We are seeing Double! We have been on quite a ride together as a church. Over the past seven plus years we have seen so many lives rebuilt and so much impact in the Mercer County area through 217church. We have declared 2017 as the year of double blessing and we are ready to see our influence in the community increase even more. We have been running just one worship service for about a year now and we are ready to see that double. We believe we are ready to go to TWO worship services in the fall of 2017.
“Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion…therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion. Isaiah 61:7
There are four core things we want to see double over these next months. First, the number of worship services, next the number of baptisms, next the number of vision owners, and finally the number of small groups that are rebuilding lives one person at a time. Here are three reasons we believe God is calling us to move towards TWO Sunday worship services.
Three Leading Reasons For TWO Sunday Worship Services
1 – A Vision Driven Church – We have and always will be a vision driven church that holds the vision and mission of our church at the core of everything we do. We feel our call is to reach as many people as fast as we possibly can as we rebuild lives one person at a time. Our impact needs to increase as we move forward. We believe our church family is one of the best kept secrets in Mercer County, NJ, and we want to expand our territory and grow! We are believing God for a great harvest.
“The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his.” Luke 10:2
Action Step – Invite your circle of influence to a Sunday service
2 – Serving Opportunities Increase – When does someone feel like part of the family of 217church? This happens when people realize they are needed, belong, and serve the vision of their church. One of the easiest entry pathways into serving is at a Sunday service. Media, worship, 217kids, parking lot attendants, prayer, and hospitality teams, are just some of the ways you realize how much you are needed and play a vital role in the mission God has for you and His church. When we double the worship services, we double the opportunity for people to serve and realize their value to each other. Also, our incredible 217kids team will have the opportunity to be in worship on the same Sunday they serve.
“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ…” Ephesians 4:11-12
Action Step – Invest your energy and join a ministry team
3 – Practical Options Matter – If we are to grow we can’t just be limited to one service time on a weekend. Let’s be real…Some people must leave a service early because of essential commitments, and I know we have all faced the battle of getting to church on time, especially those of us with small children. We are currently considering 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM as our leading options for new start times, and if all goes well we are targeting a Sunday in October as our two service launch date. Also as a practical matter, the cost of us doing another worship service is virtually nothing. A second worship service increases the stewardship of our rental dollars, as our impact will almost certainly increase. As we double over time we believe more vision owners will believe and commit to our below Vision Ownership Covenant:
- Spread the Vision of the church – By being baptized and get sent
- Share the Responsibility of the church – By immersing yourself in small group community
- Serve the Ministry of the church – By using your gifts and being a regular part of a ministry team
- Support the purpose of the church – By giving regularly to the mission of the church
I would love to hear your feedback, concerns, ideas and opinions about this new direction. I believe it’s time for us to consider this next step of growth as we prepare to go from a portable church to a permanent location.
I can’t wait to see how God doubles our impact, and don’t miss June 11, 2017 as we reveal fresh direction on vision Sunday! Looking forward to hearing from you.
Josh Conn is the founding pastor of 217church, a contemporary church in Mercer County NJ. 217church meets Sundays at 10:30am at Sharon Elementary school in Robbinsville, NJ. Visit www.217church.com for more information. or watch a weekend message here.