Party for the Soul, June 24, 2-6pm

 2017 RoyCochran.com & ThirdChair 

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Saturday, June 24, 2-6pm
Party for the Soul

Carlsbad, California


Chef Sean

Our beloved chef from The Grove Gatherings is throwing down some amazing gourmet food for YOU at Party for the Soul! 

Menu: Pork Loin Balsamico
Cinnamin Apples • Garlic Mashed Potatoes • Dessert

BYOB  - Bring Your Own Beverage that will pair up with Chef Sean's menu and a maybe a little more to share.


This just in . . . 

Tom Clark's Painting will be auctioned off at Party for the Soul!!

Be ready to take home a one of a kind original painting by Tom Clark made right before you eyes!


Let us know you are coming!

RSVP on Evite • Facebook Events
or roy@roycochran.com
sorry . . . if you've received more than a couple invites from us. We are still scrambling a bit to get the word out. Please be encouraged to bring a friend who might need a Party for their Soul. 


Click on Party for the Soul for more details on each of the guest ARTISTSsharing at the party. Also learn more about how you can help us help Syrian Refugees living here in San Diego through our friends at Light & Color Arts who bring love, encouragement and resources directly into the lives of these families.

The first NEW GROWTH that is sprouting out of our hearts is a Summer Series of Art & Love we are calling Party for the Soul. We plan to host 3 parties this Summer starting in two weeks on June 24th. Party for the SoulWe are throwing a PARTY for your soul, for your heart. 

It is written "Laughter is like medicine for the soul" & "the JOY of the Lord is my strength." 

We believe that everyone who attends these Parties will experience God loving them THROUGH the people and artists who are presently being LOVED by God. Loved people, love people, right? Come over and BE LOVED and come over and BE LOVE to others. Great people make great parties! Please come make this party GREAT!

In keeping with BEING LOVE to others we are raising some cash to express love to some Syrian Refugee families living here in San Diego who are struggling in their new life here. Our friends at Light & Color Arts work "hands on" every week being LOVE to these Syrian families. We are coming along side them and LOVING these families.

If you'd like to get in on this, you can also express love by giving towards Party for the Soul either at the event or right here online.  click GIVE

2017 Summer RoyCochran.com & ThirdChair

ThirdChair Summer 2017  
Party for the Soul

Hey friends,
Just a quick note to say Hello and Thank you! There is so much to communicate of all the love Father, Son & Holy Spirit is pouring into our hearts. It's wonderful. It's disruptive. It's life-giving. It's hard to explain and it's changing us from the inside out in beautiful ways.

We are so excited about how He's loving us. We are Living Loved and it's actually changing us and those of you who walk with us know what we are talking about. 

We can only describe this season of the last two years as a winter. A season where He actually CAUSED us to lay down in His green pastures of rest. A season He CAUSED us to learn how to receive from Him. A season of Father teaching us about RESTFUL INCREASE while we squirmed around detoxing from DOING to feel loved. It's been an unusually long season for Christine & I where Father has been deepening our roots into His heart and revealing fresh mysteries of His love towards us through this somewhat still time. (Ephesians 3) 

We sense He is moving us into a spring season. A season where our expanded, deepened root system has an increased capacity to LOVE that was not present before our winter that will support the new leaves & branches of His expression of love. This increased capacity to love is directly proportionate to us BEING loved by HIM through the winter and now into the spring.

The first NEW GROWTH that is sprouting out of our hearts is a Summer Series of Art & Love we are calling Party for the Soul. We plan to host 3 parties this Summer starting in two weeks on June 24th. Party for the SoulWe are throwing a PARTY for your soul, for your heart. 

It is written "Laughter is like medicine for the soul" & "the JOY of the Lord is my strength." 

We believe that everyone who attends these Parties will experience God loving them THROUGH the people and artists who are presently being LOVED by God. Loved people, love people, right? Come over and BE LOVED and come over and BE LOVE to others. Great people make great parties! Please come make this party GREAT!

 

In keeping with BEING LOVE to others we are raising some cash to express love to some Syrian Refugee families living here in San Diego who are struggling in their new life here. Our friends at Light & Color Arts work "hands on" every week being LOVE to these Syrian families. We are coming along side them and LOVING these families.

If you'd like to get in on this, you can also express love by giving towards Party for the Soul either at the event or right here online.  click GIVE

 

Come September, we hope to launch our first Gathering that will love musicians, visual artists, technical artists, actors, film makers, dancers, songwriters, AKA Artists. We are calling it  The Artist Table, a dinner gathering with a focus on their interior life, their creative life and how one feeds the other. 

These are really the FIRST FRUITS of ThirdChair ministries. We are so honored and deeply grateful for the love & support you have poured into us, especially throughout our winter. You were and remain a critical part of His Love and Care for us. Thank you.


