Category Archives: Goals


We are happy to announce The Daniel Plan is starting up again on Saturday, March 7th at 5:30 pm at The Place 4 Kids and facilitated by Craig Melfi and Roy Fegley. If you are interested in checking out The Daniel Plan please feel free to just stop in and see what it is all about at 881 W. America St. right next door to The Place Church.

The Daniel Plan has changed many lives in one way or another. It all depends on the individual and how they wish to apply the plan to their life. Some people make instantaneous change and some take baby steps, it all depends on them! This is a 6 week program geared up to get you started on a healthier you!

Here is what few of our Daniel Plan Alumni has to say:

“When I started the Daniel Plan one year ago I was skeptical as to whether this diet would work, as for I become disinterested in things quickly, until I read the book The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier You. Then I was hooked. It has great recipes, and basically easy to follow. If you’re hungry, you are not eating enough! I discovered this is not a diet, it is a plan, also it’s a walk with God. Making friends in the group I believe has helped my faith in a lot of things. I have lost 81 pounds to date and still am doing The Daniel Plan today! Join, Commit, and Succeed!” What an amazing testimony by James Loughry!

“I learned that it if you ask God for help with trying to be and get healthy he will show a strength you never know you had. Also that doing it with friends is easier than alone.” Thank you Craig Melfi!

Jayne Hellier says, “Knowing God is with us and sharing reasons for past struggles and how to stay focused is so helpful to success!”

Carroll Pulis has a great point here she says, “Having an accountability partner is really important to keep on track.”

I learned what God had to say about taking care of my body and by choosing a healthy lifestyle you actually honoring Him. Also that when you make healthy choices you feel better and can be more effective in every area of your life so you can be the person and live the life that God wants for you!” this is a fabulous testimony from Michal Combs!

There are many others that have lost weight, changed the way they look at food, and have taken up exercising. But the one thing they all have in common first and foremost is they found a closer relationship with God.

“Many diets and fitness plans use guilt as a motivation, but that never works in the long run. You can guilt yourself into doing anything short-term, but the change will last only as long as the guilt (or fear) does. In contrast, The Daniel Plan is built with love as the motivation: Experiencing God’s unconditional love for you, learning to love him back, learning to love whom God made you to be, and learning to give and receive love from others in a small group setting” from The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier You.

As you can see The Daniel Plan has and is impacting people in our community! Speaking of community The Daniel Plan is open to anyone interested outside of THE PLACE Church! So why not grab a friend and see how the Daniel Plan can effectively impact your life, we hope to see you there!


THE PLACE FORCE is getting ‘Daniel Strong’!


The Daniel Plan is alive and well at THE PLACE! A lot of people ask what is The Daniel Plan? Well The Daniel Plan is all about Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus, and Friends. It is plan to grow healthier spiritually, physically, and emotionally.

See, God designed our bodies to be healthy, providing everything we need to thrive and live abundantly. And with the assistance from medical and fitness experts, Pastor Rick Warren and thousands of people from the congregation at Saddleback Church started a journey to transform their lives. The result: 15,000 people lost over 260,000 pounds in the first year. But the changes in the people’s lives went far beyond the pounds they lost.

The Daniel Plan is far more than a diet plan. It is an appetizing approach to achieving a healthy lifestyle where people are encouraged to get healthier together by optimizing the key five essentials of faith, food, fitness, focus, and friends.

This program encourages you to deepen your relationship with God and develop a community of supportive friends who will encourage you to make healthy choices each and every day. The result is gradual changes that transform your life inside and out.

Here at THE PLACE we started a Daniel Plan group called THE PLACE FORCE that meets on Saturdays at 7:30 am at The Place 4 Kids and YES there is a lot of transformation going on! This group is now wrapping up but but we are happy to let you know you have not missed out because we are planning another exciting group for this Fall starting on Saturday September 13th at 7:00 am. Sign up now at the Information Center at THE PLACE and we would love to tell you more about this wonderful and exciting plan! Let’s get healthy together at THE PLACE!

By Shellie Loughry

06.27.10 ~ "Seven: Slothfulness"

We started a brand new summer series this week at THE PLACE. It is called “7”.



We are taking a close look at some interesting words that were penned well over 1000 years ago ~ we’re taking a peek at the ‘Seven Deadly Sins’. That’s right, each week we’ll be examining a different ‘sin’ and see how it applies to our lives and gaining keen insight on how to stay free. You don’t want to miss this first message in the series… “Seven: Slothfulness”

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Well, here I am… after over two weeks of silence I am here to communicate with the world again! I’ve had a ton of stuff transpire over the past two weeks both personally and in the church. For the sake of covering a lot of stuff, I’m going to break it down in some highlights so we can catch up with one another! Here we go!

– I was sworn in as an official officer of the US Government!
Well, I actually just went around filling out ten questions of people who were in transitory living places like marinas, RV parks and campgrounds for the Census Dept. ~ but it was a fun week and a half! My original goal was to get out into the community on foot and see some different sides of my town and this is exactly what happened. I made many wonderful relationships and have opened my eyes to a whole new community within my community.

– I took a promotion at the Census.
I was asked to continue my time with the Census dept. in a supervisory capacity with a team of 20 people under me. I accepted, however I won’t start that ‘tour of duty’ for another couple of weeks. I’m looking forward for the challenge!

