2010 has been one record breaking high after another. Calvary concluded 2009 with an average attendance of 800. Â In January, I wrote a blog post entitled “Record Breaking Weekend.” Â That post highlighted a weekend in January where we had 986 in church, our highest attended non-Easter Sunday service to that date. Â This past Sunday we had 1,094 in church, which was our highest attended Sunday ever…including previous Easters.
Being a bit of a geek I love to crunch numbers, and I know that having 1,094 people in church is way beyond where we should be statistically in 2010. Â In fact, if average growth rates and stats held true, we should’t have 1,094 people in church for several more years. Â But stats are not holding true, and there is something else going on. We have a little momentum.
Dave Ramsey says, “Focused intensity over time, multiplied by God, creates unstoppable momentum.”
Focused intensity – For over 20 years Calvary has been beating the same drum. Â People, people, people, people…. Loving people, reaching out to people, including people, Â ministering to people…. Â Calvary is laser focused on bringing people farther along in their relationship with Christ. Â It is what we endeavor to do, everyday. Â In fact, it is written into our core values, to “Love People.”
Multiplied by God – You can work your tail off, but if God isn’t behind your efforts, they won’t end up resulting in anything. Â But when God is moving, get ready for a ride. And pray for it to continue, because one thing I have learned about momentum is that you do not take it for granted. Â Without question, God is multiplying our efforts at Calvary.
Creates Unstoppable Momentum – I am praying that we are only seeing the beginning of what is going to happen in this season of our church’s life. Â Although we have seen hundreds of new people come to Calvary in just a few months, I know that there are hundreds of thousands who are still without Christ is our surrounding neighborhoods. Â I am praying that the momentum we are experiencing now allows us to reach more people in our community in the months. and years, ahead.