Why We Are Flexible

Posted by Dave Clayton on

As most of you know, the summer months can be a bit hectic around Ethos. Although this is only our second summer as a church, if you have been around for any amount of time then you know that there are multiple times each summer when we have to change our worship times, and even occasionally our worship location to accommodate the schedule at the Cannery and Mercy Lounge. This Sunday, will hopefully be the last time we have to change our worship times during the summer months. Although this is not a huge deal in the grand scheme of life, I know it can be inconvenient and confusing so I want to take a minute to explain why this happens and why we are okay with it.

ONE : It's Not All About Sundays
Although our Sunday Worship Gatherings play a vital role in the life of our church family, there is much more to being a church than simply gathering on Sundays. We gather each Sunday to celebrate, remember, and refuel for the mission God is calling us to. It is a time of encouragement, a time when we are challenged to live out our relationship with Jesus. It is really important, but it is not everything. In fact we believe what happens Monday thru Saturday is just as important. The early church understood this -- we are seeking to understand this as well. So when we have to change our times and locations last minute from time to time we try to keep that in mind.

TWO : Being a Blessing
Sometimes we move our times and locations as a way of simply blessing the guys that own the Cannery and the Mercy Lounge. The truth is, they cut us a great deal to gather there for worship. Occasionally, it would serve them better to use the venue on a Sunday Night for another event. After all, this is the way they make a living. So occasionally, we move our times and locations simply as a way of blessing their lives and their business. I believe that partnering with Jesus followers should be the easiest and most rewarding way to do business. Hopefully the guys at the Cannery feel that way, and hopefully your flexibility plays a vital role in demonstrating that.

THREE : We Adapt for Things We  Care About
Although it is a bit inconvenient to change things up, the truth is we all adapt for the things we care about. If you are a football fan and they change the kickoff time, you adapt. If you go to a movie and the showing you were interested in is sold out, you go to the later show. You get the point. We adapt for the things we care about.

In 2009, we had to move our worship time or location 12 times. In 2010, we have only had to do this 4 times. Thanks for being so flexible when this does happen -- especially when it happens 3 times in one month. Thank you for your commitment to Jesus and the church he is building in downtown Nashville. I'm so glad to call you guys my church family.

See you guys Sunday at 10:30 am!
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