Hey guys, welcome back! It’s Alyssa & I am so glad you stopped by this post today! Today I will be talking about 5 things that I love about my church! I believe it is so important to love your church- whatever that may look like. Maybe it’s a Bible study in your dorm, or you go to a huge church.
My church has about 5000 members in 8 campuses across the country. The campus I go to has about 1000 members, and I feel like it is a good medium between a small and large church. I have been going here since I was 8, and my family and I instantly fell in love with our church from the moment we walked in the door. We were greeted at the door with loving, smiling people, and everyone was so friendly. We love our pastors on staff, and we loved how the church was growing! Now, let’s get into my top 5 reasons why I love my church.
1- They are committed to children. From the time you are born, to your college years, the church is specifically invested in being invested in student’s lives. I love how they realize how fundamental it is to have Jesus as you grow up as well as being in a community of believers as you walk the roads ahead. Our children’s ministry program is amazing, and I love being a part of it! I have served in our toddler ministry since I was 12. My favorite part of serving with the kiddos is the impact that I can have at such a small age. Showing them how much Jesus loves them and wants to be their friend is so special. For middle and high schoolers, various camps are put on throughout the year to give students an opportunity to grow deeper in their faith.
2- The church wants to grow. For some larger churches, it may seem like the church’s goals isn’t to grow. Obviously every church would love to grow, but they may be more focused on serving the church they have now. That is not the case for my church though. Although we are a larger church in the area, we still want to grow & spread the name of Jesus. We are currently in a campaign in which our goal is to have 30 campuses in 30 years. Currently, we have campuses in 2 states, and it is so cool to see the ministry that is happening across the country. One of our next campuses will be a rehab center for those struggling with addiction. I am so excited to see the ministry that will happen at the center, and I think it is so special to have a “different” form of church within our campuses!
3- The church is heavily involved in the community. My church is in a smaller city, and has many connections to those within the city. From the police department, to local businesses, to groups within the community, it is very important to my church that we don’t just minister to those within our congregation. Many meetings and events are held at the church, and we utilize this as a perfect opportunity to share the love of Jesus with others. The church will also do different campaigns with others in the community, and in the past we have done forums and discussions about sex trafficking & addiction. It has been so cool to see the way everyone comes together to tackle an issue.
4- The church wants to “Give It Away”. My church values missions trips wholeheartedly. Whether it be next door or across the world, the church realizes how important it is to give the good news of Jesus away. If someone in the congregation feels led to go on a trip, the church will do everything they can to support them. Whether it be encouragement or prayers, they will be there to support every step of the way. Giving it away also involves the community involvement as well as sending teams to serve. When I told the leaders of my church about Operation Barnabas, they were nothing but supportive and it meant the entire world to me.
5- The church takes part in the schools– Another great way the church makes an impact on the community is that they take part in school events whenever they can. Whether it be donating donuts for a party, or praying for the teachers before school starts, they do whatever they can to bring the presence of Jesus to our schools. Our youth pastor and a few other church leaders also help with Bible studies in the middle and high schools, and help students with the resources they need to lead this ministries. One year, the high school Bible study group had a volleyball tournament