Oak Harbor CRC, Washington State
Written by Pastor Nick Rosas. For the full story, visit our archive of church highlights
Back in July, my family and I received a call to pastor a small church on charming Whidbey Island, Washington named Oak Harbor Christian Reformed Church. Pursuing corporate worship during a pandemic has its challenges, but we came together in some pretty awesome ways. For starters, we rediscovered some of the benefits of being a church of under 100. The situation forced our council to reconsider things like how we go about visitation, how we provide a reasonable Sunday service experience to home-bound congregants, what things we were doing as a church to respond and serve to specific needs? These questions coupled with a series we did based on a book called The Jesus Questions led to an unexpected culture shift in our church that has been impacting everything (so far). A culture of question asking.
We have been nurtured in a culture that encourages answer-giving over question-asking, and that culture runs deep in church, too . . .
We realized these and other things by encouraging questions, not just in a personal setting (like my office or a coffee shop) but in a communal setting, where we are able to see and hear where others are on different things. For our church, this took the form of a Q&A style lecture Sunday nights we called Leftovers. We encouraged questions about faith and personal situations. On Sundays we also have different avenues set up where anyone can ask questions anonymously, even online. This has resulted so far in a church culture where we can be honest about our doubts and seriously engage each other. Oak Harbor is grateful that we are creating community space where we are safely able to share and be vulnerable together in our worship.