Most Popular Message Series

I was recently informed of the (current) bestselling, most listened to series given at Mecklenburg Community Church (Meck), where I have the privilege of serving as Senior Pastor.

And Senior Communicator, I might add.

The person who provided me with this information, the director of our Grounds ministry (our bookstore/cafes at each campus), asked if I might consider writing about why I think they struck such a chord with listeners. I can honestly say such an idea never occurred to me for a blog, but the more I thought about it, the more I liked it.

For two reasons:

One, I thought it might serve others. I know I would want to know which series of various churches seemed to be the most popular. That would help inform my own thinking as I prepped future series at Meck. I would also want to listen to the series to hear what was being said, and how, so that I could learn from it all that I could.

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