Scott Hodge


Weekend Review

Oct 23, 2007

It’s been two days and I still feel like I’m digesting all that happened this past weekend at The Orchard.  As most of you know, this past Saturday we launched our new 5pm Saturday evening service and the place was PACKED!  We were literally adding chairs and squeezing people in.  It was incredible! 

My only concern was what Sunday mornings might look like since there were so many people Saturday night.  Well, Sunday morning came…  9am service felt a little lighter than usual, but still a great crowd.  And the 10:45am service had a GREAT crowd! 

I don’t think I have ever posted numbers on my blog, but I have to share this…  We saw our weekend attendance jump 250+ people this past weekend (which represents a 41% increase over recent weeks)!  The number of first time guests was amazing!  And it sounds like most of them showed up via personal invites from a friend and the invite mailer we did a couple of weeks ago. 

So we’re celebrating today.  And I am so, so, so thankful to be a part of such an awesome team. 

Thank you staff – both paid AND unpaid – for all of your hard work leading up to the launch!  I’m convinced that the momentum we’re feeling right now is a direct result of the passionate buy in to our mission that every one of you have.  It is SO evident!  Wow…I am so proud.  And honored…  And yet, I know that this is just the beginning. 

Fasten your seatbelts guys.  It’s going to be quite a ride!

10 Responses to “Weekend Review”

  1. Kerry says:

    Hey Scott, don’t know if you remember me, Kerry Schmidgall from Calvary back in the high school days. I forget how I found your blog but I’ve been reading for a couple weeks and haven’t gotten a chance to leave a comment. My husband and I live close to you guys in Plainfield (found this out from Amanda’s mom) and are kinda in limbo with finding a church so I definately want to come and check out the Orchard!! :) Say hi to Amanda for me!

  2. bekah says:

    im glad we had such an incredible turnout! i wish i could have been there.

  3. Erik says:

    wow… great report. we are celebrating with you.

  4. Good stuff bro! Good stuff.

  5. Doug Fox says:

    Wow!! We’re doing it! I don’t think our church has ever been this outreach oriented! In fact, the word “church” seems kind of limiting somehow. We are not so much sharing a church as much as we are leading people into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Awesome!! As you say, this is only the beginning…

  6. Flaviu says:

    rock on, Scott!!!

  7. Joni says:

    Thanks for the pizza. That was GENIUS.

  8. kenny eicher says:

    man, those big screens make such a difference. rock on!

  9. Rob McKee says:

    So awesome to hear Scott. Looking forward to hearing more over the next couple of weeks as you run with the BIG MO!

  10. Rindy says:

    Hopped over hear from Joni Ruhs site–love to hear what God is doing!! Awesome!!!

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