Having never been to church before, Scott was less than enthusiastic when friends invited him and his wife to attend a service at Victory.
“To be honest, I didn’t want to go,” he says. “I’ve always believed in God, but I never liked the hierarchy of church or religion.”
Scott’s wife persisted. It was ultimately the promise of not having to return to Victory if he didn’t like it (and having a Starbucks once he got there) that finally persuaded Scott to attend.
Driving to church that first Sunday, Scott says he was skeptical, but his skepticism was quickly replaced with pleasant surprise.
“There was a team of people welcoming us. I was like, ‘Why are they so happy? And why are they welcoming me? I don’t belong here; you shouldn’t be welcoming me.’”
After checking their children into the MyVictory kids program, Scott and his wife got their complementary Starbucks and made their way into the auditorium for the service.
“The music just hits you. It’s this whole unexpected event,” Scott recalls. “Pastor Ralph started talking about breathing room in your relationship. He took this 2000-year-old text from the Bible and applied it in principles that are actionable in my life.”
When they left that first Sunday, Scott says his wife, who grew up going to church, said the service wasn’t what she was expecting. “I looked at my wife and said, ‘If that’s church, then I’m in!’”
In just a few short months, Scott and his wife have made Victory their home church and are eager to help others have the same experience they’ve had. They’ve already started contributing and Scott has started serving. And their son can’t see Deb in the children’s program without giving her a high-five.
“My wife made me go that first Sunday, and I make sure we go back every week,” says Scott. “MyVictory starts every Sunday. It’s church for people like me.”
“I’ve always believed in God, but I never liked the hierarchy of church or religion.”
“I looked at my wife and said, ‘If that’s church, then I’m in!’”