As I’ve grown into a church as an adult I’ve started seeing a trend in churches and the running of churches that bothers me a little. Some churches focus more on the business dealings of the building and staff and scrutinizing the money being spent. But, they never even address the actual purpose of the church.
So, how can we attract people to Christ if we focus on business and legalistic issues? How do we attract people and instill a desire to stay and learn from us and with us if there’s no heart and fire for Christ in the church?
Have you ever met that grew to know Christ, and grew into a relationship with Him from a purely logical discussion? For me, personally, that answer is zero. I’ve seen logic influence decisions, but coming to know Christ is ultimately a heart thing.
Christ is love. His love forgives.
As it saying John 15:7, if we are abiding in Christ and allowing him to abide in us then whatever we ask for shall be done for us.
God makes miracles.
The church cannot hold a business meeting and simply plan out how they can add 250 new members over the next fiscal year. That’s not how this works. New members join churches because they become attracted to the vibe of a church. The heart and spirit of a church are evident in the way we greet and encourage guests. No guests should EVER feel the tension of a dispute within the church during a Sunday service. Yet, I’ve been made aware of this exact scenario. Who wants to join a church full of drama? No one.
The church that welcomes all members of a community and encourages them to each join as members and to know Christ is the church that attracts folks. The church that doesn’t discriminate by social or financial status. A church will never grow if they only want more of what they already have. Especially if what they have and are trying to grow is a congregation made up of middle to upper-middle class folks who have grown kids or are retired. That’s not going to grow a youth department, or much of anything else for that matter.
Churches don’t need tighter budgets and decreased wages for employees; they need praying congregations with bigger hearts.
So pray. Often.
Pray for your church, yourself, and the body of Christ to be something Christ would truly be proud of.
Do nothing out of selfishness. Rather, in humility value others above yourself.Philippians 2:3
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