Yesterday, our team received the opportunity to serve at a small church south of Seattle.
I had met the pastor and viewed the facility in the spring, so I knew what to expect. We were asked to lead worship, greet, usher and provide nursery workers. The students did an amazing job, considering it was definitely not their regular flavor of church.
To be honest, they did a lot better than I did.
To describe this church, would be like explaining a ghost town of sorts. Supposedly, the church was a fruitful body of 200 at one time. Now, there are roughly 35 attendees with few under the age of 55.
The facility has numerous possibilities from huge green space for sports, volley-ball court, portable classrooms, etc. All of which is over-grown and disrepair. It’s almost like 15 years ago, there was a large group of families that just disappeared and left the property to take care of itself.
It’s not that there aren’t opportunities to grow either. The church is located in the center of a massive residential area, packed with mostly Hispanic families. There is so much potential! I see Sunday afternoon outreach barbeques and soccer camps; bringing the neighborhood together in this central location. Perhaps, team up with a translator to interpret messages? Even better, hire on a Hispanic pastor to provide a second Spanish service?
It’s tough to see churches in this state, and unfortunately there are a lot of them. Opinions and mindsets need to shift and changes need to take place before the tides will turn. The first change is to start focusing on outreach and evangelism.
How can we convince these older churches to embrace change, and refocus onto outreach and evangelism?