We are in our 10th year of the crazy life of living by faith that Father will support us financially through you, empowering us to focus all our time and energy into the lives of hundreds of people.
Christine brought a beautiful correction my way the other day. I was trying to explain to someone how we live and mentioned that we live on "support" through donations from people in whom God has put it in their heart to do so. Christine corrected my statement by saying," Roy, we haven't been living on support from people, we have been living on Love from people. Love has been what we have lived on for the last 10 years."
She is so right! So thank you for those of you who have been loving us through the years. Your "love" is making a way for us to share Father's love with so many people.
Thank you for your love.
Roy & Christine

Strengthening & Encouraging the Spiritual Lives and Creative Work of Artists

Pictured below here are just a few of the people whose lives are being impacted through your donations. It's humbling AND exciting to see Father's favor on our expression of love called ThirdChair. This really doesn't reflect half of the lives & expressions we are connecting with. Thank you for partnering with us. Thank you for encouraging us. Thank you for walking with us. Click on each picture for info about each photo.


Donations

We invite you to prayerfully support this work of connecting artists to their hearts and destinies. 

Where transformative expressions of ART flow out of the hearts of Artists Living Loved.

 

BECOME A MONTHLY SUPPORTER.
Our Monthly Supporters are the backbone of our ministry, ThirdChair. You allow us to Love, Mentor and walk with Artists, Curate Gatherings & Pioneer fresh opportunities for Artists to communicate God's Love in our world.

Make a generous SINGLE gift to RoyCochran.com &ThirdChair.

 

*note that the cut-off day for each month's gifts is the 25th. Gifts made after the 25th will not be received by ThirdChair ministries for 30 days.
Please make ALL DONATIONS through The Grove from my website www.roycochran.com/donate and not through The Grove site. We have made a few changes and it's best to simply give through our site. Thank you. Please call me if you experience ANY difficulties in giving to us. contact me

Thank you for the time you've invested in reading our news letter and to allow us to share this exciting invitation to minister to artists with you. Love, Roy & Christine


Third Chair Plans for 2017

• Weekly Mentoring

PASTORING, COACHING, OPENING DOORS, CHALLENGING, DREAMING WITH WORSHIP LEADERS, MUSICIANS, SINGER/SONGWRITERS, VISUAL ARTISTS, FILM MAKERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, PASTORS, TECHNICAL ARTISTS, AUTHORS, PRODUCERS AND DREAMERS.


• The Artist's Table

A GATHERING FOR ARTISTS TO COME TO A TABLE WITH ONE ANOTHER, SHARE A MEAL, SHARE SOME STORIES AND ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER INTO THE LIFE AS AN ARTIST AND AS SOMEONE GROWING IN THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.


• Artist's Living Loved Gathering

PARTNERING WITH FATHERHEART SPEAKER LEONARD HAYS, WE HOPE TO INVITE ARTISTS TO GET AWAY FOR 3 DAYS AND SOAK INTO A FRESH REVELATION OF SONSHIP SPECIFICALLY CURATED TOWARDS THE HEARTS OF HIS SONS & DAUGHTERS WHO'S UNIQUENESS IS FOUND IN THEIR ARTISTRY. Boston/NewYork •Nashville•Southerncalifornia are the likey locations this year.


• Worship Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil 2017

WE HAVE BEEN INVITED BACK TO BRAZIL TO SPEAK TO THE HEARTS OF THE WORSHIP LEADERS & SONGWRITERS OF THAT COUNTRY. OUR GREAT FRIEND, PRODUCER, WORSHIP LEADER & SONGWRITER, ANDRE AQUINO HAS BEEN CONNECTING HIS COUNTRY WITH WORSHIP ARTISTS SUCH AS KIM WALKER SMITH, JESUS CULTURE, BETHEL MUSIC & JOHN MARK MCMILLAN TO NAME A FEW. WE ARE HONORED TO COME ALONG SIDE THIS MOVEMENT.


• Refreshment Retreats at Chateau Cochran

MANY OF YOU KNOW THAT AT ANY GIVEN TIME THERE IS USUALLY A GUEST OR TWO STAYING AT OUR HOME FOR 2-4 DAYS. MANY OF THEM ARE COMING IN OFF A TOUR, SOME ARE FRIENDS WHO ARE IN TOWN OR IN COUNTRY AND DESIRE SOME EXTENDED TIME WITH US. WE HAVE SEEN SO MUCH BREAK-THROUGH, ENCOURAGEMENT AND REFRESHMENT COME IN THESE TIMES. WE HAVE A DESIRE TO EXPAND AND EXTEND THE EXPERIENCE BY BUILDING A UNIQUELY STYLED GUEST HOUSE IN OUR LARGE BACKYARD.


• Creative Workspace

WE HOPE TO PROCURE A SPACE AND DEVELOP A CO-WORKING COMMUNITY OF ARTISTS, DESIGNERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, ILLUSTRATORS, FILMMAKERS, WRITERS, MUSICIANS AND MORE WHO BELIEVE THAT WE CREATE BETTER TOGETHER IN AN ENVIRONMENT BRIMMING WITH CREATIVITY.


• Songwriter's Woodshed

WE HOPE TO BEGIN GATHERING AND WRITING SONGS TOGETHER WITH BOTH LOCAL SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SONGWRITERS AND ENCOURAGE THEIR CRAFT THROUGH NATIONALLY KNOWN SONGWRITERS I AM IN RELATIONSHIP WITH. PARTNERED WITH 3CATNIGHT STUDIOS, RECORDING SUPPORT IN A WORLD CLASS STUDIO IS PART OF THE BENEFITS SONGWRITERS WHO BELONG TO THIS COMMUNITY WILL ENJOY.


