You can only stop church if it’s SOMETHING you DO; you can’t stop church if it’s SOMEONE you ARE.

Since we launched in January of 2012, our church has rented facilities at Burlingame High School to host our Sunday services. This means all of our equipment is transported to-and-from the school every Sunday in a 17-foot Box Truck. This process works well for us-- until it doesn't.

This past Sunday, our truck (with all of our equipment) was stuck behind a broken gate:

 Sound systems, offering envelopes, SacredKIDS projects... everything we owned was locked behind a broken gate.

Sound systems, offering envelopes, SacredKIDS projects... everything we owned was locked behind a broken gate.

The volunteer team took immediate initiative to adjust to the changing landscape: Our volunteers grabbed some coffee to-go from Starbucks, others bought some balls and toys for the kids, and our worship team threw-together an unplugged set (and the setup and teardown warriors had the morning to laugh, encourage, and enjoy a much-deserved break).

Then one of my staff members said something extremely appropriate (paraphrased):

You can only stop church if it's something you do, you can't stop church if it's someone you are.

 An acoustic guitar, ukulele, no sound system, familiar songs, and the Church being the church.

An acoustic guitar, ukulele, no sound system, familiar songs, and the Church being the church.

This gift was a great reminder to us: The church is people, not programs. And without any equipment or extra "frills" the people worshiped, responded to the message, (and to top it off) three people asked to be baptized.

Maybe Sunday was an attack from the enemy. Or maybe it was a coincidence. Either way, God used this time to redefine and remind us who we are.

As one of my friend said to me after service, "that was nice... we should do this more often".