Announcement Made in Church March 2-3, 2013

This month marks the fifth anniversary of our move to 45th Street.   As you know, our church has experienced a great deal of growth, both spiritually and numerically, in the past five years.  In just the past few months, our church has received numerous recognitions for growth and missions involvement.  I say none of that to boast, but as I have previously mentioned, these recognitions are, in light of our increasingly secular culture, just reminders that we need to do even better.

So, how do we accomplish that?  All of you know that the attendance of our church is outpacing the size of our facilities.  Some may wonder or argue that we don’t need to grow any larger.  My response is that I am totally committed to helping our church first and foremost grow deeper.  At the same time, I am committed to accommodating our church growing larger in order for more people to hear the Word of God taught in truth and come to faith in Christ- even if it means I have to preach ten times each weekend!  In this world of rising secularism and pluralism, I believe it is the will of God for us to be committed to this endeavor.

Thus, we need a plan and action for the immediate and long-term future.  In the long term, we need to carefully pray as to whether or not it is God’s will for us to build another building, what exactly we need to build, do we possibly consider satellite campuses, and whatever we do be good stewards in the process.  Honestly, this is years away.  Before we ever consider another major project, I believe we should retire the debt we have for our current building.  I am asking you today to be faithful with your tithe to support the ministry and missions of our church as well as make a commitment to move all of those Bibles in the display in the foyer and continue to give until our debt is eliminated.  This is an important part of our church moving forward in making an impact for God’s kingdom.

As for the present, we need to do something that will allow for more growth.  We presently have four worship services: one on Sat. night and three on Sun. morning.  The 9:30 and 11:00 Sunday worship services are very full.  In fact, recently we had some people sitting on the floor at 9:30 with both overflows open.  Yes, we have space in the Sat. night service, but for whatever reason, we have had difficulty seeing large crowds come to that service.  However, we believe the Sat. service is reaching a unique need, such as people who work on Sundays, etc. and we want to keep it as an option.  Our only other alternative is to add another service to make room particularly in the 9:30 service.  What I am proposing today is that we consider an additional service to start at 12:30 on Sunday that will be a contemporary music style just like 9:30.  I am asking for at least 100 people in the 9:30 service and 100 people in the 11:00 service to commit to attend this 12:30 service (or the Sat. night service).  Please see this request not as a matter of convenience, but of sacrifice.  If we free up seats and parking spaces in these worship services it will allow for people to be here to hear the Word who are not here yet.

Having said that, we do not want to disrupt families or our ministry to college students and youth with this possible new service.  We are simply asking you to pray about the possibility of attending a 12:30 service.  Also, I understand if you attend the 11:00 service and shift to the 12:30 service you would most likely attend the 11:00 Sunday School, but could still go to 9:30 Sunday School, serve in the children’s department or just hang out, and then go to 12:30 worship- confusing I know!

If we can get this commitment for a 12:30 service, this will allow space for growth in all of our worship services and may even allow us, at least at the start, to close the overflows and allow people to sit in the center section which helps people better focus on worship and listening to the message. So, I am asking you to prayerfully consider if you would be willing to make this change and help our church accommodate more growth.  Next Sunday, we will put a form in the bulletin to measure the response of those willing to attend at 12:30.

These are very exciting days at IBC.  Every week, I get a message from someone who shares a testimony of what God is doing in their life and how He is transforming them.  That is what it’s all about!  Let’s continue to be faithful and committed to God and His church!



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