Here at AssemblyHUB, we write about many current issues facing the assemblies today. Sometimes that can come across rather negatively. All we hear is change.change.change.
And yet, the outlook is not all doom and gloom. There are thriving, healthy assemblies, and each contributor is keenly aware of, and thankful for, what their home assembly is doing well.
We wanted to encourage our readers with this good news, and challenge all of you to ponder what your assembly is doing well.
I’m Sherri Jason and I fellowship at Rolling Meadows Bible Chapel in Thorold, ON.
One of the things I really enjoy about our local church is that the leadership is willing to consider and support new ideas for outreach. This support includes not only prayer and finances, but also rolling up their sleeves and being an integral part of making things happen with great attitudes and excitement. I find servant leadership so refreshing in a world which often expects the opposite from those in authority.
My name is Shane Johnson and I attend Bethel-Park Bible Chapel in Brantford, Ontario.
What our assemby is doing well is music. Approximately two years ago we decided to blend old and new music at every service. With instrumentation (i.e. pianos, guitars and drums) we play two hymns and three modern songs per service from 11:00 am till 11:20 approx.) Our goal in changing the music was to represent the preferences of the older generation (i.e. the hymns) and to represent the preferences of the new generation (i.e. new music) so that both generations can learn to appreciate good songs from old and new generations. We find justification for this in the Book of Psalms which tell us to sing a new song to the Lord, without losing sight of our heritage. The result is a modern, relevant service that is still enriched by the contributions of song writers from past centuries.
I’m Andrew Brown and I labor for Christ at Mechanicsburg Christian Fellowship in Mechanicsburg, PA.
Since we started for years ago, our aim has been to show real vitality in Christ and we strive to exercise individual gifts. We share a meal each Sunday and take time to pray with each other on the spot. I’ve enjoyed the intimacy of group. We’ve been told by visitors they want to come back because they see the love amongst us.
I’m Mike Donahue and I’m in fellowship at Central Bible Chapel in Millbrook, AL.
We are small, like really small. I’m talking eight people in fellowship small. A lot of churches might throw in the towel if they were that small, and we would have to if everyone at CBC wasn’t involved, but they are and I appreciate that. Whether it’s cleaning, preaching, praying, witnessing, or counseling, everyone knows they have a role and they do it without complaining. I also appreciate the great Sunday School class my kids have and how our baby is looked after. But most of all, I love how much we are loved.
I’m Janice Nicholson. I fellowship at Rolling Meadows Bible Chapel in Thorold, Ontario.
What I believe our assembly is doing well is noticing. They are noticing when people have gifts and ask them to get involved in using their gift. They are noticing when there are people who are struggling but aren’t saying anything and asking. They are noticing visitors and individually approaching them to say hi and introduce themselves, not leaving it to the responsibility of a “greeter”. They are noticing the needs of the assembly as a whole in our outreach efforts and providing teaching to help improve those efforts. They are noticing during worship and are actively pursuing more opportunities to encourage deep down worship that means more than just singing songs. Noticing to me, is an important element in fellowship!
What is your assembly doing well? Share with us in the comments!