I love it that my church is old. Trinity has weathered the storm of different generations and has survived! Trinity has lasted. As we approach the 50th year of ministry in Lubbock, I marvel at the impact we’ve had over all these years. The attendance numbers have fluctuated from “bursting at the seams” to “will anyone show up?”, but over they years has continued to find health and participate as a functioning part of our community for 50 years.
There are unique challenges of an old church, there is no doubt. But there are great advantages as well. We have consistent people, both in attendance and in what they give to the vision of our church. We have a diverse group of people that ranges from newborn children through WW2 veterans. We have a story that spans 5 decades, and people love to tell it to us young folks! We have the luxury of experience to draw from with each decision we make.
It’s comforting to me to attach myself and my family to a secure place like Trinity, that values loyalty and excellence all at the same time. In my travels, I regularly run into people who know about my church. They don’t know about us from some recent podcast, or popular book our pastor may have wrote (and there isn’t anything wrong with this.) They know about us, because sometime in the past 50 years our church has impacted their life or someone they know. That’s rich and I love it.