By far the most exciting thing in life is watching someone come to faith in Christ and be baptized. But a close second for me is watching someone re-connect with the church. Probably because we are in the heart of the Bible belt, many of the people we minister to in our community were raised in the church or at least were exposed to the good news of Jesus. But for whatever reason have checked out on His church.
I love to see them come back.
Example: Emrie and I had dinner last night with a new family that has recently started attending Antioch. The father had grown up in the church but was far from a memorable experience. After watching that same church split and demoralize his family he checked out on the church altogether. That was years ago. He is now married with a family and is being drawn to come back. Upon the invitation of a neighbor they visited Antioch two weeks ago and loved it. He sat across the table from me last night and with a huge smile on his face he said, "I'm actually excited about coming to church for the first time in a long time."
That my friends, is what it's all about! I'm of the mindset that Christ's church should be irresistible.
I don't know what God is doing at Antioch but I sense that people are excited about what God is doing in their life and they are drawn to a community of believers where God is worshiped and people are loved. I'm seeing lost people come back week after week. I'm seeing the de-churched get re-connected. I'm seeing long time Christians find another gear. I'm seeing God do some amazing things and I'm just honored to be a part of it.