• ThirdChair House Shows  

WE HOPE TO SEE 2017 FILLED WITH MANY HOUSE SHOWS FEATURING LOCAL AND NATIONAL ARTISTS SHARING THEIR GIFTS WITH US IN AN INTIMATE SETTING. WE CURRENTLY HAVE 2 VENUES AND ARE LOOKING TO DISCOVER A COUPLE MORE VENUES WE CAN BRING AND SHARE BEAUTIFUL EVENING FILLED WITH STORY-TELLING, SOME FILLED WITH SONGS OF WORSHIP

Merry Christmas 2016 RoyCochran.com & ThirdChair

It's our desire that each of you reading this update would actually be experiencing BEING LOVED! Be it being loved by your spouse, being loved by your kids, being loved by a friend, being loved by a significant other, being loved by a neighbor, being loved by a parent, how about being loved by YOURSELF. You DO know that you were created and designed to be loved and to impart love?

You all have probably heard it said that GOD IS LOVE. You may or may not agree with that declaration depending on if have or have not encountered being loved by God. Not just agreeing with that statement to be true but to actually EXPERIENCE God loving you. 

I have growing relationships with hundreds of artistically gifted people all over the world. Some create and share their talents in the church, some do not. Some are people who have a relationship with God and go to church and there's a growing number who have a great relationship with God are currently not attending a church on the weekend. Some might not even identify themselves as a christian. Some of them say that our time together in a coffee house is like "church" for them, that they feel a connection with God; that our conversations about Him as a Father, as a Creator, about their uniqueness & significance and how they are beginning to pay attention to their own hearts. About how their lives as artists, as creative people and about how they might express what is in their hearts through their artistic expression. Why do you suppose that is? I believe its about LOVE. I believe it's about RELATIONSHIP. I believe it's about our HEARTS.

Why is it, you think, that so many people believe that having a relationship with God is primarily about changing your behavior to gain acceptance from God, that you have to first pledge allegiance to His set of laws to get Him to love you. Many of you know there is so much more to the story of God loving us even while we ignored Him. There is never a time in history that God is not loving us. The challenge is to discover WHY so many of us cannot receive His love. Distortions of His love for us, people in relationship with Him living loveless, legalistic lives who can seem to have a quest to get everyone around them to believe as they do can be so harmful  and destructive to culture. Getting back to the story of a mysterious simple love that came at such an incredible cost is what the human heart will respond to. Jesus said all of scripture, doctrine and laws are summed up in this: Love God with everything you have and Love others as you Love yourself. How far some of us have drifted through the years away from this kingdom reality. I believe THAT is the Christmas Story. Love came towards us and now it's our move . . . to respond. What might that response look like? Maybe it's as simple as saying in your heart, "yes God, I want to know what it's like to have you love me." Truth be told I continue to respond that way even after 30+ years of relationship with Him, I still find my heart saying, "yes God, I want to know what it's like to have you love me . . . reveal to my heart what that looks like for us."

I believe it is significant that scripture says that God has chosen to make His preferred habitation IN OUR HEARTS, not in buildings, not in the heavens separated from the children He created in His image, but IN OUR HEARTS. That is the place He loves to love you. That is the place He loves to speak with you. I am finding that most of us let our head's talk ourselves out of living from our hearts. We tend to live through what our head's can agree with, what is logical, what we can understand and control, truth be told. 

So, it REALLY IS our desire that each of you reading this update would actually be experiencing BEING LOVED! That you would experience God loving you as a Good Father/Parent loves their children; that you might dare to believe in your heart that God sees you first and foremost as His child Whom He desires to have a loving relationship with and that you would have the grace to LOVE the YOU Whom He created. You are significant! 


Generous People Leave A Legacy Of Significance.

Don't you find that to be true? People generous with their resources, generous with their time, generous with their money, generous with the doors they can open just seem to have large, significant lives. Seems the more they share, MORE comes into their hands. We believe this is a "GOD" paradigm. 

So many of you fit this description. You are generous people. Some of you have partnered with us financially in ThirdChair. If you are not already supporting our ministry, WE REALLY NEED YOUR CONTRIBUTION at this time. I believe it's a BEAUTIFUL thing that we NEED each other.

So we humbly & unashamedly ask that you would consider joining us and help us with a MONTHLY gift. We are solely dependent on the gifts from people like you who invest with us into the hearts & lives of creative people. Or please consider a generous Year End Contribution to Roy Cochran.com/ThirdChair. All donations are of course, tax deductible. 

Donations

We invite you to prayerfully support this work of connecting artists to their hearts and destinies.

 

BECOME A MONTHLY SUPPORTER.

OUR MONTHLY SUPPORTERS ALLOW US TO MENTOR ARTISTS WEEKLY, CURATE ARTIST GATHERINGS & PIONEER NEW EXPRESSIONS FOR ARTISTS TO COMMUNICATE GOD'S LOVE.

