Arlington Church is a Fellowhsip of Love, Forgiveness and Acceptance
The Arlington (Texas) Seventh-day Adventist Church exemplifies process evangelism, an approach that shares the gospel through on-going fellowship rather than occasional traditional evangelistic series. Its building clearly visible to all who travel between Dallas and Fort Worth on Interstate 20, is where this congregation of 1,650 members sponsors a variety of ministries, including lifestyle seminars such as family finances, divorce recovery, healthy living seminars and cooking classes. In the spring, a parenting seminar is offered. In the fall, the congregation hosts a "family fest" that is widely advertised. Charged a can of food for admission, participants enjoy a number of activities such as "moon" bounce for the children, health screening, and vegetarian food demonstrations. During the fun fest, radio station KLTY broadcasts live for two hours. Through the year, a number of small groups known as "home churches" meet weekly at various times. A Sabbath morning care team reaches out to guests to help them feel "at home at Arlington" by finding a Sabbath School class and other activities. On rainy Sabbaths, a parking lot ministry assists people who need help reaching the building from the packed parking lot. In an effort to make it easier for newcomers to find their way around the building, hallways and classrooms are named Faith, Mercy, Truth, Peace, Hope, Joy, etc. To keep members feeling connected, the church has several colorful post cards available around the building for members to send to others. The pastoral team handles a variety of assignments. Mike Tucker serves as senior pastor and speaker/director for Faith for Today. Gayle Tucker is the pastor for music, children, and women. Kevin Wells is the pastor for family ministries and youth while Ion Groza coordinates visitation and outreach. Greg Batla focuses on young adult and media (audio visual and streaming video) ministries. Ritchie Pruehs handles discipleship and counseling. Selma Conley, Arlene Tucker, and Karen Wassell staff the church office, while Gwen Neiman coordinates the community service program.
INNOVATIONewsletter, March 3, 2005 Center for Creative Ministry