Anyone who has been tracking this blog knows that today was the launch of a new initiative, The Well. Undoubtedly my perspective is biased, but from my vantage point, the launch was a homerun. You could say that The Well is the sum of 5 parts: (in no particular order) 1) the physical environment (our Sports Hall got a total makeover for this, and Aaron Merkle has already mastered the video slides ), 2) hospitality (parking / hosts / ‘Coffee Corner’ / BBQ team), 3) children’s ministry (known as ‘Quench’, led by Diana Loach), 4) music ministry (led by Cliff Cline on acoustic guitar and vocals, Ric Jacka (keyboard), and two teenagers who were awesome on bass guitar and drums), and 5) the message (you can listen to it at the bottom of this post). I have great difficulty evaluating what I did, but I can confidently say that the other four areas totally rocked!
It is hard to describe the level of satisfaction I feel following a successful launch as I consider all of the time, money, and effort that so many have invested to make The Well possible. From all accounts, God was glorified and the people gathered were encouraged and blessed. One father proudly reported how his 12 year-old daughter leaned over in the middle of the service to tell him, ‘I like The Well’. That simple statement made a father’s day and reaffirmed for this pastor the importance of this type of ministry.
Attendance was solid; in a room that seats 140, I’d say we were 85% full. I realize that some of the folks in attendance today were there to support the launch and might not be with us regularly. I heard from a few families who intend on coming, but couldn’t make it today. I’m guessing there was also a group of people who came at the invitation of friends/family who might be open to the prospect of returning. I sincerely hope and pray that many of the folks we saw today will be with us again as we seek to better understand what it means to be a Christian in the 21st Century. Our current message series is entitled, ‘The Road With Jesus’ and today’s message was titled ‘Keep It Simple’. My hope is that we communicated through the message, the music, and our hospitality that Jesus is worth following, and that prioritizing a relationship with Him is what we were all designed for…it will satisfy us like nothing else.
Have a listen to today’s message; I’d be pleased to read your feedback. If you attended today’s launch, I’m eager to hear your impressions.
(The above message was recorded at our 10 a.m. service and has some variations from the message delivered at The Well.)