hope for churches in stress

Investment

August 15, 2017

In six years, Bethlehem Community Fellowship (BCF) grew from a dozen to nearly ninety people. When asked about this remarkable story of growth and transformation, Pastor Jim Weick responded, "We invested in relationships.”

 

Among the church’s original small group was a young man in his early twenties, the youngest person in the congregation. Jim knew that if the church had any hope of growth, Josh’s contribution would be vital.

 

Jim was intentional about investing in Josh. He spent considerable time with Josh, building a strong bond and mentoring relationship. Jim encouraged Josh to remain an active part of BCF and to use his musical gifts in worship.

 

Through the hospitality of Jim and his wife, Josh began to invite friends to times together at the Weick’s home. A group of young men gathered weekly for a year and a half. These "open home" get-togethers grew to a gathering of 40 to 50 young adults, many of whom began to attend BCF.  

 

Within two years, the church began to grow. The older people embraced the increasing numbers of young adults. BCF became a place where people, young and old, felt free to share their joys and struggles with one another.

 

This faith community is now flourishing through accountability and mutual investment. Reflecting on the transformation, Pastor Jim shared, “We don’t do church together, we do life together” (Acts 2:42-47). 

 

 

 

 

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Please reload

Featured Posts

Setting Direction I

March 15, 2018

1/10
Please reload

Recent Posts

April 15, 2020

April 1, 2020

February 1, 2020

January 15, 2020

January 15, 2020

January 1, 2020

January 1, 2020

November 15, 2019

November 1, 2019

October 15, 2019

Please reload

Search By Tags