This Easter Sunday was definitely something different. We worshipped in the auditorium at Johnston Middle School, ostensibly because during our renovation we can only seat around 500 people in the gym, and we wanted more room than that. But truth be told, we (the ministry staff) have wanted for some time to do a worship service someplace other than our church campus. We hoped perhaps some folks who would feel intimidated coming into our big, beautiful worship center might feel more comfortable coming to a service in a non-churchy setting. This renovation simply gave us a good reason to try it out.
As for me, I thought things went exceptionally well. The crowd was not overflowing, but it was too large to seat comfortably in the gym. So, so many people worked hard to make this all happen, including the people who addressed invitation cards to the community (I had a lady sit behind me at the service who came because of those cards), people who stayed here at WBC to keep the nursery, ushers, choir members, sound team, and so many others. All the work really showed, in my opinion.
But I'd love to hear from you about it. What can we learn from this service? What could we have done better? What about this "worked," in your opinion? I look forward to reading your comments.