When life gives a challenge, sometimes it's best to get on top of it.

For Lynnville United Methodist Church, Pastor Josh Sanders gave a challenge to his congregation and he ended up on the roof.

Sanders encouraged his congregation ahead of their 'bring a friend' week that if their attendance topped 115, he'd preach from the roof of the church. Low and behold, 118 people attended the service on Sept. 24 and Sanders followed through with his promise.

The church members set up chairs in the parking lot, and some even brought their own camp chairs. The children had their lessons on blankets and the sounds of their worship echoed through the streets of Lynnville.

Sanders told his congregation Sunday it's good to get outside of the four walls of the church building.

By bringing the service outside, he said the church members could be reminded that they are what makes up a church, not the building itself.

"You are the church," he said.

Sanders said that's what being a part of the body of Christ is all about.

He said Lynnville United Methodist is focused on reaching out to the community.

"Our mission is to go out and make disciples," he said. "It's not easy to do that inside a church building. We need to shine our light in our community for Christ. We don't want to be a church that's about our church, but about our community."

Sanders said when he was appointed to serve at Lynnville United Methodist, he wasn't appointed to the church, but to the community. He said the church is also involved in other outreach in the community including school supply give aways and a lunch program for kids in the summer. In addition, the church is hosting a craft bazaar fundraiser on Nov. 3.

Sanders also serves as a pastor at Spurgeon United Methodist Church.

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