With a new year comes new goals. Whether it’s losing an extra 10 pounds, eating healthier, saving more money, spending more time with family and friends, etc., everyone’s got them.
In 2019, my goal was to find a new home church for Joe and myself. In all honesty, I have been trying to find a home church since I graduated high school in 2013, but that’s a story for a different time.
Throughout my life, I have attended various local Protestant, Catholic and evangelical churches. What did these all have in common besides the belief that Jesus is the one true Savior? I felt unreached with their preaching. Everyone has their own way of being reached when it comes to hearing, learning and living God’s word. While all of these churches are great and I’m not “dissing” them, their way just wasn’t my way, and that’s okay.
Growing up Catholic, I attended summer youth conferences that included conversations about Jesus and worship services that felt like a concert. I was reached. I was touched. I was moved. I wanted to find that in a church now that I was older and in a healthy relationship with the man who will one day be my husband.
It took Joe and I literally all of 2019 to find a home church, but when we did, let me tell you, we hit the nail right on the head. Bad metaphor?
It’s not a local church in Atascosa County like we hoped, but it’s a church that best suits us. Pearl Street Church in San Antonio leads people to Jesus and in their walk with God in a way that reaches a whole different generation of people. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you’re wearing, where you’re from or your background…if you want to learn about and grow with Jesus, you’re welcomed as you are right off the streets. Not only that, but Pastor Brent Caddell doesn’t just preach at you, but has a conversation with you about Jesus, and that’s what I love most.
My point? I reached my 2019 goal of finding a home church fit for Joe and myself. My goal for 2020 is to become a better disciple of Jesus by bringing unchurched people to Jesus with a challenge. Go to church, any church, and praise the Lord. That’s a saying I see every Sunday morning on one of my Facebook friend’s page and I’m preaching it now, too! Whether you’re a regular church goer, a skeptic about attending church for the first time or someone who just wants to try out a different church, I challenge you to take that leap of faith and go. I’m here with an open heart and listening ears if you need a friend to push you, because as Christians, that’s what we do, we push each other in our walk with God.
REBECCA PESQUEDA is the News Editor of the Pleasanton Express. You may reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.