 

MAKE A GENEROUS YEAR END SINGLE GIFT TO THIRD CHAIR.

THESE GENEROUS SINGLE GIFTS HAVE HISTORICALLY COME AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME TO KEEP US GOING. 

Joey O'Connor support video 2016

Please listen to a brief encouragement from Joey O'Connor, President of The Grove Center for the Arts & Media.

All donations must be received by the 25th of each month for them to reach us on the 1st. 

Please make ALL DONATIONS from my website www.roycochran.com/donate .  We have made a few changes and it's best to simply give through our site. Thank you. Please call me if you experience ANY difficulties in giving to us. contact me


Strengthening & Encouraging

the Spiritual Lives and Creative Work of Artists

Pictured below here are just a few of the people whose lives are being impacted through your donations. It's humbling AND exciting to see Father's favor on our expression of love called ThirdChair. This really doesn't reflect half of the lives & expressions we are connecting with. Thank you for partnering with us. Thank you for encouraging us. Thank you for walking with us. 

Photos: Trevor & family with Father Heart Leaders from Overseas, Mako Fujimura at a Culture Care Conference, Garden Echo, Guitar Legend Arnie & Holly Vilches, Artist Thomas Clark, Father Heart Ministries Das & son, Illuminator Stephen Proctor & Christine, Henry Haney and his new guitar from ThirdChair, Rick Sainz from Red Seal & I, Party for the Soul, Chris Falson, United Pursuit comes to the OC, Gary & Bridget from the Horizon Praise Band, Rusty & Maryann Lawrence LoveLooksLikeSomething, Cara Sullivan at 3CatNight Studios, Andrew Moberly 3CatNight Studios, Keith Felch-owner of 3CatNight Studios, British Worship Leader Lucy Grimble & bass player Charlie Thornton, Canadian singer/songwriter Eles Theissen, Abide Night of Worship at the Ruckle's, Amy Pearl & Jay Huzil album release show, Capitol Records Building, Studio A, singer/songwriter/producer Paul Clark mastering his latest record on vinyl at Capitol Records, Executive Producer of the movie Restored Me Alan Chua & I, Simon Matthews from FatherHeart and his family in England, Julian Wiggins producer/composer/creative director of the upcoming Cirque style show about the Love of the Father while we were in England, Danny O'Callaghan leading with Joe Urquhart at David's Tent in England, tour curator from St.Mary's in England, St. Mary's sanctuary.

Third Chair Plans for 2017

• Weekly Mentoring

pastoring, coaching, opening doors, challenging, dreaming with Worship Leaders, Musicians, Singer/Songwriters, Visual Artists, Film Makers, Photographers, Pastors, Technical Artists, Authors, Producers and Dreamers.


• The Artist's Table

A Gathering for Artists to come to a table with one another, share a meal, share some stories and encourage one another into the life as an artist and as someone growing in their relationship with God.


• Father Heart Gathering for ARTISTS

Partnering with FatherHeart speaker Leonard Hays, we hope to invite ARTISTS to get away for 3 days and soak into a fresh revelation of Sonship specifically curated towards the hearts of His sons & daughters who's uniqueness is found in their ARTISTRY. 


• Worship Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil 2017

We have been invited back to Brazil to speak to the hearts of the Worship Leaders & Songwriters of that country. Our great friend, producer, worship leader & songwriter, Andre Aquino has been connecting his country with worship artists such as Kim Walker Smith, Jesus Culture, Bethel Music & John Mark McMillan to name a few. We are honored to come along side this movement.


• Cirque du Soleil style Show about the Love of the Father

That's right! This show is currently being developed and the people who say "they MUST be part" are some of the who's who in this industry including Cirque Star, Erica Lenz. ThirdChair is involved at a producers level connecting with the hundreds of Artist relationship we have developed through the years, story development through the unique lens of looking at the FatherHeart of God and communicating this without words in a Cirque du Soleil styled world class show in Las Vegas, and in ministering to the cast and crew of this show. 


• Creative Workspace

We hope to procure a space and develop a co-working community of artists, designers, photographers, illustrators, filmmakers, writers, musicians and more who believe that we create better together in an environment brimming with creativity.


• Refreshment Retreats at Chateau Cochran

Many of you know that at any given time there is usually a guest or two staying at our home for 2-4 days. Many of them are coming in off a tour, some are friends who are in town or in country and desire some extended time with us. We have seen SO much break-through, encouragement and refreshment come in these times. We have a desire to expand and extend the experience by building a uniquely styled Guest House in our large backyard.


• Songwriter's Woodshed

We hope to begin gathering and writing songs together with both local Southern California Songwriters and encourage their craft through nationally known Songwriters I am in relationship with. Partnered with 3CatNight Studios, recording support in a world class studio is part of the benefits songwriters who belong to this community will enjoy.


• ThirdChair House Shows  

We hope to see 2017 filled with many house shows featuring local and national artists sharing their gifts with us in an intimate setting. We currently have 2 venues and are looking to discover a couple more venues we can bring and share beautiful evening filled with story-telling, some filled with songs of worship


Summer 2016 News RoyCochran.com/ThirdChair

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The latest from RoyCochran.com & ThirdChair Ministries

Hosting our friends from Malaysia with FatherHeart Ministries treating them to tacos at the beach

Well it has been a FULL Summer for the Cochran's and for ThirdChair ministries. We are brimming over with excitement and anticipation for all Father is stirring our hearts with, for the invitations we are receiving and for the doors God is opening up for us. 

