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On January 27th, Pastor Tim talked about how he wants everyone to be involved in the life of our church. Learn more about what “involvement” means and what this looks like for you and your family!
To hear the full conversation, you can listen to Episode Two of our X Church Podcast by clicking the link below!
We want everyone at X Church to be involved in the life of our church. What does “involvement” mean to people today?
What did Pastor Tim mean when he said, “I don't want the church to be your life, I want you to be involved in the life of the church?``
Pastor Tim’s heart for our church is that he does not want us to be so consumed and wrapped up in church that we lose sight of the people outside of it. We have to have a balance between being surrounded by church and church people and finding opportunities to speak and reach those who don’t know God. We don’t want to have so many programs that take up all our time when we could be engaging with people that need the hope and reason that’s within us. We have to ask ourselves “are the events we host advancing the spiritual life of someone, or are we just doing it to do it?” If we spend too much time in the church community, absorbed only by it and the people there, we can grow to become a clique; we become inward focused and new people don’t feel welcomed. When that happens, aren’t we missing the whole point? There’s time to be a community and connected, but we don’t want the church to be our entire lives.
What’s the benefit of breaking our ministry year into SZNs?
When we break up the year into three separate SZNs, we are able to better plan and prioritize our ministry calendar and your calendar. It creates a schedule where you can be prepared and know everything that’s going on. Our goal at X Church is to over communicate, and out of respect for people’s time, we are intentional about how the calendar is laid out. We don’t want to ask too much of you all at once or with short notice. We all choose to make things a priority, and through SZNs, we can make being involved a priority.
What is the point of having an “Off SZN?``
What is a SZN Party?
While the church might not be great at ‘partying’ or celebrating, we need to have fun together. That is exactly what the SZN Party is for: at the end of each SZN, we can come together and celebrate what God has done. The SZN Party is essentially replacing Awaken and Worship nights; they will maintain similar aspects such as extended worship and communion. We will be changing the experience and adding new elements to build us together as a community and creating unique ways to engage with each other in prayer. With the SZN Party, we each get to reflect and look behind us and see that God is in our midst and is moving. We will celebrate what God is doing in our church, and we will look back and be encouraged about looking forward at what is yet to come.