Jump directly to the Content

Rethinking the Sunday Night Service

Toying with my coleslaw, I tuned in to the conversation at the other end of the table. (District Prayer Conference is a wonderful place to get inspiration and encouragement, as well as to get a feel for what lay people think about churches and pastors.)

A rotund and thickly bespectacled woman was clearly speaking to more than just her friends across the table. "I guess--for a new church--it's a good one, but … " Her voice trailed off, and her little audience leaned forward to get the real scoop. "They don't have an evening service."

Her listeners shook their heads.

"And you know what else?" She leaned forward, this time with even more graveness than before. "Pastor Marks doesn't even want one!"

Eyes rolled heavenward, mouths opened wide, they stared at each other in disbelief.

Not in the mood for dessert, I quickly made an exit. They were talking about a daughter church ours had begun, and Pastor Marks was a good friend. It was true. Wilsonville Alliance Church did not have an evening ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe to Christianity Today magazine. Subscribers have full digital access to CT Pastors articles.

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

Related
Lashed to the Mast
Lashed to the Mast
From the Magazine
The Unearthed Conscience of Black Fundamentalism
The Unearthed Conscience of Black Fundamentalism
A hard racial line divided conservative white and Black Protestants 100 years ago. It didn’t have to be that way.
Editor's Pick
Pastoral Care for Bruised Reeds and Smoldering Wicks
Pastoral Care for Bruised Reeds and Smoldering Wicks
Paul shows us how to restore worth to the wounded and weary.
close