Our next steps include a ministry trip to England, announcing dates for our Artist's Table Gatherings, announcing dates for some ThirdChair House Party's, some exciting partnerships with a Recording Studio and funding platforms for artists. 

We are also discovering more and more people, like many of you, who are called to walk along side of us with their time, with their contacts and with their support in this adventure of saturating the earth with hope through the creativity of artists experiencing the love of God. 

Perhaps YOU are the next person we will discover who wants to join us in setting a table, opening doors and connecting artists to their hearts and destinies through ThirdChair ministries. Let's have coffee and talk about it. roy@roycochran.com.

 


Trip to England via Flagstaff

David's Tent, The Love of the Father & Cirque du Soleil

We will be leaving for Arizona on Tuesday Aug 23rd for Connor and he will move in on Thursday morning. That same Thursday afternoon after we move him into his dorm, I will be leaving out of Phoenix for England to be part of David’s Tent, serving in any capacity they might need "me to be me" for the event and the artists. I also will have 2 days to connect with an artists friend and do some writing/planning for a new production that will be a Cirque du Soleil style production with amazing orchestral pop music that will hope to tell a story (without words) of the Revelation of the Love of the Father. Talks are currently taking place for the show to be seen Internationally. Currently there are invitations from 5 countries for 6-8 week runs 5 days a week. Crazy right? And I hope to connect with our friend Simon form Father Heart ministries while I’m there. My trip will be a little more than a week wrapping back up in Phoenix for a meeting and then home. 


Head vs Heart

We had another financial surprise as I really had not planned on going to England as all our resources are so far extended just getting Connor off to College but a long time friend who I sat next to at a Red Seal last Tuesday evening asked if I was heading off to England out of the blue. I said, “no, not really planning on it with all the expenses of college, etc." He says, "I think you are supposed to go so how much do you need?" SO …. that’s how this trip came to pass. And like our trip to Armenia, we are also sensing that Christine might supposed to be on this trip. We currently have no way for that to happen but, my amazing wife has already packed a bag anticipating an 11th hour provision by Father. We have not seen that provision . . . yet,    but invite you to join us in praying into this adventure possibility with us. 

What impossible possibilities are stirring around in your hearts that your head has talked you out of? Please let us join you in asking Father to speak into these stirrings and to take a actionable step of faith towards those things in He may have placed into your heart. It’s what Love would look like, right?  To encourage each other more and more for the impossible things of the kingdom. Let’s stir one another up to be a group of sons & daughters who actually care enough about one another’s dreams to DO something about it.


Third Chair House Shows

Chris falson and friends at Party for the soul

Chris falson and friends at Party for the soul

An interesting observation I've come to notice is how much time and energy I tend to spend TALKING ABOUT GOD, ABOUT THE CHURCH, ABOUT THE ARTS, when all the while my heart genuinely desires for those I'm communicating with to EXPERIENCE GOD LOVING THEM, EXPERIENCE THE CHURCH LOVING THEM, EXPERIENCE THE ARTS BRINGING BEAUTY AND TRUTH AND WONDER to their lives. I'm challenged by this personally. How little time we seem to invest in helping one another DO and STEP INTO what and WHO we are talking about. We believe this current "prompting" is from God so one of the ways we are responding to Him with what we are calling Third Chair House Shows. These House Shows will be a place, a venue, an environment in which we will allow ARTISTS to BE ARTISTS and share their artistry with us and our friends. A place where WHAT IS IN THEIR HEARTS can come through their artistry. The type of Artist or Artists will determine what KIND of HOUSE SHOW it will be. Because of our relationships with such a diversity of artists, we are going to be able to present a wonderful palate of different LIFE-GIVING evenings.

Gungor communicating at Lost & Found

For instance, we are speaking with UNITED PURSUIT about an evening of worship. We are speaking with artists about an Immersive evening of LIGHT and SOUND. We have some artists who are bringing the overflow of God loving them into mainstream Indi-Pop Music. Where can you bring your relationships who currently have a different spiritual outlook or social value than you do? When Jesus met Zacchaeus, a person far from ever believing the kingdom of heaven was at hand FOR HIM, Jesus went to Zacchaeus's house party. Where can we bring the Zacchaeus' of our life where they can encounter the love of Jesus in a setting they are comfortable with? Jesus could have invited him to his "stadium event" or to "the weekend service" He was speaking at but instead Jesus entered into Zacchaeus' environment. Jesus just being Jesus was a light they probably never expected to encounter at Zac's party. 

