A recent article in the Baptist Message “Unchurched Americans Turned Off By Church, Open to Christians” has touched a nerve and sparked a fire in the hearts of some in North Louisiana.
SHREVEPORT – A recent article in the Baptist Message “Unchurched Americans Turned Off By Church, Open to Christians” has touched a nerve and sparked a fire in the hearts of some in North Louisiana.
Shreve City Baptist Church in Shreveport will sponsor a weekend camp meeting on the church grounds at the corner of Knight Street and East Washington on Oct. 3-5.
In the event of inclement weather, the dates will be changed to the following weekend.
The theme will be “Come as you are.” There will be something for everyone throughout the services, which will begin on a Friday evening and conclude on the following Sunday evening.
Various speakers and music groups proclaiming the Gospel message and the love of Jesus will be in attendance.
Some of those speaking will be Gene Nix, Eddie DeHondt, Roger Patterson, Paul Hayes, Dale Wooten, Allen Ainsworth, Melvin Lawrence, Bill Treadway, Randy Harper and Marvin Williams.
“We want everyone to know that they are welcome. They should feel free to come and go as they choose. And by the way, leave their money at home….there will be no offering taken in any of the services”, said Marvin Williams who is a bi-vocational minister from Shreve City Baptist Church.
As Williams read the article about a recent poll done by Life Way Christian Resources on the subject, and realized that some of the reasons we have for not assembling together to worship are indeed valid from the perspective of those outside the walls of the church building. The following is an excerpt from the poll.
[‘Tripping over the church’
The negative perception for many people, however, seems to be the church, not Jesus himself, according to the study.
While 64 percent of the respondents think “the Christian religion is a relevant and viable religion for today,” 79 percent think Christianity “is more about organized religion than about loving God and loving people.”
Seventy-two percent said they think the church ‘is full of hypocrites, people who criticize others for doing the same things they do themselves,” and 86 percent believe they “can have a good relationship with God without being involved in church.”
The belief that church attendance isn’t necessary for spiritual well-being is just as common among adults who grew up in church as it is among those who attended church less often as children, McConnell said.
“Unchurched people do not understand the connection between having a relationship with God and being with other believers in church,” he said.]
“Jesus didn’t minister the way we’ve become accustomed to. It really isn’t about meeting in a building with candles, and pews or being concerned that we do it exactly like we’ve always done it. I don’t think that many people believe we really care about anyone except each other. That really isn’t true.” said Williams.
Pastor Gene Nix said, “I agree, it’s time we remove the things that stand between God and those whom He would draw to himself.”
Williams said, “I remember when I said some of the same things a few years ago because I just wanted to be left alone. As a result, I was….left very alone. We just want people to know that we love them and that they aren’t left out of our thoughts and prayers just because we don’t see them every Sunday. This is not a membership drive nor is it a fundraiser, although any who are looking for a church family will be welcomed with open arms. We are doing this because we acknowledge the findings in the poll as a call for the church to wake up and take notice that we could be doing a better job of meeting the needs of the community.”
Christian saxophonist John Frazier will be performing Friday evening as the services open at 6 p. The youth of Shreve City Baptist Church will lead the afternoon services on Saturday beginning around 2 p.m. Sunday morning services will begin at 11 a.m. and will continue throughout the day.
Everyone is invited to “come as you are” to any or all of the services in this 3 day meeting of fellowship and worship. There will be a tent covering 75 seats on the lawn. Lawn chairs are welcome. Food and drinks will be complimentary. Dress is casual. A smiling face is encouraged.