纽约新颂教会增长迅速 伦茨牧师感谢神

ByJEANNIE LAW | 基督邮报记者
2016年09月26日|01:58 PM
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卡尔·伦茨
卡尔·伦茨(Carl Lentz)牧师。

纽约新颂教会的卡尔·伦茨(Carl Lentz)牧师最近在社交媒体上表达了对教会增长的感激之情,透露数百人排队等候参加敬拜。

伦茨上周五在Instagram上发布的一张照片显示,一对队人站在纽约城的街区,他借这张照片表达了对教会正在经历增长的感激,同时透露教会每场礼拜的人数都远远超过场地所能容纳的人数。这位年轻的牧师在Instagram上有33.6万的粉丝。

“昨晚@纽约新颂很特别,也很有代表性……这张照片概括了我们教会的核心……教会有自己的场地时,往往把能够方便参加聚会看成理所当然!但我们从来不是那样……我们的每一次聚会,都需要租场地,付款。场地永远不够大!因此,人们排队等候进入拥挤的房间,整个过程你也许可能只能站着,这已经成为日常。我们确实是选择了不便……有人离开我们的教会,并说‘你知道吗,我只想去某个更小的地方。’他们没有意识到的是,他们选择去新的地方,也有着同样成长的愿望!只是这还没有发生,或者没有以相同的'速度'发生……我不想成为这样一个基督徒,求神应答我的祷告‘复兴纽约!’然后当他如此成就了,我却讨厌我曾经所为之喜乐的……绝不,”伦茨写道。

“昨晚,数百人无法进入我们的第一场礼拜。因此,他们等了两个小时参与到'第二场'……谁知道,也许在不久的将来,我们将很快有我们自己的场地。但我永远不会忘记这些日子。我感激我们教会这些美好的人。我要见证他们!当安逸来电?他们挂断电话……愿我们所有人都能这样!特别感谢我们的18位员工,做得多,担当也多的人,你们是最棒的,”他补充说。

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Last night @hillsongnyc was special and typical.. This photo encapsulates the heart of our church.. When churches have buildings they own, it's easy to take for granted how convenient it is to simply have meetings! We have never known that.. Every meeting we have ever had, we have to rent a venue. Pay for it. And it's never big enough! So waiting in a line, to get into an overcrowded room where you just might have to stand the whole time, becomes a normal thing. It's literally a choice to be inconvenienced..We have had people leave our church from time to time and say "you know what, I just want to be somewhere smaller." Not realizing the new place they choose to go, has the same desire to grow!! It just hasn't happened yet, or at the same "speed"..I refuse to be a Christian that asks to be delivered from my own prayer requests.. "God bring revival to NYC"!! And then when he does, resent what I used to rejoice about.. No way.. Last night, hundreds of people couldn't get into our first service. So they waited two hours to be a part of the "second" one..who knows, perhaps someday soon we will have our own building. But I will never forget THESE DAYS. I'm thankful for the amazing people in our church. I'll tell you that! When comfort calls? They hang up the phone.. May that be said of all of us! Special thanks to our staff of 18 PEOPLE, that do more and carry more and graciously accept the love and complaints of people who will never know just what this road is like! You are the greatest. #occupyallstreets

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这位前卫的牧师经常坦承,相比于其他教会,他的教会不是有代表性的礼拜堂,因为他们的目标是更加包容。

“在教会里,人们对待你的方式好像你需要有所改变等等,”伦茨2014年在一次访谈中告诉《纽约每日新闻》( NY Daily News),“我们的方式是,我们只是爱你,别的什么都没有。”

纽约新颂教会隶属于澳大利亚新颂教会(布赖恩和妻子博比·休斯顿于1983年创建),在纽约吸引了众多顶级名流。仅举几例,如贾斯汀·比伯、俄克拉荷马雷霆队球星凯文·杜兰特(Kevin Durant) 和凡妮莎·哈金斯(Vanessa Hudgens)都参加过这间受欢迎的教会。

教会的礼拜通常在一个音乐厅或大俱乐部等非传统场地举行。虽然闪烁的灯光和摇摆的音乐可能会散发出纽约夜生活的氛围,但伦茨说,他的主要目标始终是把基督带回纽约市。

“纽约是一座空洞的城市,绝对空洞的地方,”伦茨维说。 “而我们所拥有的是深刻的、重要的。”

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