"LIVE" art painted by Tom Clark at Party for the Soul

"LIVE" art painted by Tom Clark at Party for the Soul

We belive that when these artist's hearts are filled and overflowing with the love of Jesus and the love of the Father and are empowered by the Holy Spirit, an evening of Indi-Pop music and storytelling can be the most life changing , anointed environment ANYONE can experience. It's not a bait & switch strategy. It's a belief that beauty has power. It's a hope that artistry can open eyes to see more. It's a truth that the One we call God is an Artist. A discovery that Holy Spirit anoints all kinds of artistic expression, not just worship songs. It's an understanding that people have a capacity for mystery and that in the midst of a song, in the middle of a story, while gazing at a work of art coming to life, that God can speak to ANYONE's heart and they can experience Him loving them. 


Third Chair House Shows presents:

Indi-Pop Artist Eles Theissen 

On Tour from Canada

Friday Night, September 23rd - 7pm • The Cochran House 4985 Via Marta, Carlsbad, CA 92008

We INVITE you and your friends to an up close and personal evening of music, storytelling, enjoyment and inspiration with Eles at our house. Feel free to bring you favorite beverage of choice to enjoy during the evening.

I would describe Eles' music as kind of a cross between Jason Mraz & John Mayer. Here's one of his music reviews .... "Honest and courageous songwriters, the ones that touch our hearts, have always had the ability to bear witness to the darkest corners of their souls and still inspire and uplift us. Elessar's newest full length album "A Rainy Week in Paradise" exposes us to longing, angst and agony, fear and shattered confidence, and yet comes through it all with hope and joy, rooted in love, truth and deep faith."

Come on out! Bring a friend. Feed your Soul. Stir your creativity. Enjoy and support ARTISTS. Eles will be making his recorded music available for sale that evening. There is no charge for this event but may we suggest a $10 donation to support the evening.


On the Family Front

Trevor: Trevor has been home from his travels abroad. Four months in Nepal and 6 weeks traveling through much of Western Europe is a life changer for a 20 year old young man. Trevor is living back in Carlsbad and working at a local coffee house. I'd say he's still processing his trip and all his heart encountered along the way. He is exploring fresh ways to encounter God in experimental worship environments. He is committed to grow in his musical vocabulary. He continues to press forward in his film making and developing some clients who need video help in telling their story for both web-sites, social media and crowdfunding. He is also working with promoting the Motion Picture "Restored Me". Trevor's style and "way" will always be left of mainstream in his pursuit of a fully alive adventuresome life of knowing God loving him just as he is. 


Connor: Connor is in his first year, actually his first MONTH of attending Northern Arizona University NAU. He's all moved into his dorm room and is adjusting to the pace of life as a full time student. Gone are the days of "Surf PE" at Carlsbad High (although he does have a rock climbing class) and so as Connor put's it, "Things got REAL!" His photography expertise has already been recognized as they jumped him into Photo 200 classes immediately. And through he will continue to pursue his gift as a photographer, Connor's major is in Business. Math not being among his favorite or easy subjects, Connor is pressing into this new challenge of academics. It's a pretty steep learning curve and he's had his initial "I'm outta here" freak outs (NORMAL). He is settling in and getting to work figuring out his new rhythm and life challenge. 


Christine: Christine simply goes after 110% of living life! Consistently challenging the boys & I to really LIVE life vs just surviving. We both are adjusting to the idea that we are "empty nesters" although the nest has yet to be empty. We continue to have a steady flow of people coming in to stay with us, including Trevor from time to time. Christine has also started working at Sprouts fresh produce store as a cashier a couple of month's ago. It's a big change for her and for us. While she is an obvious light full of love in the store, it's simply hard work and a really different rhythm. Now, if you know Christine you know that she is probably the hardest worker you ever seen. She can crank! It's just a different kind of fatigue she is adjusting to. She continues to meet with ladies one on one and hosts LoveLooksLikeSomething at our home every Sunday evening. This new season as Third Chair continues to unfold for us and in us. 


Sadie the Bernese Mountain Dog: Sadie continues to be a comfort and 150lbs of love at Chateau Cochran. 

Donations

We invite you to prayerfully support this work of connecting artists to their hearts and destinies.

Become a monthly supporter. Our monthly supporters allow us to mentor artists weekly, cover our travel and curate artist gatherings.

 

Make a generous Single Gift to Third Chair. These generous single gifts have historically come at JUST THE RIGHT TIME to keep us going. 

 

All donations must be received by the 25th of each month for them to reach us on the 1st. 

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Roy & Christine at the Love Like Jesus Symposium in Scottsdale, AZ

Friends, we are so excited to introduce you to our Next Step . . .

What is ThirdChair ministries?

ThirdChair ministries is the brand new ministry Roy & Christine Cochran have just started. We believe God has invited us to take this next step with Him in loving people, in helping them discover and deepen their personal relationship with God, to gain an identity as sons & daughters being loved by a heavenly Father and to manifest that love to their world. The specific people group of our focus is and has been the creative community of people known as artists. We believe that through ThirdChair, God desires to encourage artists to make room for the reality of His presence. ThirdChair will be active in setting a table and opening doors for artists, that through their artistic expression, each manifestation of the love of God that pours out of their hearts will bring light, beauty, hope, healing and love into our world, into our communities, into our churches and into our hearts.

