Well, she be over. The first preview service of Crew Community Church has come and gone. I’ve been asked a thousand times: “How did you think it went?” by people who were there and “Well, how was it?” by people who weren’t. My first tendency is to give numbers. Let me tell you where you can stick numbers. Settle down, that’s just a joke! But before I give you numbers let me tell you what I loved most.
I loved that our set up/break down team showed up and worked their butts off and smiled the whole time. They even had fun putting together a little Tikes picnic table and trying to fit all of our stuff into our storage space. When they were finished one of them said, “That was like playing Tetris!”
Another thing I loved was that the Sandbox (our nursery) and the Treehouse (k-5th grade) small group leaders challenged, discipled, and loved on the kiddoes. They didn’t just baby sit. They called them to life change. I asked most of the kids if they liked it and they all said they did. Sarah asked Tyler, “What would you change to make it better?”. Tyler said, “Nothing.” He needs to tell his mom Jennifer that! Oh relax J, I’m joking. I asked Tyler’s older brother Benjamin what his favorite thing about the Treehouse was. He said, “It had carpet.” He didn’t even care what color it was. May his tribe increase! The linoleum floors in Corbly Hall at MU apparently wasn’t doing it for him though.
I loved our worship team getting it. Although they led us in a great worship experience, it wasn’t about being slick and flashy, it was about being genuine and Christ centered.
I also loved that our team was nice to people. That might seem odd to write, but a lot of churches aren’t nice. One fella who was from out of town said, “The people are what put you miles ahead of most church plants at this stage. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming.”
I loved our front door ministry’s eye for the detail. They thought through everything. And I mean everything from signs to how to keep coffee hot to plant arrangements to bulletins to connecting with people. Not just sticking a piece of paper in a person’s hand, but looking them in the eye and saying, “I’m glad you’re here. It’s great to worship with you this morning.”
I loved our media team who no joke is the best I’ve ever seen. I’ve been a part of several churches in a handful of cities and these guys knock it out of the park.
And my favorite thing of all is that THE GIFT GIVER didn’t give any one of us all of the gifts. He spread them out and in His beautiful plan made us dependent on Him to pull it off. He in his desire for community makes us work as a team. Only our Father can make so many personalities work in harmony. Only Jesus can free us to celebrate diversity and variety. Only the Spirit of God can bind us in unity. Our Three in One God has been turning 40 or so folks into 1 community. It was a God’s fame day.
And for those who like numbers: 63 adults, 21 kiddoes, 1 person trusted Christ, no runs, no hits, and a lot of errors. My analysis: We’ll tweak and change and all of that stuff. But as for yesterday, I wouldn’t change a thing.