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
2018 MEETING SCHEDULE
|April 23||First Christian, E-town|
|May 21 (3rd Monday)||OPEN|
|July 23||Russell Springs|
|September 24||Southern Heights|
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