To me, THIRD CHAIR represents a huge shift. A normal shift for anyone in relationship with the Living God. A shift from talking about God to speaking with Him. A shift from learning about God to knowing Him. A shift from trying to live the christian life correctly to simply letting Him love me. A shift from serving in ministry for Him to being invited to love people with Him. This is the reality that we are leading the creative community of artists into, a life with God. A life experiencing Him loving us. ThirdChair is setting a table for the love of God in the hearts of artists.

At Our Core: We are living in an age in history where God is revealing Himself as Father in an unprecedented way. His invitation to us is to live as His children with the hearts of sons & daughters. We are finding that this revelation and sound biblical teaching of the Love of the Father working through hearts that are open is producing a transforming, life-giving message of Love, Life and Hope throughout the earth. We are finding a Father that loves us with a love that reaches beyond all human expression of what love is. This truly is a love that surpasses knowledge. Through His life, death and resurrection, Jesus has opened the way to the Father. 

Our Hope

Saturating the earth with the good news through the creativity of artists experiencing the love of God

Our Strategy

Providing inspiring, transformative encounters for the creative community of artists, bringing them into their true identities as sons & daughters and encouraging their creative reach in this world as artists, both in the church and outside the church.

Our Focus

Setting a table and opening doors for artists, conversing with artists about identity and possibilities, connecting artists to their hearts and their destinies.

Our Methods

Pastoring & Mentoring - Each and every week Roy has the honor of giving his time, his talents and his heart to worship leaders, songwriters, film makers, visual artists, technical artists, musicians, producers, authors . . . you get it . . . to ARTISTS. These conversations are the backbone of our ministry. It's where transformation happens in the loving environment of real relationship. Roy's reputation of love, experience, safety and his unique heart for artists has invitations and requests for his time coming from all over the world. It's both an honor and unfortunate that Roy's heart to mentor artists is so unique. Our heart is to "activate" as many mentors as possible to join us at ThirdChair in developing the spiritual life & creative work of artists.

Artists Gatherings - Roy has been curating artists gatherings on a local & national level for the last 8 years. A new season of Gatherings are currently being curated for Southern California called The Artist Table. Artists are invited to come together to share a meal and feed each other's souls. These unique times together are filled with inspiration, love, space and the gift of BEING with others like you . . . with artists who are "all in" with the calling God has given them.

Songwriter Getaways, Workshops & Coaching - Songs have the unique ability to go right into the heart. Their place and value in culture and in the church are undeniable. Millions of songs are downloaded by millions of people every day. When the hearts of today's songwriters are alive to the love of God AND are skilled at the craft of songwriting, they have the ability to speak into the hearts of everyone who listens. In church, the songs we sing inform our theology as much as any sermon. Today's & tomorrow's songwriters need our help today. Our churches and our culture need music that can speak life into them with beauty & truth.

Retreat Cottage - We have vision for a retreat cottage or travel trailer in the backyard of the Cochran's home to give Artists some space during their time of ministry. There is a pretty steady stream of people who come to stay with the Cochran's for short term or longer stays. Many are artists who come for a time of refreshment, for some soul care or just a for visit. God has done TREMENDOUS work in the hearts of those who come to stay with them. Currently, guests stay in their Guest Room in their home.  


 The Story Behind the Name

So, where did the name ThirdChair come from, you might be wondering? Here's the story behind the name.

I had been serving at a large megachurch as their worship pastor for a few years when I began to hit some walls spiritually and relationally. I really had no one I thought I could talk to about it. A mutual friend recommended that I go see a couple, Jeff & Joy Beal who ministered out of their house up in Encinitas, CA. So I did. Jeff, recommended that just the two of us meet. 

When I arrived, I was struck by how humble and how lovingly optimistic he was that the Lord would speak to my heart. He offered me a seat and then pulled out a third chair for someone else. I asked, “Is someone else joining us this morning?” To which he replied, “Oh yes! This chair is for the Lord. Let’s not just talk about spiritual things and what He would have us do or what He might think. Let’s ask Him to speak with us right here. It’s not polite to talk about Him & what He would say and not give Him an opportunity to speak for Himself. After all, He is alive, He is here and He really cares about what you are troubled by. So let’s give Him a chance.” 

I think I rolled my eyes, of course not so he could see, but I “went along with it.” Jeff began to thank God and encouraged me to join in. We opened up our bibles and he thanked Jesus. He thanked the Holy Spirit. He thanked the Father for caring so much about me, for knowing everything that was going on in my life, for walking right beside me even though I may not have known He was present. He thanked God for His calling on my life. Then He said, “Roy why don't you tell Him what’s troubling you?” So I did. And as I spoke, I had the real sense that He was sitting RIGHT THERE IN THAT THIRD CHAIR listening, caring deeply, hearing me. When I had finished, Jeff then gently said, “Now let’s listen to what He might say.”

So I did. As we sat there in silence, we looked up verses that came to mind our bibles, my heart and mind began to go to memories, then He directed me to some scriptures. Jeff seemed to be able to know this and asked me, “what is He showing you?” So I told Him. Then He shared some things that the Lord was showing him regarding me. He asked me if it made sense. It made wonderful perfect sense not only to my head but to my heart. Then Jeff wrote down a scripture and a sentence or two that the Lord had spoke to us about on a 3x5 card and gave it to me. Then He sat back, smiled and said, “Isn’t He wonderful?”

