Addin another service

Discussion in 'Pastoral Ministries' started by C.S. Murphy, Apr 25, 2003.

  1. C.S. Murphy

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    Our Church may need to add a earlier worship service so everyone can fit in our building. Has anyone had experience with this. I would love to hear your views pro or con.

    Murph
     
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    Murph, a local Wesleyan Church put up a million dollar church and still has two services Sunday morning, no evening service.

    Their experience is that the congregation divides between the younger families attending in the morning whilst their children attend Sunday School and the older folks attend the later service.

    Virtually the same people attend the mid-week and social services. It hasn't been going for a summer yet, so it will be interesting to see what happens to the two services.

    In my mind, this is why Baptist churches traditionally started a second work rather than double the services.

    Cheers, and all the best with the work. God bless.

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    My home church (Liberty Baptist, Casper) just stopped having an early service. It divided the congregation and caused all unity in the church to be lost. It also taxed our few musicians, nursery workers and, of course, the pastor trying to give two sermons + SS in between.

    No one knew who was absent or not and some folks slipped through the cracks out of fellowship, unknown to anyone.

    We have a building that is PACKED at 125. When we were 115+ every Sunday, we started the second service. Now, after a dismal decline, we have less than 100 on a GOOD Sunday in both services combined, so it made sense to reunite and hopefully heal the church.

    I will be returning to the church in 7 weeks from my interim mission, so look forward to seeing everyone again! :D
     
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    We have had two services for some time.

    I am personally glad because the few times I have gone to the early service, it has been pretty close to dead. Amazing that 125 to 170 attend this service. Go figure.

    The more vibrant service is at 1045. We have from 275 to 450 attending this service. On easter, this service had 575.


    If it meant combining styles again, I would not ever recommend going back.
     
  5. C.S. Murphy

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    Thanks for the info, Dr. Bob your example is the one I fear but I also fear those who are crowded into my buidling will decide that it is not worth the trouble of attending at all. Sadly it is like painting the house a new color, you won't know for certain how it will look until it's done. Saggy brought up a good point, do both services have the same style?
    Murph
     
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    We have had two services for a long time, a third service just never worked out. Our first service is at 9:15, the second at 11:00.

    We have two worship teams that serve one month on, one month off. Each team does both services when they are on.

    For a while each service had a different type of music, Traditional (hymns) verses contemporary Christian music. It was quite a topic for disunity for a while. Eventually the contemporary service became so crowded and the traditional service became so sparsely attended that despite the loud vocal chorus during congregational meeting that demanded a traditional service we had to go to both services being contemporary. The people voted with their attendance.

    Three services worked the pastor too much. He did not have time to greet the members and mingle.

    You may have a problem with different crowds from the different services but that is counter-balanced with an overall growth in the congregation. Bring the whole group together during special church events.
     
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    I think it really depends upon many variables. Is it possible to split the preaching duties. Is the split to accomodate different worship style preferences? etc. I am at a mission church that was started because the vast majority of the members wanted to go to a more contemporary type of service. They decided to set up a mission church and about 10 of the old members and the senior pastor went and started the mission. 3 years into it we have 75 or so members and 60 or so regular attenders on average. Of course, we do a country gospel/hym format. The key is to explore different options and through prayer, decide what is God's will for your church. I personally like a small church, but the megachurches typically offer more amenities and opportunities to be ministered to and to minister. I will pray that God leads your church to make the best decision for His purpose for your church.
     

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