West Franklin Family,
I think it’s starting to happen.
On my previous stops, I didn’t stay long enough to experience a “new church within the same church.” Yes, I stayed at Wynne for a while. But I had NO CLUE of what I was doing. Don’t tell anyone in Arkansas, but most of the time I was in Wynne – I didn’t know what planet I was on. It was only by the grace and the Spirit of God that I was able to pastor there for as long as I did. All this to say that I have simply never known a different church at the same address.
Until now. (And don’t tell anyone else, but I still have NO CLUE what I’m doing.)
West Franklin is a new church. Same address. New Church. Same location. Different congregation. why is this the case? How are we a new church? Some things are obvious: renovated building; two additional full-time employees; two years of COVID; etc But other things are not so obvious. Some have endured and have remained since the merger in 2014. Others have moved on. Some came and then moved to another city. Some we haven’t seen or heard from since the pandemic. Some came because they found us online during the pandemic. Some left to find a better fit for them. Others have come because they find their “fit” here. Some left West Franklin for a season and came back. In other words, West Franklin is different. Many have endured the past eight years. Many have moved on. Fortunately, many more came and joined in the fun.
Is this the new building?
Is it because people are moving to that area?
Is it because our podcast is absolutely killer?
Is it because people can see our parking crew wearing their bright orange shirts from 8 miles away and are attracted to us like a bug to the light?
Is it because people are “over” COVID?
Is it because we have people – literally – from all over the United States who now gather to worship on Sunday mornings?
Is it because we have – literally – a wide range of professions represented?
Is it because almost all SEC schools are loved by a variety of members?
Would you pray that we will experience the Father’s presence, plan and purpose together? Like the church He has assembled now? Would you pray that we are all open to what he wants to do in us and through us – for each other and for our city? And would you pray that ultimately we will be a community of people who know, love and worship God?
Until there. . .
Eager to enjoy God with you,