That day began a relationship for the two of us that continued on for the next 17 years before he went to be with the Lord. He was my friend, a pastor to me, a mentor & guide, a spiritual father. It was as if when I was with Jeff, I had “improved 3G signal strength” to hear from the Lord. That probably was true . . . for a while, till I had faith for myself. That day also began a fresh new dimension of my relationship with God.

To me, THIRD CHAIR represents a huge shift. A normal shift for anyone in relationship with the Living God. A shift from talking about God to speaking with Him. A shift from learning about God to knowing Him. A shift from trying to live the christian life correctly to simply letting Him love me. A shift from serving in ministry for Him to being invited to love people with Him. This is the reality that we are leading the creative community of artists into, a life with God. A life experiencing Him loving us.


So What Have You Been Up to Over The Last 3 Month's Roy?

That's a great question. The most direct answer is that Father has been working on my heart in a deeper way. He's been convincing me to an even greater degree of His love for me, teaching me how to receive from Him in deeper parts of my heart. He's been showing me where fear has been robbing me. He's been mining out the gold in our relationship. He has been focusing my heart on His invitation to join Him in loving Artists in a transformative way. This process is one that is difficult to communicate about while you are in the midst of it. It's not been that fun or pleasant but it is love because it's leading me into greater depths of freedom, focus and dependency on Him. And how can I walk with Father inviting people into greater revelations of freedom through being loved by Him when I'm not experiencing that same freedom? I'm not thinking there is an "arrival point" in this journey but I believe there are places He brings us into on our journey with Him where we experience REST and PEACE no matter what is going on around us. So while being in this deepening process for the last few months, it's been difficult to communicate. I have come to a place where I just need to let you know where we are at . . . today. 

Marc Ford & I talking about the Love of the Father & how THAT changed everything for him.

Marc Ford & I talking about the Love of the Father & how THAT changed everything for him.

For close to 30 years, I have served in full time ministry with some amazing ministries. I was honored to serve with each and everyone of them on their church & ministry staffs. NOW, for the first time, Father has called us out to begin a NEW work with Him that we will be leading. So when I say we are going out "on our own" it's not entirely true because Christine and I have YOU, our brothers and sisters who know us, pray for us, support us and walk with us. And we will be leaning on you and Father like never before. In fact, it's an impossible dream He has invited us into but we are ALL IN!

 


I believe NOW is the time for groups of creatively gifted sons & daughters, aka ARTISTS, to be:

Gathered • Inspired • Encouraged • Supported • Celebrated & Loved in a unique, creative and powerful way, starting in Southern California.


Help Us Launch

Join Us By Becoming a Monthly Supporter

Throughout history, the arts and artists have always depended on the generosity and investment of patrons who see the value and need for art to continue to inspire, inform and beautify our world and  culture. The Lord has moved many of these patrons to fuel His artists. ThirdChair needs supernatural provision from God through everyday people like yourself who hear and respond to the promptings of God in your heart. We need regular, monthly supporters to partner with us so that our investment into the spiritual life & creative work of artists through Mentoring, Pastoring, Gatherings, Workshops and times of Ministry can be a transforming gift. Your gift allows Third Chair to be that gift.

Would you prayerfully consider becoming a monthly supporter today or to make a generous one-time gift for this month? Launching out on our own has required Christine and I to put everything we have out on the line. We are all in and very confident of this calling Father has invited us into. We have been SO encouraged by the Lord and by so many of you who have already been faithfully supporting us through the years. 

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At the heart of this invitation please hear that we are moving forward with ThirdChair in peace. Our provision is the Lord. Our rest is the Lord. Our hope is that we can operate in this expression of Love called ThirdChair ministries WITH YOU. There is literally a NATION of people who are creatively gifted and are called to express their heart as artists. They are hiding in plain sight. While what they DO is easy to see, much of their spiritual lives are not being nurtured by anyone. Father has shared His heart with us to lovingly serve & nurture this people group into their place in the kingdom, as sons & daughters and their voice & expression in this world as artists. You are invited to love them with us. 

 

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"Please make your DONATIONS before the 25th of each month."

*note that the cut-off day for each month's gifts is the 25th. Gifts made after the 25th will not be received by ThirdChair ministries for 30 days.

Thank you for the time you've invested in reading our news letter and to allow us to share this exciting invitation to minister to artists with you. Love, Roy & Christine

I believe when you invest into artists it will have a direct impact on:

CHURCHES where many of these artists are vital leaders of congregations who reach thousands of people every weekend.  The result; richer, bolder and more mature worship in our houses of faith. More diversity in our expressions from neo-liturgical eucharistic communities to modern communities. We need to widen the narrow band-width of expression in our times of worship.

COMMUNITIES where they are influential stewards redeeming culture through film, social media, music, art and other creative endeavors. The result; creative awakening to the saving grace of God in our culture.

CAUSES where many are encouraged to step out our faith to support needs locally and globally. The result; renewed awareness and compassion for those in our midst and abroad. Artists are always at the forefront of causes.