– THE PLACE is going GREAT!
We couldn’t be happier with our first six weeks of ministry in Wickenburg. We’ve had first time visitors coming every week and the word of mouth around the community has been wonderful. We just finished a series on Nehemiah called ‘Rebuilding the Walls of Life’. Feel free to check it out at

– Xander is about to have his first birthday!
That’s right… our youngest is about to be ONE! It seems like only yesterday I was driving 80 MPH to the hospital while contractions were coming every couple of minutes. Now, he’s up and walking and having a blast with life! He is awesome!

Xander Gregory

Xander Gregory

– College is going great!
I’m only a semester and a half away from receiving my associate’s degree!!! I am currently taking College Algebra, Marketing, Internet Web Design and Statistics and after next semester… I will be official. I’m continuing my education at Grand Canyon University and will be receiving my Bachelor’s in the ‘not so distant’ future. It’s been a LONG ROAD, but well worth it!

– Zion and Dylan now have baseball mitts!
They have both expressed an interest in the sport of baseball, so we’ve been out throwing the ball every day. They are learning quick and I really enjoy having that time to spend with the boys. I love my kids with EVERYTHING that is in me! They are awesome!

Dylan and Zion

Dylan and Zion

– I now have a Ministry Coach through CMA!
I have recently entered into a relationship with another church planter from the AZ area who is linked to the Church Multiplication Association. His name is Mark Krenz and the church that he pastors is called ‘One Community Church’ and is located in San Tan Valley. I am looking forward to developing a long, lasting relationship with another church planter in AZ!

– Tara is doing great and enjoying life.
She is busy with homeschooling and overseeing many different facets of THE PLACE. One of the most successful projects that she has worked on has been our Monday ‘Healthy Steps PlayGroup’ which runs from 10:15am to 11:15am at the church. We have been averaging between 25-30 parents and children who attend each week. For more information on this group or any of the many activities going on at the church, check out our calendar page!

– I have an old friend coming out to visit from OH and I can’t wait to see him.
His name is Bradley Setliff and he is an amazing man of God! He writes some of the most amazing poetry (i hope that doesn’t make him sound uncool) that I’ve ever read. Check out his blog or his personal webpage. Not only can he lay down some amazing rhymes, but he’s an amazing freelance graphic artist. Check out his stuff!

Well, that’s enough for now. I’M BACK, JACK!!! I promise that you’ll be getting some regular updates now and I have some interesting stuff up my sleeve to share with the world. So, stay tuned and know that I love you all! I’d encourage you to stay up on the sermons because we’ve got some amazing stuff planned. We have some great things planned for Easter, then a series on TRAPS, a series called SIMPLE CHURCH and then a summer series called SEVEN! All packed with lots of surprises, amazing insight and a call to follow Jesus with everything you got!

Much Love from the AZ!

Goals. The Seeds of Change.

As we enter into another year, the idea of goals is at the top of everyone’s mind. People are talking about this goal or that goal or how they don’t set any goals at all. It’s a subject that is at the forefront of everyone’s mind and one that leads to more frustration than joy.

The top five goals that are set each year are often set around two subjects ~ health or family.

“I’m gonna spend more time with my family” or

“I’m gonna quit smoking” or

“I’m gonna get healthy”

All of these goals are great goals to have, but there are a couple things that we need to remember if we want these goals (or resolutions) that we make become reality.

1. The goal has to be measurable. “I want to be healthy” is not a good goal. Healthy to one person may be only eating 2 double cheeseburgers instead of 3, while to another it may be training for a decathalon. You need to define what that looks like. Instead of “I want to be healthy”, why not say, “I want to walk one mile four times a week” or “I want to consume 2000 calories a day” or “I will go to the doctor for a check up each quarter this year”. You have to be able to quantify your goal so that you’re able to do it! For health, a good tool to help you with the measurement of your goals is

2. The goal has to be atttainable. Maybe setting a spiritual goal of reading the Bible from cover to cover may sound nice today, but this has the potential of becoming very frustrating. Something great happens when we actually REACH a goal that we set. We obtain the wonderful gift of “MO” ~ or momentum. You may want to set a smaller goal like “I’m going to read the New Testament in 90 days” or “I’m going to read a chapter from the Bible every day for the next 365 days”. These goals will propel you into greater goals in the future and provide you with the satisfaction to keep going. A good website to help you with your Bible reading goals is because they will help you set a goal and stick with it!

3. The goal has to be directional. There’s a great scene that I like to paraphrase from Alice in Wonderland where she runs into the Cheshire Cat and she asks “Which way do I go?” The cat looks back and says, “Where are you going?” Alice says, “I don’t know.” The cat smiles and says, “Any road will take you there.” We have to know the GREATER goal. Where do we see ourselves in ten years and is this goal going to get us closer to that goal? We may need to stretch our imagination and come up with some huge goals. Imagine, if you could do anything or be anything and money wasn’t an issue, what would you do? Who would you become? Write it down. Now that you have the future picture, you can set some directional goals that will get you there. For example, if one goal is to become a doctor, then an immediate goal would be to sign up for a college class or apply for financial aide. For some more information on goal setting, you can check out

I hope that this gives you a little to think about. For me personally, I try to do this each year. I just dug out my list from 2007. On that list were these words…

“Start a church from scratch.”

I had long forgotten that I had penned those words three years ago, but here I am walking them out. It is like that goal was a seed planted in my soul which is now starting to break through the soil of life. Allow yourself to plant some seeds today and start setting some goals! If you set them today, one day you may just find them bringing a harvest into your life!