WOW 2023

"I'm tired of the same old worship experience. I feel disconnected from God and am looking for a new way to connect with Him. I'm not comfortable with going into a sanctuary or with organized religion."

These are just some of the things I hear when it comes to today's worship services. These sentiments are not limited to Cason but are expressed in churches everywhere. The main problem is that we have forgotten that everything we do should be worship. Praising God should not be confined to the one hour we spend at church each week; it should be something we do as we encounter the glory of God's creation. We should worship with the words we use and the actions we take. By reducing your entire worship experience to the Sunday service, you're overlooking all the opportunities to praise God. The early Church understood this: they met in homes, fields, and any place they could gather in the joy of God's world to worship His name.

In that spirit, we are excited to announce Worship Outside the Walls (WOW), our revolutionary worship experience that will leave you feeling renewed, inspired, and deeply connected with God. Our approach is fresh, exciting, and designed to meet you where you are. At WOW, you will have time to reflect, pray, and contemplate God's presence in your life while also enjoying the company of others who share your passion for faith. Through breakout sessions, large group gatherings, worship, and small group discussions, we will connect more fully with God, ourselves, and our church family. We will also learn how to love and serve our community beyond the confines of the church walls.

Additionally, we are privileged to have Jessica Taylor from the Fresh Expressions Florida Conference Team join us. Fresh Expressions are new forms of church designed for our changing culture, primarily focused on reaching those who are not yet part of any church community. These expressions emerge through principles of listening, service, contextual mission, and making disciples. They have the potential to become mature expressions of church shaped by the Gospel. Jessica will share with us how Fresh Expressions are reshaping our understanding of worship and outreach, and she will discuss how churches can create their own Fresh Expressions.

Our keynote speaker for the weekend will be Jimmy Dorrell. Dorrell is the pastor of Church Under the Bridge, an interdenominational church that started as a Bible study with five homeless men in Waco, Texas, in 1992, under an interstate bridge. Today, over 300 diverse individuals of different races and economic backgrounds gather under the same bridge each week. Dorrell is also the founder and executive director of Mission Waco, an urban ministry, and has founded four nonprofits benefiting the poor. He has written for numerous publications and authored three books. Jimmy, as an adjunct professor, teaches urban mission classes at George W. Truett Theological Seminary and civic education classes at Baylor University. He will share insights on the cultural challenges faced by the modern church regarding wealth and relationships, as well as practical ways that Christians can serve and empower the poor and marginalized in their communities.

Finally, there will be breakout sessions where participants can engage in smaller group discussions about the lessons learned and how to implement best practices in church mission and ministries. Each breakout group will have the opportunity to share their insights with Jimmy and the whole group, aiming to create initial action plans to take back to their respective churches.

I encourage you to attend. Step outside your comfort zone and be a part of this special and uplifting weekend. This will be a worship experience unlike any you have participated in before. Praise, prayer, discussion, enlightenment, and action are what true worship is about. Please plan on joining us. You can come for the entire weekend for $75.00 or join us on Saturday, including lunch, for $30.00.

We hope to see you there!

Pastor David.

1 Comment

Dick Weir - June 29th, 2023 at 6:50pm

Looking forward to it. Will there be singing on the bus?