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Yesterday was a special day at NCCC. Normally, we are forced into four assemblies by our facility limitations. Yesterday, however, we were able to worship together as One Body. We worshiped at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, just across the street from where we normally gather. The service was multicultural, with both English and Spanish-speaking members of NCCC leading in various capacities, and even in different languages at times. The singing was fantastic. Peter Wilson and the NCCC praise team were fantastic worship-leaders. The elders read passages of blessing and prayed for the church at the end. It was just a great day.

I knew we had a lot of people gone yesterday, and I knew that we would likely miss some people in the count because of the way the building was situated and the number of people we had serving all over the building. So, I was well prepared not to hit the 1,000 mark. It wouldn't have been the biggest deal in the world…but still. You  preachers know what I'm talking about :) When the attendance count (1,009) came in to me backstage, I thanked the Lord and prayed.

The first time any congregation reaches 1,000 is special. In my experience, the 800 barrier is really, really, really hard to break through. I would argue it's THE most difficult—even over 200, 500, or other known "growth barriers." Even when you move past it, there is still quite a bit of suction pulling backward until you get to about a thousand. NCCC has begun to move past it, but it feels a bit like running with a parachute on — lots of energy for each inch of progress. So, we're hoping yesterday will give us the boost we need to move past it for good. It's not about numbers, it's about people.

All of this is about far more than simply counting attendance. It's about God changing lives and using His people to do so. Each church represents an outpost of the Kingdom. Each "number" is a child of God and a soul God cares about…that's why it matters.

Yesterday, we were able to see one another all at once. We were able to see that God has blessed us with growth, and that's not a bad thing. It's wonderful.

After services were over, we carried the fellowship outside to the park and ate lunch together. It was just one of those great days in ministry…the kind of day sends your head to the pillow with a, "Thank you so much Lord for allowing me to do this with my life."

I was so proud of those who served in various ways yesterday. Those who were willing to miss some of yesterday's service to serve children, particularly, were the unsung heroes of yesterday. There are others I could mention and there are certainly those who served in ways I didn't see. I'm just thankful for NCCC, where God is leading us, and for the blessing of church.

Just had to say that, today J

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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  1. Tim, I enjoyed this post about the growth at NCCC. You describe so well why “numbers” really do matter. Keep us updated on God giving the increase out there in SoCal. I’m really interested to see where all this is heading.

  2. Amen to the Thank You God! It was wonderful. I kept thinking of how I wish I could build a building big enough for ALL of us. God has a plan for NC3’s people! Thank you Tim, Elders, Ushers, teachers, Peter and the Praise Team, Greeters, and many more! Yesterday would not have been so grand without the help of those who served, just as Tim said. I was so pleased to be sitting next to my brother-in-law, even though my sister was not there, he came! And my Brother Drew brought friends to worship with us. Super encouraging :). May we be God’s salt daily

  3. I’ll just add “Thank you, God, for allowing me to be part of this amazing time at NCCC. It is awe inspiring to watch You at work with your people! It is the biggest blessing of my life to have found this family :)

  4. I’ll just add, “Thank you, God, for allowing me to be Tim’s partner in all this.” I love serving God alongside you, and yesterday was truly a God-glorifying day. Can’t wait to see all that He continues to do in this place through the body at NCCC.