Wednesday, November 12, 2008

MEGA CHURCH IN CHAPIN?

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The term "megachurch" has become a new vocabulary word that most people recognize. I'm not sure what qualifies a church to be a mega one--but I believe the most recent definition refers to churches that average at least 5,000 for weekend worship. Over the last year or so, I've had people ask me, "Are we trying to become a megachurch?" Actually when the questions come my way, I know they mostly stem from hall talk with the notion that "Ken is just trying to make our church a megachurch."

So are we trying to be a megachurch? First of all, get real. I'm not saying it can't happen. God can do anything. But to move from 600 to 5000 in a small town like Chapin--WOW! Second of all, man, that would be awesome because if we ever became a megachurch, it certainly wouldn't be me doing it. Only God could do something like that.

Here's the deal. I want our church to reach as many people for Christ as possible. I want us to reach as many new families moving into the community as possible. I want to reach as many people in the surrounding areas of Little Mountain,Prosperity, Newberry and Irmo as possible. I want our church to make as many disciples as possible. I want our church to begin as many new ministries as possible. I want our student ministry to reach as many high schoolers from Chapin Mid Carolina, Newberry, and Dutch Fork as possible. I want our children's ministry to be so ablaze that we attract young families by the hundreds. I want our senior adult ministry to be so contagious that older adults are coming by the droves. It doesn't matter what they look like, how they dress, what their past was like, how much money they make, where they live, what color they are, or how many piercings they have over their body, I want our church to reach as many as possible.

There is a huge myth out there about megachurches that they are weak in doctrine, that they water down the gospel, and that they are impersonal and do very little outside the walls. Simply not true. If interested, why not purchase a recent book called Beyond Megachurch Myths? Check out the facts. One of the things that really impresses me about megachurches is that most plant other churches. And as they plant other churches, their church continues to explode with growth as well.

When it comes to church growth, don't ever limit what God wants to do. How large will Chapin Baptist ever become? I don't have a clue. But I want to be as faithful to God as I possibly can to allow Him to use me to grow the church as large as He wants it. And should we decide to plant additional churches in the future, I think that is awesome.

Why would anyone want to limit the size of a church? Do we grow to 1,000 and then say no more? No, we keep doing all we can to reach as many as we can. And then we do all we can to help every person grow deep in his/her faith and to equip them to become fellow servants of the gospel. That is my prayer...not just for Chapin Baptist, but for every local congregation in Chapin.

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