For the first six years of our existence, Sojourn held one service each Sunday. In these last six years, we’ve gone from one service to ten, across four campuses. Now we’re about to add an eleventh service.
Tomorrow, Sojourn East will launch a 5pm Saturday service. Yes, you heard that right: Saturday. One year ago Pastor Kevin Jamison took the helm at East and God has blessed him with new leaders, new members, and so many new guests on their two Sunday services that the time has come to make more room.
This is not only good news for Sojourn East, but for all of us at Midtown, J-Town, and New Albany. Sojourn’s first Saturday evening service means that you can still worship with your Sojourn family, even if you’re scheduled to work on Sunday. It means you can worship with your Sojourn family even if you have to go out of town on a Sunday. And it means your out-of-town family members and friends can worship with you at Sojourn when they visit you, even if they have to drive back or catch a flight on a Sunday.
It’s Not Just About Us, Though
“It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known …” Romans 15:20
Sojourn’s first Saturday evening service means this is our first chance to preach the gospel to the ever-increasing numbers of people who have to work on Sundays. Colossians 1:6 says, “All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth.” We’ve seen that time and again in our history, and I believe we will see it on Saturday evenings at Sojourn East.
Finally, this also presents new opportunities for more people to serve, and for new leaders to emerge. Every campus we’ve launched, every service time, every event, and every ministry we’ve begun has provided an open door. Just imagine if we were one big campus, meeting once a week in an arena. Not only would we make ourselves unavailable to those whose schedules don’t permit them to gather with us at that one service time, but we’d have exponentially less room for preachers of the gospel, Connect servants and worship leaders.
I want every Sojourner to pray with me for this service launch. No matter which campus you attend, no matter which service time is best for you, thank God and celebrate His blessings in giving us this chance at Sojourn East. Ask God to bring more people into our midst, especially those who may not have been able to attend before. And pray that He will continue to raise up willing servants at Sojourn East, who will carry the torch every Saturday night.