I love the church in Childress, and I’m so blessed to be a part of it. It is often times easier to say negative things about churches than positive things, so I also love hearing people brag about their churches. Let me start today with 3 things I love about the church I worship with, then hopefully you can share three things too.
- I LOVE THE FACT THAT KIDS ARE EVERYWHERE: I’m not talking about just teenagers in our youth group, I’m talking about the little ones. Sometimes I think little kids are literally coming out of the woodwork at church. Thankfully, we’ve become a very young congregation over the past few years. Occasionally I’ll hear someone say, “Did you not notice how loud the kids were last Sunday during services?” Yes, I hear them every Sunday during services and yes, they make a ton of noise. But believe me when I say, “It’s music to my ears!” I love to hear the babies cry, the children make noise and see the kids running everywhere. I know that as long as we keep hearing all the kids in church, we have a future. It’s not the noise that should bother us, but it’s when our churches get deathly quiet from no children, that we should be really worried.
- I LOVE MY SHEPHERDS: Six men who definitely smell like the sheep. They not only love people who are doing well spiritually, they also get down in the trenches with the hurting. They lead by example when it comes to ministering to hurting people. Also, they have supported me, befriended me and loved me. They allow me to dream big and make mistakes. They make it easy on me to minister in Childress, and they see me as a co-worker in the kingdom and not someone hired to do a job.
- I LOVE MY CHURCH’S HEART FOR OUTREACH: They are more than willing to stop doing things that just aren’t working anymore and start trying new things to reach out to their friends and neighbors. My church family isn’t afraid to get out and get their hands dirty in the community. They’re not afraid to put people’s needs above their church traditions. They see people, all people, as valuable and are willing to help in any way. They understand the importance of taking Jesus outside the building, and that church isn’t just something you do on Sunday. We’re understanding more and more every week, that the second we leave the building, we are stepping out onto the mission field.