Hey guys. The conference is actually just now beginning to get underway. I spent some great time with the ex MU campus pastor of Revolution Ministries Danny Byrd and his wonderful wife Tara. Thanks for lunch and even more for the great encouragement and conversation and great title for this post. It was Dan’s idea. I took a pic of his giant goatee, but don’t have it on me. I’ll get it up on here later.
But now to the important thing. This church is huge. Talk about a city within a city! They have 14000 members their website says, but since they’re baptist that means that about 5000 folks worship here. The name of the place is First Baptist Church Orlando which is located on First Baptist Chruch Drive. That isn’t a joke. They have a full Christian school,
a sports center facility that was purchased by Payne Stewart, now deceased PGA golfer,
a lake with their own ducks,
a loading dock for their food and other sundry goods,
a prayer garden
shuttle buses for their parking,
and I haven’t even seen their cafe, bookstore, and soccer fields. Again not a joke. You know how I feel about spending 5 million dollars to pay a staff of folks to oversee buildings and grounds and run a Christian school, but can you name some benefit to this type of ministry. How is this better than taking the same 14,000 or I mean 5000 and planting 500 churches all around the state? I’d love to hear your thoughts.