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Apr 22, 2012

Church Visits: Morning Star New York in Manhattan

In January, I had the opportunity to preach at Morning Star New York (MSNY). The church is actually a campus of another church in the Raleigh-Durham (North Carolina) area, King's Park International Church.

This is my second time preaching at MSNY. In both cases, I was teaching at Gordon Conwell on Friday, and I stayed over to preach on Sunday.

The church has three locations, though I only preached at two of them.

One of them meets in a movie theater as you can tell early on:

Like many of us in theaters, there is sometimes an unfortunate movie title to address when you start services!

Another campus, their largest, meets at the Park West High School. They were almost forced out of this building by an unjust policy I have previously written about. However, that policy is currently embroiled in a legal battle. If the policy is ever passed, they will be forced to move to a new location and pay triple their already high rent (since, we can only assume, NYC schools do not need their rent money).

The church has multiracial and multicultural. The local pastor is Adam Burt, and he is a former professional hockey player (which is a little intimidating if you ask me).

One side note: I love the fact they read scripture from the iphone-- very nice.

I was struck by just how much these folks enjoyed one another. They fellowshipped, laughed, and just were, well, together with many staying after the service in community with one another.

People spontaneously prayed together after the service as well.

Interestingly, in our Transformational Church Assessment Tool, this was a statistically significant indicator-- churches where people "spontaneously prayed together" were more likely to meet the Transformational Church criteria.

There was lots of prayer after the service up front, where prayer counselors were available to pray with people for salvation, healing, or spiritual growth. But, I was most stuck by the fact that people just prayed with one another-- simply because that is an extension of who they are.

Thanks to Ron Lewis (Sr. Pastor), George Gregory-- pastor of the East Campus, and Adam Burt-- pastor at the West Campus. I'm so appreciative of you, your church, and your gracious invitations to me.

God bless!

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Posted:April 22, 2012 at 12:00 am

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Church Visits: Morning Star New York in Manhattan