December 23, 2016 —
I am currently the Head of Staff at Littlerock Community Church and a candidate for ordination through ECO. Our church joined ECO just about a year ago and God has truly blessed us in the past year. We are a small church located in California's Antelope Valley and so some of this may seem quite insignificant compared to our larger sister churches. But in the past year, we started an adult Sunday School class which now averages around 15-17 every week and growing! We also re-started a children’s Sunday School class that now has between 8-12 children each week. We started a Saturday morning book study (currently reading through Max Lucado’s book on Grace) which has around 8 people each week. Our growth had been stagnant, but during the past year, we have added 6 new members and I have had the privilege of baptizing four individuals!
Our people now truly feel challenged to “think outside of the box” and as a result, in addition to our normal Christmas caroling to members who are shut-in, we contacted a local “senior” mobile home park and asked if there were any residents that would like us to come. We were given several names, so we were able to minister to them on a Friday night. Every home that we sang to wanted to know the name of the church that we represented and we are already seeing some of their relatives coming to visit us!