Today was an exciting day in the life of our church! Not only did we baptize 10 people, but we unveiled our plan to plant a campus in Westminster. Hopefully I communicated our intentions clearly, but inevitably there are going to be questions about what this new campus will be like, what it means for you and for the life and culture of our church.
Over the next several weeks through our service times at LifePoint Bountyland (9:30 &11am) and through other avenues such as this blog, I will try to answer some of those questions.
Right now, I want to give you and overview of what we discussed in our service today, so if you were not able to attend or just need further clarification, here it is.
Place: Our plan for our Westminster campus (note: we are NOT moving our entire church to Westminster. We will have a campus in Bountyland and a campus in Westminster. One church, two locations) is our services will be held in the Westminster Music Hall and KidzLife (our children’s ministry) will meet at the Westminster Depot just a few steps away from WMH.
Time: The launch of our Westminster campus will be September 7th. We will start out with only one service in at 11am. The ultimate plan is to have two services in Westminster at 9:30 &11am. We will make this move as needed, but most likely before the end of the 2014.
Who’s the Pastor?
One of the questions that I have gotten ALOT is “who is the pastor going to be?” LifePoint Westminster will have a campus pastor that will take care of the pastoral and organizational needs of that particular campus. Chad Carroll will fill that role and will do a fantastic job. I am the teaching pastor for LIfePoint Church, which means that all of our campuses will hear one voice, and one vision. Our leadership team feels this is important for the unity of LifePoint Church.
The question then is…how can a preacher be at two campuses at one time. Short term, here’s the solution…the sermon will be live a OCA at 9:30am, then I will leave and go to Westminster and speak live there at 11am. I’m excited about Westminster and it’s important to me to be there to start this campus. What that means for OCA at 11am is that there will be a live band just like normal, however, when it comes time for preaching, it will be shown on video.
Ultimately, when Westminster goes to 2 services, the sermon be taught at one campus for both services and will be shown live on video at the other campus. So traveling from campus to campus will not be a permanent thing.
You are! I challenged you today to begin to pray about your involvement in planting this campus. I challenged you to commit to giving one year of your time, talents and resources to serve Westminster and build the Church there. I hope that you will do that. And I pray that God will raise up a group of people that are passionate about reaching that community and will do whatever it takes to see it changed with the gospel of Jesus Christ. There are too many eternities dependent on it for us to sit idly by and ignore the spiritual issues of our county any longer. It’s time to take Jesus to every part of our county, and we are starting with Westminster.
If you are interested in joining our effort in Westminster you can email Chad Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will be happy to answer any questions you might have.