This past Sunday at our monthly board meeting we made an exciting decision. Beginning June 3 we will begin having two Sunday morning services.
One at 8:00 AM and one at 10:30 AM.
We aren’t doing this in order to try to bring a crowd, we are doing this because we cannot house the crowd that the Lord has already brought us! During the process of making this decision many people have expressed their concerns about the varied difficulties that come with the many different which we might structure these services. The bottom line is that we are totally out of space and we have no further options.
Thinking about all of this has renewed my commitment to a few principles that I thought might be helpful for everyone to remember.
1. Nothing Great Is Easy
Whether you search the scriptures or history one thing is clear, anything that touches the entire world is very difficult. Touching the entire world is exactly what we have stated our measure of success to be. Therefore, difficulty is part and parcel to that process.
We are growing in every measurable area of our church. Just this past Sunday we had TWO PAGES of guests! At our new-comers brunch this past Sunday we had 77 people who are now considering this their church home and this is in three months! We had 88 children in Children’s church! God is answering our prayers and our job is to make the difficult decisions and the sacrifices necessary to be good stewards of those blessings.
2. All Growth Requires Change
The addition of a second service is just the first of many changes we will be required to make in order to stay in step with all that God will do through us. Already we are looking into additional buildings in order to house the growth that has and will occur. None of this could have happened without change and in order for us to see it continue more change will occur.
Be assured that myself and all of the leaders of the church, will be diligently praying and seeking the Holy Spirit’s guidance about what change we should pursue and what we should avoid. As each of us remains flexible in the Spirit’s hands the necessary change will not only produce growth for the Kingdom of God but in us personally as well!