Earlier in my ministry, I was all about what could pack the most people into the seats. Ministry, to me, was about programs and being one up on every other church in town. I had very heavy influence to do big events that were supposed to draw a ton of people to the church. Ultimately, it was just various forms of entertaining Christians and hardly if ever helped make disciples as Jesus commanded.
Later, I was introduced to a more Christ-exalting model. My music ministry was no longer about cantatas or fancy plays. Musical presentations became worship experiences that drew the attention toward Jesus instead of the performance. Still, I found the overall experience of Church a bit too complicated.
Then, I started a church. We are far from anything I have ever done or experienced. We are very laid back. My preaching and teaching style is very interactive. The crowd is small, and we focus on unity rather than size. We want to make disciples and create an environment as close to what the early church looked like nearly 2,000 years ago rather than what the church growth movement has dictated in all the best sellers.
Am I saying that large or megachurches are wrong? Absolutely not! Many of them are accomplishing God’s purpose in their ministry context. I just happen to know that my calling is to minister to people on a more personal level where they are more than just a number. I want to do my best to invest what God has given me into the life of someone else.
As you are preparing for worshiping with your church family this weekend, don’t get lost in the lights, smoke, music, and all the prep that teams put into the service a few hours before it starts. Don’t lose focus of the One who died and rose again to redeem mankind – the Lord Jesus Christ.