Barry County residents now have a new worship opportunity. The Point Church began meeting at a home on Highway 76/86 south of Cassville in January.
"Our members were driving to Piney Point Church, which is around an hour and a half drive," said Dallas LaCaze, Point Church pastor, who is from Pea Ridge, Ark. "We decided it was a good time to start a church here in Cassville."
Currently, the Point Church congregation includes around eight members, who meet for worship services and fellowship at 6:30 p.m. each Sunday.
The Point Church, in partnership with Piney Point Church and in fellowship with the Northwest Arkansas Southern Baptist Association, also hosted at outdoor revival at the American Legion outdoor pavilion in Cassville last week.
"We work to reach the men of the family," said LaCaze. "Everybody looks to the men to make the decisions, and we feel if we can reach out to him and get him involved, we can reach the family. You might see a woman at church by herself, but you rarely see a man at church by himself."
LaCaze said that the Piney Point Church and the Point Church in Cassville will specialize in building smaller congregations to serve specific communities. For instance, church members are working to start a church for special needs families located in the Bella Vista, Ark., area.
"The revival is not being held to attract men to our church," said LaCaze. "It is being held to point people to Jesus. If they want to come to our church, that is great. If they don't want to, so be it."
The revival, which was designed in a tag team preaching format, also gave young men from Piney Point Church an opportunity to preach to members of their church and visitors.
The young men, who LaCaze and Piney Point Pastor Chuck Sackman call "preacher boys in training" were each allowed between three and four minutes to share a message with those attending the worship services.
Each night, the outdoor revival drew a crowd of around 80 individuals, many who were from the Piney Point Church.
"I hope that people see that our church is not looking for their money or for something from them but to give something to them," said LaCaze. "I want to be a servant leader. I don't want to be a dictator leader. I want to be a practice-what-I-preach guy."
Individuals who led services at the outdoor revival included: LaCaze, Justin White, John Ketrinb, Jacob Holt, DJ Hoover, Scott Walker, Jaime Patcheck, Manuel Perez, Bobby Dean Shockley, Dustin Wilson, Mike Hresico, Billy Sackman, Steve Hoover and Chuck Sackman.