Mike’s Church/Mission in Las Vegas
What Mike didn’t realize in moving to Las Vegas is that there was a much bigger, far more important purpose in relocating his entire family to Las Vegas than having a show on the strip (though that was fun!). Mike, his wife, Tara, and their children, Seneca and Zachary have helped plant a church called Verve. Verve means passionate, vibrant, abundant life!
Mike says, “Verve that incredible life we experience when we make Christ the center and focus of our lives, and that is what we wish to share with and offer to the people of Las Vegas, particularly those who live and work on and around The Strip. We say it’s a ‘church for people who don’t like church.’ The message and beliefs are absolutely biblical and Christ-centered. Beyond that it’s totally different. No choirs and robes and dirge-like organ music. Instead we have a hard-edged rock band, videos, comedy, and a pastor who doubles as a stand-up comic.”
Mike volunteers 8-20 or more hours every week working with Verve. His activities involve playing lead electric guitar in the band, mentorship, community outreach through music and other activities, teaching, and good ol’ manual labor. “We practice what Pastor Vince likes to call ‘guerilla love,” says Mike. “We like to ambush unsuspecting yet deserving people with random acts of help and assistance. If someone is in a tough situation and needs to move, we get 6 or 7 guys and go move them. We collect school supplies for teachers and students in low-income areas. One time we gave away my show! I teamed up with my friend, Jeff Civilico and we did our Vegas show as a giveaway for people, so in this tough economic time they could get a real Vegas show for free (and packed the place, which was AWESOME!).
We’ve done spontaneous block parties, all kinds of things to help foster community. We’ve supported food banks, as well as other churches. What I like most is we start by serving. No questions, no requirements, just find a need and serve it. Given what all God has done for me I’m not EVEN close to re-paying all I’ve received.”