Thursday, October 20, 2011
Ending the Saturday Experiment
"Everything we do is an experiment." This is a phrase we use all the time at PCC. Literally every week, we say it about all kinds of ideas and new things. It means, 'we're going to try this. It might work. It might not. We'll learn either way.'
Well, we tried the Saturday evening service experiment. We really did learn a lot about it. I can see several ways that I know I could have done it better. Perhaps it would have thrived if I had made a few choices differently. But isn't that the whole idea of an experiment? Do you know how many times they have to try something in a lab in order to find a successful combination of chemicals or drugs to achieve the desired results?! This is a lab. We try some things. Sometimes they don't work.
But we don't stop doing things very often. We 'say' it's all an experiment, but the reality is that most of our experiments move from short term 'tries' to long term ministries. So, when we do stop something, it feels painful and like a failure. I understand. I've grieved over this decision for weeks now, agonizing and praying over what to do.
On the one hand, every single person who comes on Saturday evening really matters. Every one of them.
On the other hand, the amount of resources it takes to have church at PCC is huge. Most people really don't know how much it takes. No one complained (which is unbelievably awesome, by the way). But it was clear the extra day was taking its toll.
So, this coming Saturday will be our last. We'll have a special service with different music from Sunday's service and we'll share communion together. Come celebrate with us if you'd like. We're celebrating what God has done, what the experiment has taught us, and what opportunities lie ahead because of it.
See you Saturday!