The Gallery Church 30 Years from Today
Imagine with me 30 years from today. Many of you will be closing in on 60. I’ll be 62. Jack will be 33 and Lillie and Elliott will almost be 32. Maybe you will be settled down in Florida, Texas, Tennessee or who knows, maybe even Chelsea. 30 years from today, we will have lived a lot of life and we’ll probably often reflect upon the past, the decisions we will have made, the path we will have walked and the faithfulness of God that abided every step of the way.
The Gallery Church will be about 35 years old and you will be considered someone who laid the foundation for this church. Whether you like it or not when you are a member of a church in its first 5 to 10 years, you are a foundation layer, a charter member of sorts. What do you think the Gallery Church will be like 30 years from today? It is sobering yet exhilarating to think that we hold the answer to that question in how we live as the church today. The strength, vitality, and health of the Gallery Church 30 years from today will in large measure depend upon the kind of foundation we lay together during this window of time.
Now imagine with me, your future children moving to the city in their young twenties. Imagine the opportunity you will have to introduce them to the city you used to live in and to the church you used to attend. What will you find? What will the Gallery Church be like in 30 years? Again, the answer depends on what kind of foundation we are laying today. So throw off whatever is hindering you from following Jesus and laboring to see a thriving church established that the next generation will benefit from.
Life is short. The church is worth it. Leave a legacy.
(photo by Joe Garrad)