Wednesday, October 31, 2007

A Church like no other

Vince Antonucci continues to amaze me with his bar ministry:

Things went awesome tonight. We had our most people ever - 120. It was packed! When we arrive there are 79 seats available, we put out extra, there were a total of about 115. 112 seats were taken, and about 8 people were standing.

No protestors, which is a plus.

Lots of cool things happened, cool conversations ... One girl decided to give her life to Christ. God is doing something special there.

I also love his discription of his type of church:

For seventeen years now I've been searching for churches that are truly reaching people who are seriously far from God. Not churches reaching people who go to church, or used to go to church and stopped for awhile and now they're back. I want to see churches that are reaching people who are shocked that they're going to church, and reaching those people in large numbers. I'm sure there are churches like that out there, but I have found very, very few. Sometimes I'll hear about one, then go check it out and return home disappointed.

I never really thought about it before, but that is exactly the kind of church I have always wanted to be a part of. I do want "unchurched" and "dechurched" people because I want anybody who needs Christ, but I agree there are not many churches out there who are reaching those that have never darkened the door of a church or reaching the last people you would think would enter a church. The more I thought of it, the more I realize that that is who we will be reaching in France, because you have a whole generation that has had no contact with church (mostly Catholic) and the ones that say they go to a church (usually the older people) only go on Christmas, Easter, or when they get married.

We hope to learn so much from Vince Antonucci because God is blessing him with ideas that you don't find many churches willing to do. Read this to get a feel for his Sunday morning service.


Jane-Jane said...

I think there are lots of "vinces" called to do his type of ministry, just few of us answering the call.

Thank you for your comment on my blog. Your passion is awesome. And thank you for your prayers. God is good and will be in control, however I feel a rough road coming for my dad....I think God is trying to get his attention (has been for years with various accidents and illnesses.) I pray that dad will totally submit to God, no matter what.

The Figs said...

thank you, gina, for writing in your blog. though i don't always comment. reading it is part of my routine. sometimes, it's part of my quiet time @ work. sometimes, it brings me to tears to read God's blessings, how He's molding you, how I want to be molded, etc. just THANK YOU!!!

see ya saturday! don't jump around to much on stage, ok? j/k. it wouldn't be any fun if you didn't go CRAZY!!!!

:-) j