A few weeks back we had the honor of hosting Dr. Mark Gorveatte, our District Superintendent, who visited our church to bring greetings and to worship with us as he does each year. Afterwards he made time to meet with our board, our staff and with me to answer questions, provide feedback and catch up.
At one point over lunch. he made a comment about our worship, how we sing both old and new songs...hymns and contemporary worship. He said that some people might think that we are confused about our identity as a church. You see some churches are laser focused on a certain demographic. They want to reach 18-25 year olds for example, so they only play the newest songs and wear trendy clothing and have the best technology. Other churches cater to the Boomer generation and play music that sounds a lot like classic rock while wearing clothing that looks like it came out of an Eddie Bauer catalog.
So a person might show up to Six Points and think that we don't know who we are or who we are trying to reach...but we do. We want to be a multi-generational church. We value being a church where a 90 year old and a 9 year old can worship side by side. We want to be a church where kids, teens, parents and grandparents can all worship, grow, serve and give as a community together. We think that we are better together. We get wisdom and maturity from our senior saints and we get passion and vitality from our younger generations. We know who we are. We are a church that wants to reach all generations for Jesus.
So we sing a few songs that I don't like from time to time...but somebody else does; so what? As long as Jesus is glorified; that's all that matters. We worship together, all generations gathered in the name of Jesus. That's who we are.