I’ve been doing more praying than normal lately… When I’m not praying it feels like I’m beating my head against a wall, so praying is part relief and part conversation!!
Here are some of the top things on my list:
We’ve outgrown our theatre at the church (there were almost 250 people in church this morning). Unless the corporate office of Regal Cinemas allows us to meet in theatre #9 (which holds 378 people) we’ll have to go to a multiple service format. Staying all together in one service is far better than the alternatives at this point…
It’ll take a miracle, but I’ve been praying that God would open the doors for us to be allowed to meet in theatre #9.
It’s easy for me to overlook small groups. In fact, I think the biggest mistake I made when we initially planted Antioch was neglecting the importance of small groups.
I feel like I’m in danger of making that mistake again… Summer is typically the time that small groups take a break; because of the rapid growth at Antioch, however, there are tons of people looking to get connected and plugged into a group right away.
We need some quality group options for people beginning almost immediately.
I can’t manufacture a bunch of groups myself, so I’ve been praying that God would raise up the right leaders to help get small groups going again.
They say that it takes a couple of months before people start giving or tithing once they find a new church. Unfortunately, the rapid rise in attendance at Antioch has created financial need immediately — before the giving has had a chance to catch up with the growth.
I’ve been reminded lately that “where God guides… God provides,” and have taken a lot of comfort in the belief that all the money stuff will work itself out. So my prayer has been for peace of mind and that, if God wills, He would bring an increase in the giving.
I don’t know what to call it… but I’ve been really feeling defensive about wanting to keep services at Antioch comfortable for people who are trying to reconnect with church… or comfortable to invite others to… or comfortable for people who are turned off by churchiness etc. etc.
It’s tricky… So I’ve been praying that God would give us the eyes and the wisdom to see and know how to navigate the fine line between truth and “churchiness.” May we always be true while still remaining normal and down to earth!!
Lastly, I’ve been praying that God would bring leaders, helpers and encouragers to lighten the load for my wife and children and the many faithful and sacrificial volunteers who have worked so hard at Antioch.
The dream of Antioch wasn’t for burned out and bitter people.
I feel helpless and unable to control the effect of service and volunteerism on others… so I will keep praying that God will somehow bring times of refreshing to the faithful. May God help us find that “when we are weak, we are strong,” and that there really is a blessing in “pouring ourselves out like a drink offering.”