About a year ago I was asked to serve the new Church plant at Panama City Beach as one of five overseers who would assist in the oversight of the Baypointe Church.
The Baypointe Church, under the direction of Lead Pastor Dr. Ben Liles, was launched about seven months ago. I was privileged to be present for the launch. They meet each week for worship and several times a month with four “Life Groups”. There has been a steady increase in the growth of this church.
This past Sunday I was again privileged to attend the Sunday morning Worship Experience at Baypointe Church. From the moment I drove into the parking lot of the school where the church meets I was addressed by very friendly people. On the sidewalk, at the door, in the cafe and during the social time at the start of the service, I was continually impressed by the friendliness of those who were there.
I was even more impressed when I heard some of the stories of the people and how they came to know the ministry of Baypointe Church……how they have connected to God…….and how gracious the church has been in their acceptance. One of those stories included a person being asked to leave three different churches because of what was considered to be a sordid life style. That person is now connected to God and His Church, regular in attendance and serving the people of the church and community.
The approach to the worship experience was different for me….not wrong….different. The attire of the worshipers was different. The decor was different. The music was different. None of it was wrong….just different!
And, the church is attracting different people. People who are lost….people who have not been welcomed in other churches….people who are hurting. I am impressed. I think they are doing exactly what Jesus wants them to do in this beach community.
It was a great service and I was thoroughly refreshed.
I was privileged to attend a Baypointe Church staff meeting and I must tell you about that……later.
In the Bonds of Calvary,