Category: Church Planting
Almost every church will see seasons of growth and decline.
But how do you get a church that seems to be coming to a stop to regain some forward momentum?
Here are a few points I have found helpful…
You must see all the components that cause or have contributed to the slow down. This process of perception is vital. It will take some time, but you have to ask and record the answers to some hard questions.
-Inside trends? (Music, giving, ages, preaching, kids etc,)
-Outside trends? (Community, economic, culture change)
My wife loves to put together jigsaw puzzles. I’m not patient enough to always help, but I do try as much as I can stand it. A couple of Sundays we were on the back porch and I was watching Georgie put a puzzle together.
Here are 3 lessons the church can learn:
I love simple effective strategies. And the strategy Jesus used to multiply leaders before email, texts, IPads and even printed books was incredibly effective! He did it ole school… #1 Educate (Face to Face) Jesus often took the disciples away to solitary places and taught them the mysteries of the Kingdom. We have to give
…those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word…Philip went to Samaria and preached Christ …And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did… And there was great joy in that city. Acts 8.4-8 NKJ (Shortened by author)
I’ve been thinking on this passage for a couple of days, and the more I read it, the more I see.
My faith is being challenged and vision is being expanded.
Are you willing to believe God, by actually beginning to act in faith on these three components of Kingdom domination displayed by the first church in the book of Acts?
“The poor will be with you always” Jesus said, but I’m sure He could have added, the stupid vision killers will pursue you always…
As much as we would love to send to some of these to Gitmo for vision espionage, we simply don’t have that authority…sadly. But, if we give their voice weight, they will keep looking for opportunities to complain.
Naysayers and complainers don’t have a desire to help ini what they say, they are looking for a platform that will hear them and respond. It makes them feel empowered.