A study of the seven churches in the book of Revelation inspired a creative way for one Kentucky pastor to challenge his congregation to raise money for international missions through the Lottie Moon Christmas offering.
Pastor Kenny Rager of Life Community Church in Owensboro led members in a study series based on the seven churches in preparation of the church’s first revival. Rager then challenged the parishioners to create art pieces that were inspired by the study.
Submissions poured in. Some were paintings. Others were sculptures, textiles, papier-mache, and more.
“Each piece was made for the Glory of God,” Rager said. “That’s why we’re doing this.”
The artwork was on exhibit each night of the revival for a silent auction.
I wanted people to internalize the message of the seven churches in preparation for revival,” Rager said. “What better way than creating art?”
This was the first revival for Life Community Church, which was created only 6 years ago and recently moved into a newly renovated facility.
“A remodeling project can be draining,” Rager said. “Revival is what we needed. We wanted our hearts to be remodeled.”
Southern Baptist Evangelist Dale Rose, who preached each evening of the four-night revival, says the church’s approach to worship is refreshing and applauded efforts of the silent auction.
“I think it’s tremendous; the church is warm and loving, and they have great freedom in worship,” Rose said. “I’m amazed by the thought that went into the artwork in preparation for revival. I think it’s tremendous.”
At the conclusion of the revival and the silent auction, which began Sept. 30 and went through Oct. 3, Rager reported seven decisions for Christ and $900 pledged to the Lottie Moon Christmas offering.
Rager said the revival and offering is just a prelude of things to come.
“Revival is not just a series of four meetings with a special guest speaker,” he said. “It’s a process that God walks us through. It involves prayer, a return to the Word of God, and a renewed vision for outreach. Now we must fan these flames. We must live out the joy of the Lord and grow in our revived state.”