On Sunday, September 14th we’re starting a second worship service. Our new service times will be 9:15 and 11:00 AM. This is an exciting time to be a part of the Victory’s Crossing family as together we stretch, reach, experiment, and grow as a church. Here are a few reasons why we’re starting a new service.
One – We’re following the instruction of the Apostle Paul given in 1 Corinthinas 15:58. He writes, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” There are three important words in this verse to highlight. The word steadfast means to make steady, consistent progress. It’s not record setting or breath taking. It’s not growing by leaps and bounds over night. It’s steady but sure movement forward. The word unmovable is stationary. When everyone else is thrown back on their heels, ready to throw in the towel, the unmovable person remains constant, like a rock, like a tree deeply rooted. The third word always abounding means to always grow, always develop, always experiment, always try something new for the Lord knowing our work is not in vain.
Two – God wants us to try new things for him so we’ll trust him more. Our church began when God led us to try something new, in faith. Five years ago when we held our very first service at Nokesville Elementary School we had no idea who would show up. We didn’t know who our volunteers were going to be for the long term. The only children’s volunteer we had was my lovely wife Wendy. The only worship leader was me. As we look back God has always provided every step of the way. We’ve always had enough volunteers. For five years we’ve had just one service. We can do one service with our eyes closed. It’s time to believe God for more, and trust him that he’ll come through.
Three – Space is becoming an issue. Research has been done to try and discover what prevents churches from growing. One problem that can prevent a church from growing is lack of space. Current research says that if a church is 80% full new comers visit and think that it’s just too crowded for them, and they don’t return. We’re getting close to being at the 80% mark in our adult service and in our children’s ministry. On special days and on regular Sundays from time to time its way overcrowded. By adding a new service we make more room for those who want to belong to our church family.
Four – It’s easy to get stuck in a rut. You know what a rut is? It’s a grave with both ends knocked out. When you’re in a rut you get used to the humdrum, the status quo. You get comfortable with the sameness of life. It bothers you at first, but then you get used to it. Churches can easily get in ruts, not wanting to change, comfortable at rest with the safe and predictable. God doesn’t want us to live our lives in a rut. He wants us to live life on the edge, risking, reaching. One way to get out of a rut is to try something new.
Five – In adding a new service we offer people options. Options are huge in our culture. People want their choices. They don’t want just a latte, they want a carmel latte, extra hot, with skim milk, and extra foam. Offering two services, one early and one later, gives people a choice. They can get up early and have more of their Sunday to spend as they please. Or, they can get up late and enjoy the morning with their family, and then come at 11 AM.
Six – Those serving in children’s ministry won’t have to miss Sunday worship. Our children’s ministry volunteers can serve during one service and worship at the other.
Seven – I think the most important reason is that adding a new service gives us a greater chance of reaching the lost in our area for Jesus Christ. We’re creating another time for the Gospel to be proclaimed. Isn’t that what it’s all about? The Bible tells us the harvest is ready. God only needs laborers who will get out there and get busy reaping. In John 4:35 Jesus said, “Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”