Inasmuch Revival Produces 125% Participation
What’s an Inasmuch Revival? It is an effective, intensive way of motivating church folk to be the hands and feet of Jesus in their community. In September, Colosse Baptist Church, West Point, VA, conducted their first Inasmuch Day. They had 125% of their average Sunday attendance involved!! They attribute much of that extraordinary success to what they call an Inasmuch Revival—a series of church renewal services the week of their Inasmuch Day. Phil Peacock, pastor of Broadus Memorial Baptist Church nearby, preached the revival. Broadus had conducted their first Inasmuch Day in 2012 and Peacock often referenced his church’s experience with Inasmuch as he preached in Colosse. Steve Smith, Pastor at Colosse says: “The revival really helped prepare our congregation to participate in Operation Inasmuch.”
David Crocker, Executive Director of the national Inasmuch Ministry says: “What’s interesting about Colosse’s experience is that this is precisely the way Inasmuch happened initially in 1995! Snyder Memorial Baptist Church, Fayetteville, pioneered Operation Inasmuch at the conclusion of a series of renewal services. We found it to be enormously effective in motivating folks to get involved and apparently Colosse in Virginia has made the same discovery.”
Although Colosse Baptist is located in a rural area and they are not a large church by any measurement, they achieved 125% participation as folk who rarely attend worship and college students came home that weekend to participate. Holding the revival services with compassion ministry as the focus Sunday through Wednesday prior to their Inasmuch Day on Saturday clearly enhanced their overall experience.
Mark Townsend, Colosse’s Inasmuch Coordinator says the church conducted 24 projects in their Inasmuch Day—food collection for food pantries, sewing pillowcases for a nearby hospital, assisting customers at a local Laundromat, clothing and money giveaways at a local gas station, visiting a juvenile detention center, and many others. He adds that one of the keys to their success is the training they received from the Inasmuch ministry several months earlier. Also, they purchased the Inasmuch Day Training Kit which provided lots of useful resources and instructions as they prepared for their event.
Townsend smiles when he tells about Colosse’s celebration. He says in his church folk sometimes complain when Sunday worship runs past Noon. But on the Sunday following Inasmuch, the pastor asked people to share from their experiences with Inasmuch the day before. THAT day worship ran until 1:00 “and no one complained!” says Townsend.
“Our people are already talking about our Inasmuch for next year,” says Townsend. “Inasmuch has helped us see some of the needs in our community AND our ability to meet those needs. We are a different church today because of Inasmuch.”