4. I learned that…It’s easy lose track why you start another service
Before we started another service at our church, we had speakers and congregational planning nights to discuss the whole topic of where God was calling us and what God’s future might be for our church.
One speaker challenged us by saying – ‘ok, why do you want to start another service’. It was easy, he reminded, for the mindset to flip from ‘we want to start another service to be a blessing to the community and invite others in’, to ‘we want to start another service to fill our pews’.
The flip, which is so easy to make, is from doing something to fulfill our needs instead of doing it with other people’s needs in mind.
Even today, 5 years after starting the service, which has had a top attendance of 82 children and adults, with tonnes of new households now part of the church, I still hear comments along the lines of, ‘I’m glad we started that service – where would we be without it’!
Well, it doesn’t matter. We started it as a mission, as a blessing, as a way to welcome people into community and God’s kingdom. It wasn’t ever for us.
Strangely though, in a God-way, the whole thing has actually flipped around. And not by our doing or thinking. We started it to be a blessing to families in the region, but now that’s it’s going, it’s a blessing back to us and has become the church itself.