We load (and unload) the actionchurch truck often. Every service. Every event. It’s sort of like a 4000 lb game of Jenga…in an oven. :-) ( I’m super thankful EVERY week for all the help we have making it happen!)
Even though there is a “place for everything, and everything in it’s place” in the truck, sometimes things load better than others. A few weeks ago, after a particularly good load-in, one of the guys joked that maybe we “should cancel church next week, so we don’t mess up the truck. We’ll never get it loaded that well again.!” Everyone laughed, but no one actually considered canceling church just to keep the truck neat. It’s important, but its simply not the “main thing”.
It’s important to remember what the “main thing” is at actionchurch. It’s the one thing we can do that NO ONE ELSE can. We are pretty great at carrying heavy stuff, but there are moving companies that can do the same thing. We have a great crew that makes great live music possible at the theater each week, but there are nightclubs, bars, and other live music venues that can do the same. We give away lots of delicious donuts on Sundays, but there are numerous Maple Donut shops where people could get the same yummy fried goodness. I could go on…and on…but there is only ONE thing that we can do that NO ONE ELSE can. It’s our “main thing”. It’s the most important thing we do.
The main thing at actionchurch is changing people’s minds about Jesus. EVERYTHING we do leads up to that ONE THING. actionkidz, music, donuts, every sermon, signage, actiongroups, and yes even loading heavy things into “Black Betty the truck” all lead up to that ONE thing. Jesus. He’s why we exist. We want people who don’t consider him to be an important part of their lives to change their mind! We want them to consider following Jesus…and placing him in control of their lives. It’s what makes the hard work worth it every week. It’s what happens when we “Love God, Love People, and Take action”.
It’s the most important thing. It’s the main thing.