It’s a fast-paced world.
Teens today are surrounded constantly by technology, vibrant colors, movement and music, thanks to the ever-changing technology readily available. It’s everywhere you look.
Pastor Sean Gallagher and the rest of the staff at First Assembly of God in Enid are working hard to reach teens, as well as young adults, by teaching God’s message in a manner consistent with today’s technology.
“We definitely want to influence teens,” said Gallagher. “We are trying to gear our music and approach to spread the gospel in a way that is relevant, a relevant way to communicate our preaching and speaking.”
First Assembly of God has executed its plan of reaching people where their needs are by holding several different types of services each week.
On Saturday evenings, First Assembly of God hosts a church service that is very contemporary and fast-paced.
One of the methods used by First Assembly to reach its young audience is the incorporation of videos in the service.
“We understand YouTube is something that is huge and that people want to express themselves through video,” Gallagher said. “We make our own videos, and we use videos (other people) have made.”
The choice of music is a big part of First Assembly’s Saturday evening outreach.
“We try to do Top 40 pop music, especially on Saturday night,” said Gallagher. “We’ve covered things from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Lady Gaga.”
The secular music isn’t used only to create a relevant atmosphere, Gallaher said. It also helps bring God’s message.
“Generally, we use it in the service, and our goal is always to find a point and a reason to use the song we’re using,” Gallagher said. “It’s a good time but it’s also to back up the message.”
He said the ultimate goal is to create a place of refuge where anyone will feel welcome.
“We know that a lot of time people go to church and get ‘beat up,’ (by people) saying, ‘You’re not living right.’ Our focus is to draw them in and create a place of refuge. Life is tough, and we don’t need to make it harder on people.”
The Saturday night service is referred to simply as SNS and is held each week from 6-7. Generally SNS has an attendance of about 150.
“We are working on building our Saturday service up again,” Gallagher said.
Other tools used during SNS are stage lighting and a live band.
The service is not only for teens. Many young adults attend, and the service is open to anyone.
First Assembly of God also has a contemporary worship service on Sunday mornings at 10:30.
“It’s not as edgy as SNS,” Gallagher said. “We don’t do the secular music. (SNS) is a little more cutting-edge. Very loud, very aggressive, very edgy. It’s hard to describe verbally, it’s almost something you just have to experience.”
Instead of secular music, the contemporary worship service utilizes contemporary praise music and video illustrations.
First Assembly of God also holds a traditional Sunday morning service at 9:15.
First Assembly is targeting the young and offering a place of refuge with its Saturday night service
It’s a fast-paced world.
- Progress 2012
2012 ON THE HORIZON
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