING OUT THE END OF FEBURARY THAT A COUSIN WHO WAS ALSO MY PRAYER PARTNER WAS FOUND DEAD IN HIS APARTMENT AFTER SEVERAL DAYS ALLOWED FOR ME TO BEGAN THE HEALING PROCESS AFTER PASTOR SHAUN PRAYED FOR ME. WHAT AN AWESOME ANOINTING THIS MAN HAS!!! GOD BLESS PASTOR SHAUN ,HIS FAMILY, AND THE COURAGEOUS CHURCH FAMILY!!! SEE Y'ALL SOON!!!

  • Ariel C.

    Yesterday's service was AMAZING! The music was hot, the message was deep, and the atmosphere was electric. I would love to see a Sunday night service at King's Chapel. I would attend and bring my friends who don't normally "do" church. Keep up the FANTASTIC work Courageous Church!

  • Art_Good

    Very awesome. Props to Courageous Church. Go God!

  • http://http://creativefuelstudios.com/the-talent/jim-gray/ @jim_gray

    Shaun, i know that you and Courageous put your whole heart into this event. And I appreciate the fact that you reached out and asked for prayers. Thanks for mentoring boldness for all of us out here.

  • http://crosscampusministry.com Mike

    This looks like it was done with a very excellent attitude. Great Job, it looks amazing

  • shaunking

    Thanks a ton Mike!

  • shaunking

    Keep on praying Jim! We need it man!

  • shaunking

    Hey Ariel!

    Thanks so much for your feedback! Come on out and hang out with us during Servolution or Free Breakfast! Hope to see you around soon!

    Shaun & Crew

  • shaunking

    Hey Harvey!

    I was so glad to see you man! Glad that you are recovering well bro! Hope to see you during Servolution or on Sunday morning soon!

  • shaunking

    Hey Kenny!

    Don't sweat it man! Maybe next time you'll be playing alongside us :-)

  • shaunking

    HEY MAN!

    You all were the bomb! Thank you so much for pushing through and making with us on Monday! Can't wait to work with Remnant some more in the future!

  • shaunking

    We'll keep on pushing man! Tell your son we said hello!

  • http://http://creativefuelstudios.com/the-talent/jim-gray/ @jim_gray

    you are scheduled on my google calendar for prayer

  • Lee"Roy"

    Pastor Shaun,
    I am soooo excited about what God is doing through The Courageous Church. My frustration is why won't more black churches reach out to the community like this. I am called to plant and am prayerful about planting a church that reaches the community at all costs. I am submitting to the counsel of my pastor and trying to be patient (pray for your brother LOL!) I am a Morehouse graduate and attended Morehouse when you were in office as SGA Pres…PLEASE BELIEVE if they would have had a church service like this when I was there…I probably would have come to know Christ earlier. I am very excited…if at all possible, could you give me some words of encouragement about timing and that sort of thing? I have zeal and I don't want it to take me out of God's timing. Thanks sir!

  • K. Denise

    So I was there that night and I know what it feels like to think that you're the wrong person, so I was one of the people that you prayed for at the end, and I was so convicted and inspired by what you said and then I donated some stuff to Servolution and then I participated in one of the projects, and now I am a better person! Thank you!

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