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Rob Westbrook

Rob Westbrook

Rob Westbrook

Canceling Church for a Sunday

August 29, 2009, by Rob, category blog

We actually did it. We cancelled church last Sunday. Kinda.

Here’s what we did. We met 30 minutes before our normal worship time. We sang a few songs and I spoke on what we were about to do.

Which was . . .

At 10:30am we divided into several groups and went out into the local neighborhoods. At each house we left packets containing a New Testament and one of our brochures, along with flyer explaining that we were skipping church to invite them back next week.

I expected 15-20 adults to participate. Instead we had around 60 hit the streets! Because of my under-estimation of participants, we exhausted our supplies in about 10-15 minutes. We quickly made up some more packets, and when we came back together one hour later, we had covered about 45 city blocks. In addition, flyers were placed under the windshield wipers of about 100 cars at an “unnamed” large discount store.

I don’t know what type of response we might get for our efforts but we do have a bunch of pumped up LifePointers ready to do it again!

So we’re planning on how to keep this going, without cancelling church every Sunday. We need someone here when those invited show up!

Sunday was fun and many of our folks had some really conversations. We got outside the walls and we’re anxious to see what God does with it.

We did tape the short service we did have. You can watch it below. You need to see the song about 8-9 minutes in. To Tina Benton, 7 years old, sings there. See what you think.


  1. Rob Westbrook |

    Great idea! That’s what church is. Going outward. And yes, I am also Rob Westbrook. Lol.

  2. Observer |

    I agree with “also Rob”. Cameron Strang noted that there is more power lying dormant in pews around the nation than any government could hope to provide… Yes, go outward; it’s the only way to go.

  3. Rob Westbrook |

    Wow, another Rob Westbrook! I don’t know if the world is really ready for that!

    Yep, outward is the church’s commanded direction. Our goal now is to move from “outward” as an occasional excursion to a consistent presence.


So, what do you think ?


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