IRVINE, Ky. (KT) – Newlywed Pastor Scott Rogers has learned a valuable marriage lesson: Listen to your wife.
For several weeks, Rogers didn’t have an invitation after a parking lot church service at Friendship Baptist Church in Irvine. His wife, Yvette, told him he needed to make it as much like church as possible by giving announcements, birthdays and have an invitation after the message.
When he did, there was some movement.
Two came forward for rededication and baptism and another came to be saved and be baptized.
It was a Hallelujah moment and maybe an "I-told-you-so" moment too.
“I’ve only been married seven months, so I’m learning,” Rogers said. “It was good advice.”
Rogers said the parking lot or drive-in services have been in place since May so the church is closed and that meant the baptistry is closed, too. But instead of waiting, Rogers took matters – and the baptism waters – into his own hands. He baptized one in the Jake’s Heavenly Highway Creek and two more in a deacon’s backyard swimming pool.
“I was glad to do it,” he said. “It fired me up and we had a good Sunday night crowd watching both weeks. Seeing those baptisms makes you hungry for more.”
He admitted the drive-in services makes it more difficult to have an invitation. One Sunday he had people get outside of their cars to do the invitation. They are listening to services on an FM transmitter and are also having services broadcast on Facebook, which Rogers said has been positive.
“It’s somewhat rare right now (as far as movement),” he said. “I think there’s not as much fellowship so you don’t have that confidence boost.”
Rogers said the services will continue to be broadcast on the FM transmitter and on Facebook (Friendship Baptist Irvine) but they hope to go back inside soon. He will also be having people upstairs and downstairs (where a big screen television will be) to be properly spread out.