I have been giving consideration to not posting anymore. Life is busy and it's been three months since my last post. But then someone told me that my posts were missed, so I guess I'll give it a try again.
As our church continues to grow, I've been challenging our people to take it to the next step. We've started making plans to launch a Saturday night service, starting September 20. The service will be at 5:00 PM. This early start will allow us to have time post-service for connections through meals, fun events, and missional activities. I'm looking forward to what God is going to do in this service.
Why is this such a big deal? Well, first of all, we are out of space on Sunday mornings, both in our sanctuary and our parking lot. We could have added a second Sunday morning service, but that would not give us the maximum expansion possibilities. We've also discovered that there a many people in our area who are unable to attend church on Sunday morning for any number of reasons. Some of the de-churched in our area are also skeptical of the traditional church formula.
The style of worship will remain the same - contemporary / blended. The atmosphere and dress will be very casual. The focus will be relational. The goal: to bring people to relationship with Jesus by extending genuine love and acceptance to those who do not yet know Him.
It would be easy for a rural church in our area to sit back and say, "Hey, we've got a good thing going. Let's not rock the boat." But as long as there are unchurched, dechurched, and unsaved people in our community, we have a God-given responsibility to reach them. We cannot allow limitations of any kind to cloud our ultimate purpose - to fulfill the Great Commission in the spirit of the Great Commandment. To say we can't do more would be sinful!