Seattle to continues to become more unchurched as time goes by. Or in the case of another church closing its doors, perhaps we should call it “less churched.”
This week, I learned that Emmanuel Bible Church closed its doors on July 18, 2010. The news bothered me more than other churches that have given up. I knew this church. I taught a Walk Thru the Bible seminar there some 15+ years ago. They were in a good location with a beautiful facility across the street from the Woodland Park Zoo. When they were searching for a new Senior Pastor, I offered my services but was turned down because I did not live in the area.
While I do not know any of the details that went into this decision, my guess is that a lack of leadership and vision ultimately led to them withering from within. I mourn their departure. I grieve their loss of hope. I am saddened they stopped growing. I mourn their death.
May God raise up a new body of believers who will believe the promise of Scripture, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18b). May God raise up people who will obey the great commission, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19a). May God raise up new pastors who will follow the instructions of the apostle Paul, “preach the word” (2 Timothy 4:2a). May God help the believers in Seattle to share the good news of the gospel, with the result, “the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47b).