Here we go! It’s time for a change – not change for the sake of change, but a strategic change. Right now, with our building, we need 3 services to accomodate our church size and make room for growth. If someone asked me where to put those 3 services to potentially reach the most people, in the shortest period of time, here’s what I would say:
First of all, we need to keep those services on Sunday. We’re not ready or large enough to pull off a Saturday night service – YET – volunteer-wise or staff-wise. So, with all 3 services on Sunday, right now I would put all 3 in the morning. After doing what we’ve been doing for almost 2 years now, people, churched and unchurched alike, still come to church on Sunday mornings here in the South. What I’m saying is that if we’re going to reach the most people we can, in the shortest time we can, I think having all 3 services on Sunday mornings gives us the best chance to do that.
The 6pm service has served a purpose, but it has not really grown. It serves as an option for people, but one that few people really take advantage of. The vast majority of people who do regularly attend the 6pm service, can and do attend the morning services – and that includes almost all of its volunteers.
Now, the time will come to add a 4th service, and our go to 1st option will be Sunday at 6pm. But, what gets us there faster? I believe that it’s moving all 3 of our services to Sunday morning. I believe that enables us to potentially grow to 500-600 people. That just simply won’t happen with only 2 services on Sunday morning and one in the evening. We would constantly be propping the 6pm service up and pushing people to go there. When we do add a 4th service, it will be with the understanding that it’s time to move into a giving campaign to raise the money to build a larger auditorium on our campus.
So, what are the new service times? 8:45am, 10:15am, & 11:45am. We believe these times give us the best opportunity to reach the most people we can and still do worship the way we do it. It’s early, but not too early. It’s late, but not too late. It’s tight, but not too tight. It also enables us to build our volunteer base without wearing them out! That is a HUGE factor in this decision process.
When will we make this change? Soon. October 14th. Bottom line, if we think it will help us reach the most people – why wait? Just over 2 weeks gives us enough time to get the word out, make a few physical changes (signage, website, invite cards), and re-schedule volunteers. That’s where you come in. Think through the new service times. What service will you attend and what services can you serve? Please contact your Ministry Leaders as soon as possible and talk through the possibilities:
Janet Rollins-Children’s Director: 843-442-8299
Pastor Wes Roberts-Connections Pastor & 1st Impressions: 843-276-8936
Pastor Jimmy Reedy-Worship & Tech Team: 813-846-9752
Kathy Beam-Cafe: 843-572-9682
Kristin Terrell-Communion: 843-737-6288
As your Pastor, I’m asking you to go above and beyond and be as accommodating, supportive, and helpful as possible. Scheduling people is never easy – do your part and make this transition as smooth as possible for our Ministry Leaders. Their job is not easy. If you’re not serving, this is a great time to start! Contact one of these leaders and volunteer.
We have been talking about this change behind the scenes for quite a while. Much thought, discussion, and prayer has gone into it. But if something doesn’t work – even this new change – we’ll tweak it or change it again. The truth is, I hope we have to add a 4th service soon. Temporarily, it positions us for our greatest growth, it frees up an entire night for our staff & high capacity volunteers, and it enables us to build a larger volunteer base. It just makes sense to at least try it. I’m so thankful to be a part of a church that just doesn’t SAY that’s it’s willing to do whatever it takes, short of sin, to reach people – but it’s actually willing to DO it! These are exciting times for Coastal!
Love to hear your feedback & what service you’re thinking about attending! Most importantly, love to hear about who you’re praying for and inviting to Coastal! We had 414 people this past Sunday! Don’t let up!
P.S. We’re planning an Oyster Roast/Baptism Service later this Fall. Guess when we’re doing it? SUNDAY NIGHT, Nov. 18th!