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So What is This "Year of Transform"?

Posted: August 04, 2016

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
— Romans 12:2

Are you a Microwave or a Crockpot Christian?

By Pastor Randy Brandt

A former pastor at SOTV used to say that some Christians have “microwave” faith stories of dramatic life changes. Others have “crockpot” faith stories: over time they slowly grow and see God’s love changing their lives.

My own life has had recent Ah-Ha! “microwave” experiences at SOTV where my heart has been renewed in God’s love, like at high school summer beach camp, or in hearing Mike Schoonover’s recent presentation to men. And I definitely have the slow-cook, “crockpot” faith transformation that happens through weekly worship and the men’s small group with which I meet.  

The Year of Transformation Leadership Team has been meeting monthly to create a plan for a year which invites everyone to reconnect, renew and respond to God’s living presence and experience the life-giving transformation that comes through the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives.

We have defined Transformation as:

Involves something internal- a change within the individual.

This internal change frequently results in external behavioral & observable changes.

Our lives become more Christ like- centered on Jesus’ lessons and teachings.

One of our plans to celebrate a Year of Transformation in 2016-2017 is for members of Shepherd of the Valley to share faith stories. You will hear testimonies from members explaining how faith makes a difference in life, how they have powerfully experienced the Lord in their lives through church ministries. And you will have opportunities to share your encounters with God’s love at SOTV. We want our faith community to experience the inspiration of authentic accounts of individual’s encounters with Jesus so that everyone will be drawn to experience God’s grace and the joy of meaningful faith.

Oh, by the way, whether we have microwave or crockpot faith stories, we all are
on an adventurous life journey of being changed by God’s Holy Spirit. Wow, faith really does make a difference in life. 

I invite you to share your story by answering a few short questions. Please feel free to contact me or any members of the Transform Leadership Team.


The Transform Leadership Team
Chad Dahlke, Council Representative/Chair
Randy Brandt, Executive Pastor
Dawn Aase, Member
Brian and Deann Green, Members
Robin Robinson, Member
Kelly Toenges, Member
Sam Heiting, Office Manager
Pam Tschida, Children's Coordinator, PK-K