GREENWOOD, Ind. – Honey Creek United Methodist Church in Greenwood is experiencing its greatest growth in the congregation’s history. In March and April, the church received into membership 34 people through baptism and profession of faith. Most of these were celebrated on Easter Sunday, where the carpet surrounding the baptismal fount was soaked with water.
The reception of the new members represented a growth from 106 to about 138 members, a growth bump of some 30 percent at one time. Lead Pastor Brad Miller was more than pleased. “What a privilege it has been to welcome so many at one time into the family of God through membership at Honey Creek. I know that I have never had such an experience in my 30 years of ministry and there is no record and no recollection, from long-term members, of any similar occurrence in the 183 year history of the church. All I can say is Way To Go God!”
The growth spurt was preceded by decisions of the congregation to start a new contemporary worship service, to develop and nurture a system of small groups, to invest some funds into advertising and to set some goals and strategies to make Easter 2010 the biggest day Honey Creek has seen in some time.
Lead Pastor Brad Miller set the goal for 200 to attend Easter services at Honey Creek with the incentive that if that goal was met, he would preach from the roof in the summer.
A strategy titled “Pray, Invest & Invite” was created pointing towards Easter. Each Sunday of Lent, a prayer list of the names of un-churched people connected to Honey Creek members was prayed for during worship, during special prayer events and at small group Bible studies centered around community outreach.
The invest component was new banners, signage, flyers and cards throughout the community pointing toward Easter Sunday. The result was more than 210 members and guests attending three Easter services April 4 at Honey Creek, this included more than 70 cars in the parking lot with only 50 available spaces.
Plans are underway for Miller to preach from the roof on Sunday July 4 at the annual church outdoor worship and picnic.