Recently I was reminded of a comment I made about Canvas nearly 2 years ago. I referred to Canvas as the Best Kept Secret in Lenoir City. When I said it, I got mixed reactions from the people around me. At least I perceived mixed reactions. Specifically, I feel some people took the comment as somewhat of a compliment… while I feel others may have taken slight offense.
I never went into great detail about why I said it, so I understand a comment like that will generate different interpretations. This is the hazard of any communication (written or verbal), that different people will process dialogue in different ways.
In reality, I did not intended the comment to be a compliment or a criticism… it was intended to challenge myself as well as others to reflect of how well we are sharing our Church with our Community. I won’t speak for anyone else, but I admit I was not doing a good job of it. Sure, I’ve always tried to help out in any way I can. I even decided to learn how to run the AV system and be part of the team delivering the weekly services… but I still wasn’t inviting people to Church. And truth be told, it goes much deeper than that. I wasn’t sharing my Church experience with anyone… in any way, shape or form. I was literally keeping a secrete.
Since then, I have made it a personal mission to promote my Church in any way I can. Whether it be through video projects, time helping in the AV booth, sharing ideas with the Creative Board, participation in this blog, or a shameless comment about how great I think my Church is when talking to people I know. And yes, even the occasional invitation to Church.
Now the reality is none of my efforts have yet to bring a single person through the doors… but I won’t be discouraged. Christ is growing the Membership of Canvas … and more importantly…. Canvas Membership is growing in Christ.
I’m happy to say I no longer feel like we are The Best Kept Secret in Lenoir City… and I hope you all feel like a part of that successes.