Wednesday Night Corn

Wed PM Corn Eating at NC3Wednesday nights have fallen out of style recently in Churches of Christ…often for good reason. Many churches make Wednesday nights an "essential" time of dutiful church attendance rather than church family time for fellowship and spiritual growth that can't be missed.

Many of my colleagues in ministry lament Wednesday nights as something that takes quite a bit of extra work to put together–but yields little fruit. This is in fact often the case. However, it doesn't have to be. I too am down on bad Wednesday nights. But, good ones (i.e., those in which God is praised in the way he deserves, fellowship is rich, Scripture is studied, and the spiritual rubber meets the road) are worthwhile. As long as the mentality remains, "Wednesday nights were made for man, not man for Wednesday nights," mid-week services can be a great blessing to any church. 

We don't do everything well, but Wednesday nights at NCCC are really great. At North County, Wednesday nights are like a really long family meal. It's where we touch base with one another…where we see one another in our even scrubbier clothes and catch up on how God is moving in one another's lives. We go from 7-8:15. At 7, we sing five songs or so, have announcements, prayer and break out into classes. After that, people hang out until about 9. 

From about 8:15-9… a neighborhood friend pulls her SUV up (pictured above). Inside, are all sorts of Mexican food wonders–among them are Tamales…and the amazing spicy Corn-on-the-Cob. For a dollar, you can get some of the biggest and best corn you will ever eat in your life. People eat, fellowship, and talk about life. Kids eat corn, play on the playgrounds, giggle and burp. The picture above is cell-phone pic of a Wednesday night corn session at NCCC. It's a beautiful thing 🙂

It keeps us out way too late. It's hard on little kids because they're up late, but they absolutely love it. It's good for us adults too. A midweek spiritual and relational booster shot does us some good as well. 

My general sense is that it's good for churches to have some Wednesday night corn. Or, don't…if you cannot do it purposefully and abundantly. Wednesday night doesn't have to be a black-hole of time and energy consumption. It must, however, be meaningful and not a rerun of what happens on Sundays. Midweek gatherings can add breadth to people's spiritual diet, and greatly enrich Christian community. 

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. I’m watching the CNN special tonight on Latinos in America, and I couldn’t help but think of our wonderful church body and what a beautiful, God-given spirit of unity exists among our English and Spanish speaking brothers and sisters. For me, “Wednesday night corn” is all about our 2 little girls sitting on a curb next to thier friends of various skin-shades and languages, laughing together, eating together, and having no idea that the world (or the church) could be any other way.

  2. Tim, Thanks for this post. While I was taught growing up that missing the Wednesday night service would be a sinful act of rebellion against the elders, I’ve found it easy to transition from compulsory to willing attendance in my adult years. A week is just too long of a gap to be separated from my brothers & sisters in the local church. When I lived in your neck of the woods, I especially enjoyed teaching the high school class on Wednesday nights. For whatever reason, the teens almost always came ready to candidly & humbly discuss their spiritual challenges. People who were stone-silent in Sunday school would gush like waterfalls on Wednesday nights.
    Except for the corn thing (which is a special feature of SoCal life), your description of the things NCCC does on Wednesday nights sounds, on the surface, a lot like Sunday morning (sans communion & a masterful Spivey sermon). I’d be eager for your comments on specific ways that churches can make sure that Wednesday is not a “rerun” of Sunday, but really does broaden the spiritual diet & enrich community. It would help those of us who don’t have easy access to corn 🙂
    Miss you, Bro. Take care, Robin