It's been on the radar for quite a while now and it's finally happening!
I'm talking about the launch of The Orchard's new Saturday evening service that will be starting on Saturday, October 20th! That is only about 7 weeks away and let me tell you... I am so excited! For so many reasons!
For one, this is going to open the door for us to reach a large segment of people who are unable to ever attend Sunday morning gatherings. Since a lot of unchurched/dechurched people in our community are from a Catholic background, Saturday nights are a time when a lot of them grew up going to church as kids. It's a familiar time for church to a lot of people. Plus, Saturday nights are a great time for families with young children. So the opportunity to reach new people is huge!
Secondly, we need MORE SPACE on Sunday mornings! Like most churches, we have found that Sunday mornings around 10AM or 11AM are still the optimal inviting times for unchurched people in our area. BUT, if there are not enough seats or space available during those times, then guess what?! We will stop reaching new people! And we are already hitting that 80% capacity mark in MOST areas. So it's time.
Let me tell you... We are working HARD right now because we want to do everything we can to create the same great environment for people on Saturday nights that we provide at our Sunday morning gatherings. But we also know that it is going to take a lot MORE PEOPLE serving to make it happen. So we have been pouring a LOT of time, energy and leadership into teaching our leaders and volunteers how to personally recruit new volunteers and also how to relationally pour themselves into those people to equip them to serve well.
One of the people responsible for helping to make this happen is the newest addition to The Orchard's team, Chris Bell. Chris serves on our lead team and brings some great leadership and experience to our environments. Recently, I asked Chris to coach and lead our team with a plan to be READY and ABLE to begin our Saturday evening gatherings STRONG and with TONS of momentum.
And let me tell you... It's happening! The ball is rolling and we are moving fast! In fact, Chris is writing about it over at his blog. Part 1 is up and part 2 will be up soon. They're definitely worth checking out and learning from. Here's the link:
And please.... Forgive Chris for the violence seen in this post.