3 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT MY CHURCH

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.

That’s three! I could go on, but I won’t. So what is it that you love about your church? I’d love to hear.

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. wjcsydney says:

    I love that my church/congregation is deliberately contemporary, as contemporary means young, and young is the future of the church. I love that my church/congregation is one which is continually looking for ways to serve the local community and is involved in overseas mission (10% of our members made a trip to Watoto orphanage in Uganda last year and we have a trip to Vanuatu planned for next year). I love that my congregation is one which empowers and supports and builds up its members for our journey with Jesus in the world

  2. Stoogelover says:

    We’re still in the “settling with a new church” mode but what you mentioned was certainly true of my 15 years in Long Beach. You also made me wish I’d not posted my blog for today!! You are blessed in Childress and I love reading about your church and your ministry there!

  3. cwinwc says:

    1. I’ll jump on the “kids” wagon as our church is also “young” When you hear kids fussing during worship its a sure sign your church is alive.

    2. Our Preacher, Youth guy, and Secretary who by the way are Father, son, and Mother. I came from a church where being around the preacher was a chore, socially. Another buddy and I took him out to play golf one day. As it does in Central Florida it started raining between our round. We parked under some trees on one of the holes and were getting a little wet but nothing substantial. It was our intent to finish the round when we heard him yell to us from his golf cart, “We’re not staying are we? My thighs are starting to chaff.” He was a dud to be sure.

    I love to go out socially with our staff. They are a fun loving group who (I’m not sure about Brenda) don’t mind chaffed thighs every now and then.

    3. Our worship leaders of our a capella and instrumental praise teams. They are putting in long hours to facilitate a worship that creates on-ramps for all to enjoy.

  4. cwinwc says:

    1. I’ll jump on the “kids” wagon as our church is also “young” When you hear kids fussing during worship its a sure sign your church is alive.

    2. Our Preacher, Youth guy, and Secretary who by the way are Father, son, and Mother. I came from a church where being around the preacher was a chore, socially. Another buddy and I took him out to play golf one day. As it does in Central Florida it started raining between our round. We parked under some trees on one of the holes and were getting a little wet but nothing substantial. It was our intent to finish the round when we heard him yell to us from his golf cart, “We’re not staying are we? My thighs are starting to chaff.” He was a dud to be sure.

    I love to go out socially with our staff. They are a fun loving group who (I’m not sure about Brenda) don’t mind chaffed thighs every now and then.

    3. Our worship leaders of our a capella and instrumental praise teams. They are putting in long hours to facilitate a worship that creates on-ramps for all to enjoy.

  5. Matt says:

    The kids – some are my own and there are others but it is truly a living church that is impacting the future.

    The ordinary – some may come to Hawley and see us a backwards hicks but I love that on any given Sunday you will see some in 3 piece suits, others in blue jeans, and still others in shorts and all love and respect one another.

    The men – I love when I don’t just hear the Minister preaching wen Average Joe’s get up and share their hearts as well. We have a good group of committed men here and it sure is a blessing.

  6. Terry says:

    Your congregations sound great!

    I love the prayer time. We spend about 10 to 15 minutes during the worship service each Sunday to take prayer requests and praise reports from the congregation. Then we pray. It really builds community.

    I love the ministers. They have been friends and mentors to me.

    I love opportunities to serve. I love teaching and visiting. I even love to chase down kids who are running through the church building while classes or worship services are going on. It helps me feel useful.

  7. Dee Andrews says:

    Trey –

    Please pray for all of us along the gulf coast of Mississippi and Louisiana as hurricane Gustav looms in front of us. All of us here went through horrendous times three years ago today from hurricane Katrina, and now yet another major hurricane is coming our direction.

    Y'all's prayers are solicited on the behalf of all Christians and everyone around us here.

    Cheers & Blessings to all of you late this Friday evening!

    Dee

  8. Anonymous says:

    the 4th thing i love about our church, “The Trey Morgan” preaches there. But never for more than 29 minutes! Ok, that was #5, but who’s counting.

