2016 Review & 2017 Challenge

2016 was a great year for Christ Church, and I wanted to close out 2016 by sharing some of the “numbers” surrounding our year!

In worship, we added people to both of our worship services ending with an additional 30 people (on average) here on Sunday mornings. That’s a whopping 14% increase!

In 2016, we had a total of 168 people participate in small group studies. That’s 77% of our weekend worship attendance! We also added three new small groups in 2016 and are excited that we will be starting a brand new group focused on college-age students as we kick off our new study in February.

Looking at reviving the world through service, we increased our overall participation, new people got involved in service outside of our church and we tried out some brand new ministries, including a Food Pantry at Buchanan Elementary school.

The last year was amazing for Christ Church, I believe that is because as a congregation, we took ownership of each thing happening at our church. I believe it is because each one of you took the time to invite new people into worship, new people into your small group and new people to come alongside you and worship.

Can I challenge you for 2017? Let’s continue to take ownership of our church and the people within it. Let’s make it each of our individual responsibility to each lead one person through the discipleship process. We can greatly impact the Kingdom of God if we all do our part and everyone lead one.

Growth & Tech Needs

Christ Church is growing!

We can see it everywhere. We are adding worship services, small groups are rising, and we are reviving the world on a weekly basis through service. Regardless of how long you have been at Christ Church, if you are looking for opportunities to serve, we offer many ways that you can further the kingdom of God. I would like to make a case for one way you can become involved.

Our Tech Team is a growing ministry. Here at Christ Church we have volunteers that run live sound, those that operate media programs, operate and program house lighting, and shoot live video. We also video edit and audio edit sermons for our website and app during the week. As you can see there are lots of ways to get involved.

I realize that tech ministry isn’t the type of ministry that everyone would enjoy, but I am sure that there are many of you that would enjoy this side of ministry. Do you enjoy computers? Do you enjoy video or even photography? Do you like to be challenged and learn new things? If you said yes to some or all of these, our Tech Team may be a great fit for you! Please contact me at ryans@christchurchdavenport.org or 563.391.5488 ext. 231.

I look forward to welcoming you to the team.

New Beginning

In my first few years at Christ Church, we twice discontinued worship services for lack of attendance. Through it all, you kept believing and working. In time, the trend reversed. We have been growing for the past two years. I can’t say enough about the great work of the staff and our leaders throughout the process!

Both of our services are growing, but at the rate our Modern service is growing, we will run out of room and our growth will be curtailed this summer. The Church Council has been working on the “problem”, striving to create space for everyone to lead one throughout our discipleship process. After exploring many options, the Council and I decided in our January meeting to add a Modern worship service on Sunday morning.

On Palm Sunday, April 9, we will begin a new modern worship service at 8:30 AM. It will be 45 minutes long and held in Brandt Hall. At 9:30 AM, we will hold our traditional service in its format in the Sanctuary. The hour-long modern service will be held in Brandt Hall at 10:30 AM. We are looking for 30-60 people who want to make the 8:30 AM service “your service” for at least the first few months to help get it started. Let me know if you want to be a part of it.

I’m so pleased that we are including new people in our family and growing by the week; thank you for your faithfulness!

In Christ,

Pastor Mike

Christ Church has it's own App!

Did you know that Christ Church has it’s very own app?

You do now! Download it by searching in the AppStore or Google Play Store for “Christ Church Davenport” or by scanning the QR Code at the right.

The app features opportunities to catch up on what’s going on at Christ Church, see what’s coming up in our calendar, give online, and much, much more. This is a simple & easy way to listen to sermons you may have missed or share sermons with friends, family and co-workers who may be looking for a church.

Connections

I recently met with a new pastor in town. He asked about who I knew who could do various kinds of things, play music and the like. I gave him a couple of names of people I’ve met, but he already knew them. How did he know as many people as me in so much less time?

The conversation led to my setting some goals to connect with more pastors in the Quad Cities in 2017. I also wondered if any of you are thinking of putting yourselves out there in 2017. Some of you have made the courageous step of beginning to attend worship; take another courageous step into a small group! Is your small group ready to take the leap into serving together?

Make it a goal in 2017 to put yourself out there for people who are not yet involved. Last year, we challenged everyone in the church to lead one person through the process of experiencing God’s love in worship, developing relationships in small groups, and reviving the world through service. Many of you did. We had nearly 20% more people in worship, about 10% more people in small groups and about 15% more people engaged in service in 2016.

Now, the Church Council again challenges everyone to lead one person through Experience, Develop and Revive in 2017. Our hope is that invitation becomes the Christ Church way, that putting ourselves out there is just what we do at Christ Church.

In Christ,

Pastor Mike