Speaker: Jeff Jarvis

It might be hard to believe, but there was a formula developed in the late 80’s for growing big Christian churches that was largely responsible for ushering in the age of the megachurch. Actually, Friends Church was built on this formula when we began 20 years ago, in 1997. There’s no denying that the formula worked. Within 5 years we were a community of over 500, and on our way to becoming one of the larger churches in Calgary.

But along with certain measures of success, came some serious issues. Issues we hadn’t anticipated and honestly, couldn’t live with. So in 2007 we embarked on a massive and very risky church renovation. At the time, outspoken critics suggested that our proposed changes would equate to church suicide. That we would never survive. It’s hard to believe that that was over 10 years ago!

Though the ride has been terrifying at times, and it has come at quite a cost, what has resulted within this community known as Friends Church, is nothing short of remarkable. I would like to tell the story this Sunday and explain the newest challenge that we face and intend to defeat on our mission to make our world a better place. Invite a friend who doesn’t fit church and get to the gym this Sunday. You’ll be glad you did.

~Jeff

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  • Kim Sweeney says:

    This is the first message I have ever heard from Friends Church… and I wanted to say that I think it was very brave of you to address money. That is not an easy topic and it is hard to acknowledge and face our beliefs over it. I enjoyed learning about the history of your church and am excited to learn more. Thank you for the message 🙂

  • Jeff says:

    Thank-you Kim for taking the time to share your feedback to this message. It was not a fun message to deliver, but I’m hopeful it will explain more of the heart behind Friends Church and compel those who appreciate what we’re about, to financially support the work of Friends Church. I hope you’ll continue to listen and, if you’re in the area, to drop in. We’d love to meet you! Jeff

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