So I joined a co-ed over 30 soccer league. It hasn’t gone well. The first week we played a team that was really good. We had no subs and it was like 900 degrees. We lost 9-1. The following week was worse. I thought the game started at 2pm and it actually started at 1pm. I was literally digesting a burger and running on to the field as the game started. No stretching, no water, no warm ups. That doesn’t work when you are a goalkeeper, and we lost that game 8-1. While I am not confident we would have won that game even if I was a 100%, I have to admit that my lack of preparation, negatively influenced my performance and as a result, my presentation. I pride myself on being a good keeper and I still feel bad about how I played that day.
In 10 weeks, Canvas Church will open its doors to the public for the very first time! We want to be ready to reach the unchurched community so we will have top notch childcare as well as a great worship experience. But as I experienced on my team and as you probably experienced before, preparation influences performance which influences presentation. If first-time unchurched guests have a hard time parking, checking their kids in the kids ministry or are distracted during the worship experience, we will poorly present the beauty of Jesus. If our volunteer team, our dream team is not prepared, and under perform, then we will present God’s transforming love poorly. Now, can God move in spite of ourselves, absolutely, but we at Canvas value guests so much, that we wouldn’t want to do that.
So I am asking you to prepare Canvas with me. We have 10 weeks to build a children’s ministry, a guest service team, a worship team and a setup and production crew that can create an incredible experience for the first time guest. We will have weekly trainings with refreshments and childcare available as we prepare to reach the unchurched. I want you to prayerfully consider giving me a 6 month commitment. If you give me 6 months, we can create a place that you would love to invite your unchurched friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to. Our first team meeting is July 10th at 6pm at Oakstone, 900 Club Dr. Here’s an application to join our dream team.