Last Sunday B, Rachel and I took the journey north to Birmingham to visit the church that Rev David Carr leads. He is renowned for his straight talking and his healing ministry. He has also overseen the growth of the church to some 2500 people over a weekend.
It was excellent to go to a place that you know has stil got the same pastor and many of the same guys that were involved in starting the church. in fact, they were honouring those on Sunday who had been with the church for 30 years or more. We were in the second service and there were about 10 who were still there and in the first meeting there had been over 30 on stage. I also read something this week that correlated the standing if he church in a community and the longevity if it's leadership.
We managed to find the back door to get in so we didn't have a chance to go to the visitor area, which i think consisted of coffee and there equivalent of our host team. They did have a good building that seated 1500 people with all the seats out, but it didn't seem so big that you felt distant. The highlight of the morning for me was the preaching. It was so soaked in Jesus from beginning to end, there could have been no mistake who the central figure in the church is.
I found it inspiring to see what had been built and trust God that one day we too will see something like this in Reading.