Ardent Church of The Nazarene
Honestly, it took me a while to figure out where I was, as sat in the second row, at Ardent's evening worship service. I had fallen asleep on the way there, and practically woke up as I sat in the service. This was the fourth church that I had been to that day, and I turned to my neighbor sitting next to me and asked "What's the name of this Church? Where are we?"
Ardent is held in the largest room of a dance academy, however, you would have a hard time noticing that. They have a person who is specifically involved in the "sacred-space" and he does a good job of transforming the bare walls and empty floors into a reverent place of worship. The pastor got up and spoke a regular style sermon, which was better than most I had heard that day. During the service, you were given the opportunity to get up an walk around to several "prayer-stations" if you wanted to. Now, this gets said all the time, but for some reason, I felt very comfortable here at Ardent, and so I went ahead. And I very much appreciated it. Afterwards, I had a chance to sit down with the staff and talk about their purpose and ministry. I was amazed at the team in front of me; it was a very eclectic group of people, that nevertheless were so passionate about their Church, and I mean that literally, they were so passionate about Ardent, and what was happening. The music and sermon seemed to take a step back in the way they talked, and things like acting in Love, and connecting with people took a higher priority. However, I felt awfully uneasy as I looked at this church. A majority of new church plants (like this one) fail in their first year, and as I looked at this team & their church, I just sat there hoping that everything goes well.
All in all, the Church represents it's name well. Ardent is a church of passion. It can be felt in everything from the friendliness of the congregation, to the message of the pastor. Even the coffee table in the back had a sense of enthusiastic passion to it; and the most important thing - the passion of Ardent is rather contagious.