  9. Neva says:

    I can’t think of much I don’t love about our congregation! Being around people who love the Lord and who love you is amazing!

    Oh–but I do love our minister–He’s so hot! :)

    Blessings
    Neva

  10. Kim says:

    I love that our church family is so loving and welcoming. We are known in our community for the warmth and acceptance that people find in our congregation.

    I love that our church family is made up of people from a variety of different heritages. We are able to see things from different perspectives and this diversity has enriched our learning experiences. I am also much more aware of how important unity is and what unity is and what it isn’t.

    I love that we have so many kids in our church family. I love hearing the little voices throughout our church service. I love that I have been able to raise my own children in this church family. I am reminded constantly that we are a family. Just like a family, we have our differences, we have our struggles, we have our victories, and the bottomline is we are in it together.

  11. sherryfisher says:

    I love that the first thing we do is cast our cares on the Lord. I love that we have no clocks or set “program” of events. I love our teacher. I love that we have more stained carpet than stained glass. I love that we baptized the 5th person from one family this morning during ladies Bible class.

    Sorry I kinda lost count there…but I love the OPEN…and I am so blessed to have a place there with that group of prodigals!

  12. Lightening says:

    I LOVE that our church is firmly entrenched in the local sporting club. Christian coaches being living examples to our young, club presidents and committee members, players and parents. It’s so awesome to have so many of us involved and making a difference out amongst the community.

    I also love our young people (we have more children than adults) and the way the older generation have embraced the younger ones and encouraged them to take on leadership and change service styles.

    I love that we all enjoy catching up with one another that we’ll hang around for hours after church just chatting (and go home starving!!! LOL).

    We feel very blessed.

  13. Timbra says:

    i love your attitude about the kiddos. i’m very frustrated with the attitude of a few who have “grouchy old man” mentality and want kids to be neither seen nor heard. . . i want my baby girl to realize it’s a family thing to be involved in worship, not a “mom and baby go sit in the nursery and dad gets to listen” or “baby is left to cry while mom and dad get to listen to the lesson” kind of thing. . . . maybe you can come out here and teach a little lesson that :) mike involved the kids in his lesson last week and there was a TON of praise for it, wish it could be like that EVERY week!!!!

  14. mmlace says:

    1. I love the fact that our church’s doors are always open! Our Family Life Center opens around 6:00 a.m. and closes at 8:30 p.m. most days. Every week different people, hundreds of people, alot of whom are not members of our church, are coming and going for various activities and events, that our building has been opened up to the community for.

    2. Along the same lines as #1, our church is making a sincere effort to serve and be the hands and feet of Jesus in our community, through many, many avenues–there’s not time for me to even begin to list them.

    3. Besides the fact that our elders are godly men who make a sincere effort to shepherd the members of our very large church (which can be difficult just because of the mere number of people) I’m not sure I’ve ever been in a church where there is such a visible effort of the elders to communicate with the church as a whole on a regular basis, so I appreciate that from them.

  15. Dawn Jenkins says:

    I love or Sunday School class. It is made up of on-fire Christians most of which are new in their walk with Christ. I love the transparency of my friends. I also love our women’t Bible Study that meets at 9 on Wednesday nights.

  16. Chris Johnson says:

    I really love my church family at Lakeview. The funny thing is that I haven’t known them for long. When we were missionaries, I met several of them in Mexico and discovered quickly that this was the type of congregation that I was drawn to because so many personalities shared my passion for ministry. Likewise, many of those seemed to genuinely care about outsiders. The reality is that I could not be happier about my congregation than I am right now. The missional focus, love for others, and diversity of the body is priceless.

  17. Mrs. Terrazas says:

    Thats funny about the kids our church is the same way. When the pastor tells the kids its time to go to kids church half the chairs are empty :) lol and Jason and I are the 1st of 7 couples to have babys this year in the church (and our church is pretty small about 150 people more or less). crazy right. I love your take on it, they are our future!! so we have to get them started right.

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