Just read this email this morning...
I have attended Granger for over a year now. I joined some friends who invited me to attend the sex series along with them. Wow!!!! that was not my grandma's church service. I have felt at home from day one. I have connection with a people who long to move forward with Christ. Thru this past year God has stirred my soul to go deeper with Him, to trust Him more than I have, to surrender parts of my life I didn't even know I was holding on to. I noticed last fall after Mark had been gone awhile from speaking that he came back with what appeared to be a new passion, a deeper desire to communicate the love he holds for the God we serve. I am glad the bar is held high to give God our all in the messages, the worship, the arts, to introduce new ways to give and new ways to engage, thru gccwired and the incredible mobile connection to GCC . I don't know if you are told this much, but all the time spent in preparation, be it a series, the greetings, the videos does not go unnoticed. Thank you.
His email reminded me of a paragraph from Pop Goes the Church:
If you don't offer something people need, they won't come. If the people don't come, you can't teach them the truth. So an effective church is busy identifying people's needs and letting the community know you have some help they should consider. If you speak their language, there is a better chance they will come to a service. If they do that, the odds increase significantly that they will hear how much they matter to God, and they just might respond.
If the church of Jesus Christ can offer the world help in dealing with these real needs, we can see the world change! If we can scratch them where they itch, then after they accept Christ and begin to grow in their faith, we can teach principles they don't even know they need yet, such as memorizing scripture, becoming systematic in their giving, and learning how to pray.
Looks like that strategy, at least for this man, is working. What do you think?