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Next Level Church, Saco, Maine

May 15 2016

For several years, we have had a young friend who has told us about her church, Next Level Church .  She described it as a church with eight locations all movie theaters.  The sermon is simulcast from them"home base" in Andover, Massachusetts.  This morning we had a show at their Saco, Maine location, and it is unlike any church we have ever seen.

our shows were before and after the actual service, because I mentioned the sermons are simulcast onto the movie screen.  We did our shows in the foyer of the Saco Cinemagic.  Between our gigs we went to the service in the theatre.  While there was live worship music, the sermon was on the silver screen.  yet there is an area pastor, who was our initial contact person, who is available for face to face ministry after the service and throughout the week for those in the Saco area.

This was so foreign to our church experience, and we've experienced more styles of church than most.  I must say, the movie theatre seating had it all over the typical New England Puritan style wooden pews.  But the fact that we were watching a movie just didn't feel like church.

that said, we were surprised by the number of young families present.  An ongoing challenge for most Maine churches is how to reach out to the next generation, and this format seems to be working. Also, as Sue, Rose and I discussed it on the way home, we realized it is probably much more cost effective to rent theaters on Sunday mornings than to build a new church building.  And providing a local pastor still allows for personal ministry, and local events that are ever so important to the life of a church.  Pastor Matt has already spoken to us about coming back for some of these events, as well as sharing our information with the other seven location pastors.  We'll be there any time any one of those churches want to book us.

but I still prefer a church building with a live preacher.

 

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The presentation was fun and encouraging... The gospel message was clear and encouraging. I purchased your book and just finished it. Your scope is broad and again encouraging. May God continue to bless your ministry. I will encourage others to read your book. -Parishioner of a local church

"Hey, I just wanted to say that was a great message in chapel today! It touched something:) thanks for doing it!" -High School Student  

"We are so grateful that you brought your amazing ministry back to our church this year... The Gospel message you bring applies to all!  It is such a positive, valuable work that you do."  -Coordinator of Christian Ed. UCC Church

"There's no questioning it. This is powerful stuff. It's extremely touching at times, never less than entertaining, and I see a lot of sincere love for Jesus in you guys."  -Dwight Lilies, song writer

The Lord has given you a wonderful window through which to present the Gospel!   - Field Director of Alliance Missions to Paraguay

"What a wonderful ministry to both children and adults.  In past years it has been a struggle to arrange programing that would hold the attention of all ages, but also challenge each heart with God's gift of Salvation.  Thank you for sharing your ministry."  -Sunday School Sup't.

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