Church of Christ congregation OKs musical instruments
Want to "reach more people who need Christ"
Feb 06, 2007
The nation’s largest a cappella congregation within the Churches of Christ has decided to add a worship assembly on Saturday evenings that will make use of musical instruments. Statements on the Web site of Richland Hills Church of Christ in the Fort Worth, Texas, area said the decision came after a lengthy period of fasting and prayer.
“After a three-year period of much study, prayer and fasting, the leadership of the Richland Hills Church of Christ has decided to add a third weekend assembly that will include instrumental praise,” reads a statement on a Web page titled “The Both/And Church.” An additional statement from elders of the church said the period of reflection inspired them to “become a more externally focused church.”
The congregation, located in North Richland Hills, Texas, is the largest of the 13,000 a cappella churches in the Churches of Christ, reported the Christian Chronicle, a denominational newspaper.
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