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Wadley pastor sees church attendance more than triple with promise of haircutcomment (0)

August 28, 2008

Most haircuts wouldn’t bring in an audience of more than 100 people, but when the pastor of Union Baptist Church, Wadley, got his head shaved July 20, the crowd kept growing larger and larger.

It was Pastor Noel Vickers own fault.

“I told them that if we got 50, that I would let them shave my head,” he said of increasing the Carey Baptist Association church’s average Sunday attendance from about 30 to 50 people.

So the church set out on a mission. Each Sunday, church members waited anxiously to hear the final attendance numbers. About five Sundays went by with not a strand of hair hitting the floor.

Then the goal of 50 faces in the crowd was not only accomplished but smashed with more than 100 people attending a revival service July 20.

Vickers was going to get that shave. That night, member after member lined up to get a piece of the action, taking turns with the clippers.

“A lot of people said that I didn’t have the nerve to do it,” Vickers said.

But he did.

And Vickers said he is glad he chose to do it.

“There is nothing greater than seeing your congregation plan something and achieve it,” Vickers said. “This world we live in takes things so seriously. We get caught up in the troubles of the world and forget Christ, forget what is really important.”

He said his haircut got his church thinking about not sweating the small stuff and realizing what is important in life — Christ. Vickers thinks the experience also taught church members about working together.

“I think it taught them that we can laugh at each other and that we can work together for one goal and that there are benefits in that,” he said.

Two men came to Vickers and told him that seeing God work in the congregation during this time had impacted them.

Both men wanted “a fresh start with God,” said Vickers, who wouldn’t be against doing something like this again.

“If God gives me something to do, I will do it,” Vickers said, adding he couldn’t think of much that would top shaving his head. “Unless I can get my wife to cut her hair.” (TAB)

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