DO THESE THINGS STILL WORK?
We are excited to welcome our community to a party on our beautiful campus this fall! This party is called Trinity Fest. There will be something for everyone, including carnival rides, food trucks, Christian concerts, outside church services, and much more. There will be a ministry tent and an opportunity to encourage people to join us in sponsoring 1,000 kids through CMFI.
But do ideas like these actually help connect people to Christ?
I met a couple in our lobby over the weekend who were first-time visitors. They shared that their family has been looking for a church for a while and initially came to our campus, because the daughter’s preschool is meeting here on our campus. GCC has been partnering with a local school that did not get their new facility finished in time for the new year, so for the past few weeks this family has become familiar with who we are. This led them to visit our church and attend service.
The parents went on to explain that they had been on the church property one time before. That encounter with our church was the 2017 Trinity Fest event. They never went into The Gathering or attended a service at that time, but they remembered there was a church off of Little Road.
Everyone has a story about what got them into the life of a church body. I do believe that God’s design is to use His people and the structure of the church to reach lost people. Sometimes people have a single encounter that ushers them quickly and somewhat miraculously into the body of Christ. It may be a health crisis or another cataclysmic event that stops them in their tracks and changes the course of their lives forever. However, there can also be the story of many little steps that moves a person from a position of not thinking about God to fully integrating into church life.
The power of the Gospel and the strength of the church are the PEOPLE that are in it! As I stood and shook hands with this husband who seemed to have been along for the ride to church on that Sunday, I understood what was happening. He wasn’t ready to sign up for a weekly men’s group to share his personal shortcomings. Does he need that? Yes, we all do, but his first steps are significant! Jesus meets people where they are.
This fall, as we plan childcare for classes, plan men’s breakfast events, plan an outside stage for five nights of Trinity Fest, and plan the many other events that will take place here at Generations, it is our prayer that God does the miraculous. These are not programs. These are places of holy gatherings where God’s holy priesthood will reflect the beauty of the functioning body of Christ. The Holy Spirit is our builder and He equips us in all things.
The mission of our church is to connect people to Christ. The vision is made clear for us in the book of Acts 2:42. May we be a community that is consistently devoted to the teaching of the apostles, fellowship, the breaking of bread, and prayer.
Attractional methods of evangelism never work in and of themselves. It is the people, whose lives have been radically changed that do the work of attracting lost people to Jesus.