Can you believe it – less than two weeks away? It’s time! Pull out all the stops and start inviting your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family to our Easter Egg Drop and Easter Service. Make the call, walk across the room, drop by their house, send a text, twitter, or facebook message, but whatever you do, invite them to come! Maybe go old school and actually write a handwritten note and put it in the mail. After they get up off the floor or come back from the ER, you’ll have a huge open door to tell them about Coastal. But I’m serious. More and more people say they would come to church if someone simply invited them. And people are especially open to come on Easter.
We had another awesome weekend at Coastal! Several weeks ago I told Janet that sometime soon I felt that we would just jump in attendance about 20 or 30 people. Well it looks like we have. For weeks during the beginning of this year we were hovering around 150. Then last week we jumped for no real apparent reason to 186. What was this week’s big drop back to reality you ask? 174! I think we just pushed through a mini-barrier. We had lots of guests and return guests. Now let’s bust through the 200 mark!
We had a great Newcomers Lunch on Sunday – over 20 adults! We’ve been pretty intentional about these over the last year, but I think we’re about to get a little more systematic. For example, maybe we start having them the first Sunday of every other month – something like that. That way our guests always know we have one coming up. We’ll see. Bill Brown made a great plug for 1st Impressions Ministry at Newcomers Lunch.
Speaking of Ministry, last week Geri Lee had several new people volunteer for Communion Prep and this week Bill had some new volunteers for 1st Impressions. Janet also had a great training meeting for Coastal Kidz.
Coastal, don’t forget that with growth, comes change. We have to constantly remind ourselves why we do what we do. And we have to constantly ask ourselves are we willing to do whatever it takes to reach one more person for Jesus? Positions in ministry change, programs change, facilities change. But what doesn’t change is our purpose of sharing LIFE! It’s about others not us.
One of our goals that you’ve heard us talk about is to add a third service in the Fall – a 6PM Sunday night service geared toward reaching a younger audience. By the way, we’re already getting a ton of positive feedback about it. It will be a 3rd service, just like the other two. We are simply expanding our capacity for growth. Now we might tweak the music a bit and the atmosphere might be slightly different, but the message and main elements will be the same. Let me be quick to say that we don’t have everything figured out yet. We don’t have enough volunteers yet. But we are planning, praying, and working out the details now – volunteers, Children’s Ministry, Student Ministry, etc. I believe that many of the volunteers for this third service aren’t even a part of Coastal -YET! But I have learned over the years that if we don’t set goals and move forward in faith toward them, even when you can’t see everything, you never accomplish anything great for God. These are exciting times at Coastal. Let’s continue to move in faith together and shrink the size of Hell one life at a time!