There are several things I have learned during the last year of church planting. But one of the most important, IMO, is to stay flexible to God’s leading and sensitive to the Holy Spirit. Proverbs 16:9 says,”The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” Sometimes we can make very well thought out decisions that will elevate the name of Jesus, but not in tune with how God wants it done. In the end God receives all the glory either way. Which brings me to how God has done this at Remedy and is establishing our steps.
Back on May 9th of this year we as a staff decided it would be good to add a Sunday morning service. We did this for a few different reasons.
First we wanted to reach more of Missoula with the Gospel and felt that as a more traditional church-going town, a Sunday service would be good. It would open up the ability to invite non-Christians to a service that they would hopefully come to. But what we saw was non-Christians coming to the Saturday night service and getting saved rather than Sunday.
Second reason we started the new service was to make room for growth. We only had room for around 35 chairs comfortably and were nearing capacity. So we either needed to have a sardine packed service or do something. That’s were the new service did it’s job. But now we were running our staff into the ground as all of us work second jobs while we serve the church. So we needed to start asking God if perhaps we, in good intentions, jumped the gun on launching a second service. And indeed we had.
So we prayed, talked, investigated, brainstormed and waited on God to speak. And He was faithful to do so just as He has promised in His Word in the 29th chapter of Jeremiah “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” And here is what God impressed upon my heart. We needed to be ONE solid body, united for the Gospel on Mission reaching Missoula. So we needed to go back to one service so we could all grow together. Problem. If we were to do that without more space, we would be sitting in each others laps. Answer. Blow out walls and extend the sanctuary another 17 feet. Build a new nursery and rock it for God’s glory. So here we go! Refreshed direction and resolved obedience.
This is how it affects Remedy as a church. We are going back to a SINGLE SATURDAY NIGHT service stating 1/1/11. A new year with a renewed focus. And as I made the announcement, I felt the church fully supporting the changes we needed to make if we were going to have maximum impact in this next season. Now we will be able to connect on a more intimate level and have enough room for growth until our lease is up.
I can’t tell you how stoked I am for what God is doing and will do in the future! To quote Chris Tomlin “And if Our God is for us, then who could ever stop usAnd if our God is with us, then what can stand against?” Join us in prayer as we go all out for Jesus to make Him known!