Here are a few reports from Converge churches that made an impact this Christmas season:
- Three-year-old Life Church, Saginaw, Michigan, held three Christmas services in two locations. At the first-ever worship gathering of the new Life Church Midland Campus in Sandford, church leaders hoped for 50 attendees. God doubled that, and the church ran out of seating and parking. A church building that had sat empty for years, now Midland’s home, experienced new life when seven people trusted in Christ. During its three services, Life Church and lead pastor Jonathan Herron welcomed nearly 500 people and saw 24 new Christ-followers.
- The Ridge Community Church, Redmond, Washington, held a Christmas Eve candlelight service. Because its public launch was just last Easter, senior pastor Jerry Griffin had no idea what to expect for Christmas. God brought almost 100 people, some of whom had never before set foot in a Christian church. One attendee commented, “I saw your sign, and felt led to be here. I’m just tired of being alone.”
- Chris Johnson, administrative assistant at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Virginia, Minnesota, was delighted to see two preschoolers in her class come to church on Christmas Day wearing their new pajamas. “I’m thrilled this family felt at home at our church enough to let their children come in their PJs,” she said.
- Woodlands Community Church, Homewood, Illinois, held a joint Christmas Eve service with Freedom Church Ministries, a predominantly African-American congregation that has been meeting at WCC the past year. Woodlands lead pastor Daniel Wentworth spoke about the result of Christmas, concluding with the plan of salvation. Several people indicated they had accepted Christ. One multiethnic family cited WCC’s diversity as the reason they had chosen to attend for the first time. The woman and her husband wanted a church where both felt at home.
- Eagle Brook Church held 49 Christmas services across its six Minnesota locations. During the last two weeks of December, the church saw 695 people put their faith in Christ.
- On December 10, the Community Life ministry of First Baptist Church, La Crescenta, California, held “Deck the Cake,” an outreach to children and their parents. Kids from the churches and children’s programs that meet on FBC’s campus invited their friends to join them in making edible decorations for a six-foot, 600-pound edible Christmas Tree cake. Moms participated in a class to make edible presents to go under the tree. On December 11, during fellowship time after church, all enjoyed eating the amazing creation―designed by Fernanda Abarca, a DreamWorks animator and owner of Fernanda Abarca Cakes. More than 100 church volunteers, including children, baked and decorated the cake, a 55-hour task. With reporting from the Crescenta Valley Weekly
Great work, pastors and churches!