Wait! What? Are you serious?
That’s the early reactions I’ve gotten since announcing FAD’s demise last Sunday evening during my sermon. But like the infomercial always says, “Wait, There’s more!” After much discussion and prayer it became apparent to me that God was calling our ministry to grow up and I’ve learned that when God’s calling me, it feels less like an emotional light from heaven and more like a punch to the gut. That’s preciously what I had been feeling lately. When God launched FAD, there were only about 8 people in leadership and it was basically a college service. Four years later, I find that we still have committed and amazing college students but God has begun to bring recent college grads and young professionals who wanted to join our mission to reach our city. This migration has caused me to reconsider some of the things we do at FAD that make it a college only service like breaking for summer, spring break and having no childcare. Are we short changing our mission? Are there people who want to be on mission with us but can’t? Are we projecting something that we aren’t anymore? All good questions that I (and every pastor in the world) should ask every now and then. The shocking answer was yes. We made a decision to be more inclusive than exclusive. We made a decision that will throw us into the unknown. We made a decision that comes with some daunting tasks ahead. We made the right decision. FAD has to go.
In its place, God is placing “Fellowship PM“, a new evening service at Fellowship Bible Church focused on producing a missional church service made up of college students, young adults, young families and growing families. What’s staying the same? Still teaching a different series from morning services, awesome worship and missional community focus. What’s changing? We’re going year round! We’re also moving to 6pm, adding childcare to accommodate young families that want to worship with us and moving to the big sanctuary. We’re so excited that God has allowed us to move into a larger role in ministry and we’re so thankful for our church leaders and the body of Fellowship Bible Church. As you can imagine, a change of this magnitude will take much planning and work. Please pray for us.