SELECTIONS FROM THE BUILDER–NOVEMBER 2017
THE BUILDER November 2017
Seven years. 364 Sundays. It’s crazy to think it has been that long. The first one will live in me forever. It was amazing and scary all at the same time. Yet, I also remember asking myself the next day if anybody will actually come back. There was this feeling of “did I just make a huge mistake?” But now 364 Sundays after, I can only look to the future and ask “What’s next?”
A shift happened a few years ago and I began to really believe what Paul wrote in Ephesians 3:20: “Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” I can say that I always believed in those words, but now I have lived it. So for me, I am moving on from where we’ve been and what we’ve done to something that fills me up. What really gets me excited is to think about what God has done in changing lives—including mine—and helping to change a community through His mighty work, and to really believe that our best days are yet to come. So sure, we’ve grown, and yes we own a building and things from a statistic standpoint are going well. But to think that in our lifetimes we may never see fully what this thing that we’ve been a part of fully becomes. That’s the driver. Let’s talk about that. Let’s dream more and believe more so in seven more years, we can look back and be astonished by what He’s done. –Jeremy Willis, Minister
JOURNEY CHRISTIAN—OUR HOST FOR NOVEMBER 27, 7 P.M. (ET)
A joint effort of North Bullitt Christian Church, Salt River Christian Men’s Fellowship, and Men for Christ, Journey Christian Church in Shepherdsville was launched October 10, 2010. Under the leadership of Bro. Jeremy Willis, the group has continued to grow to a weekly average attendance of 603 with 48 baptisms this year. From the initial meetings in the Shepherdsville Elementary School, they now meet in their own building. Please make a special effort to attend this meeting. They want to welcome you and show you around! Journey Christian Church is located at 416 South Buckman Street, Shepherdsville, KY. The speaker for November 27 at Journey is Dwight Mitchell (Somerset).
Gary Jones and David Miller (White Mills Christian)
FELLOWSHIP AT OCTOBER MEETING Thank you to Campbellsville Christian for hosting our October meeting. There were 119 men present from 23 congregations.
NO DECEMBER MEETING AND NO NEWSLETTER
2018 MEETING SCHEDULE
January 22 McKinney
February 26 Columbia
March 26 Egypt
April 23 First Christian, E-town
May 21 (3rd Monday) OPEN
June 25 Mackville
July 23 Russell Springs
August 27 Glendale
September 24 Southern Heights
October 22 Graefenburg
November 26 OPEN
December NO MEETING
After ten meetings, leaders are: Group A (Pleasant Valley); Group B (Russell Springs); and Group C (Glendale).
We need host congregations for May and November, 2018. Please contact Jim Pope, Secretary, to sign up.
GUEST RELATIONS ARE IMPORTANT
- A church’s first impressions can make an eternal impact on guests.
- It’s not uncommon for guests to make up 5-8% of a church’s weekly attendance. Guests are starting to decide whether or not to return to your church within the first 11 minutes on your campus.Guests typically talk about their initial experience with a church 8-15 times. Churches should use language for guests, not visitors.
DIFFERENT CHURCHES–ONE FAMILY
There’s no style of church that everyone likes. Over the last few years, I’ve participated in so many different types of worship, and it’s reaffirmed for me that our unity in Christ is much stronger than our difference in style or method. I’ve been with a lot of people who do church very differently than what I’m used to or comfortable with. So I’ve had to either open up to what Jesus is doing through those varied methods, or close myself down and retreat back to the stability and safety of familiarity. Opening up to different ways of doing church is scary. And exhilarating. And sometimes I get it wrong. I’d rather get it wrong while trying new things than get it wrong while staying comfortable. Even if I don’t like the way you do church, I will still: Love you and your church–Support you and your church–Pray for you and your church–Work with you and your church.
I hope you’ll do the same for me and mine. Sure, we’ll disagree. Sometimes we’ll even argue. Families do that. But if you love Jesus, we are family. And that’s all that matters. —by Karl Vaters, Christianity Today
CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF THE CROSSROADS UPDATE
For Halloween we threw two block parties in two neighborhoods offering inflatables, cotton candy, popcorn and full-sized candy bars for adults. Had more than 1,000 people in one neighborhood and 300 to 400 in the other. Lots of conversations with parents and many invitations to church. We are quickly running out of room in the cafeteria and are considering moving to the gymnasium in January. We had four baptisms in the first six weeks and at least two more who are considering It. —John Parkey, Minister