MT. JULIET – In a recent survey by Barna Research, three out of five church-goers said they could not remember something they learned at church the last time they attended.
Of those surveyed, half were in church within the past week.
“That is just not the way church was intended to be,” said Rodney Duckett, pastor of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church.
Duckett said in a culture where "church" has lost significant meaning to many, Mt. Olivet Baptist issued a challenge to everyone in the community. It is a challenge to come and be a part of a growing community for 30 days and re-learn the significance of church.
“The challenge is simple, give us 30 days, and your life will be changed forever,” Duckett said.
During February, Mt. Olivet Baptist will be involved in a 30-day focused effort to challenge one another and those in the community to recommit to the purposes of the church.
"It is our prayer that by refocusing on the five main purposes of the church and living them out, individuals won't just come to church; they will become the church," said Duckett. "I believe individuals today are searching not just for a place to go to church, but for a community of faith, a place to serve their community and a family that will love and care for them in times of need…a place to call home. As people come and commit to this challenge they will see the church can become a powerful, inspirational and life-changing part of their life."
Duckett said the 30-Day Church Challenge is a five-week series based on the biblical model of the church, found in the book of Acts, that will challenge individuals to devote themselves to authentic community, develop a worship lifestyle, commit to spiritual growth, embrace stewardship and a generous lifestyle and engage in sharing God's love with others.
Mt. Olivet Baptist Church will begin the 30-Day Church Challenge on Jan. 26 with a kickoff sermon. Beginning Feb. 2 and continuing until March 9, a new focus and challenge will be given each week encouraging each individual to make a new commitment to one of the five main purposes of the church.
“Come and be a part of this special time at Mt. Olivet,” Duckett said.
Service times are at 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. Small group studies, including a breakfast fellowship, video testimonials and group discussion on each weekly topic, begin at 10 a.m.
Mt. Olivet Baptist Church is at 7463 Hickory Ridge Road in the Leeville community.
For more information, call the church at 615-444-2390 or visit mtolivetbaptist.com.