If you’ve read my blog much within the past year, you know that my family has pretty much been on a roller coaster in following God’s direction. We left a church that we had served at for around a decade, not knowing where we’d go next. We almost immediately found a church plant at which we felt directed to serve. However that also wasn’t where we were to stay.
In the past few weeks I’ve made comments about us starting a church. Yes, that is the case. Here’s a little history…
My father-in-law has been in the ministry most of his life. He has served as youth pastor, lead pastor, music minister, production manager, etc. He has had a burning desire in his heart to lead a church again. He also has a close friend who has had the same desire. And they have felt that this is the time to do it. They will be the pastors of this church. I will be leading worship.
I guess anyone can start a church. And I guess there are many reasons that people do. After all, there are hundreds of churches out there, each a little different from the next, each appealing to differing tastes and beliefs.
So why are we starting ChristChurch? Well, the answer is simply that we feel like this is what God is leading us to do. It is true that if we felt content in another church in the area, and felt as though we were serving as God wanted us to there, then we probably wouldn’t be starting our own thing.
But I want you to know that this is not being started in rebellion towards any other church. We don’t have any kind of “we’re right, they’re wrong” mentality. In fact, one of the great things about the church plant we were at is the pastor’s firm belief that we are all on the same side. We absolutely believe this too; we are not in competition with any other church. Actually, that pastor prayed for other churches at the beginning of most services; and that, to me is inspiring, something we will likely do as well.
So what will our church look like? Well, I personally think the inside of it looks pretty great. We have completely renovated an old liquor store of all places! My husband has headed up the construction (since he has tons of experience with flipping houses and other construction type things), and he has done an amazing job.
What will our services be like? They will be a time of fellowship with friends; genuine, heart-cry worship; freedom for God to move however He might want to; time to pray with those who need/want prayer; teaching based on scripture and truth (which, btw, will be culturally relevant because God’s truth is always relevant to our lives, not because we have thought up an attractive theme). That’s what our services will look like.
They will not be crazy. Don’t be scared of the “freedom for God to move” part. We are real people who want to live out this life as real people who struggle, just like everyone else, who are seeking Jesus, and who are seeking to become more like Him, in the process.
Will the worship be passionate? Yep. Will people be singing, clapping, raising their hands, etc.? I sure hope so!
So, how do we know we are supposed to be doing this? That’s a hard question to answer, because mostly we know it because it’s on our hearts. Also, I could give instance after instance where something just fell into place in getting it together (a lot of it being construction-related, etc.); and those instances were not just coincidental; call us crazy, but we believe God made them fall into place.
So, why should you come to ChristChurch? Well, I don’t know if you should. We will never be out to “steal” anyone from any other church. That is not, and will never be, our intention. Also, and I hate that this even needs to be said, but it’s a concern for some people — we are not in this for money…at all…no one is being paid.
But pray about it… if ChristChurch is somewhere you would like to check out, we’d love to have you!
A little info…. here’s the church’s web address: www.christchurchpc.net
Really any information you would need is there — location, service time, what we believe, etc. If you have kids, we have children’s church and nursery, so that’s taken care of. Dress is casual — please don’t feel like you need to be fancy to come here. I can tell you I will not be in fancy dress! Also, feel free to ask me any questions if you have them.
Easter Sunday is our first official service! This has been a HUGE project to prepare for. We believe we’re ready, and most of all, we’re ready to see what God will do! We’re excited and hope to see some of you there.