Four Truths Every Church Must Face
I was working with a congregation recently and as I interacted with their leadership the following things became clear to me. Each was based on the hesitations I sensed from many in the group. As I encouraged them to do certain things in the renewal process members of the team would show facial signs of stress or make comments pushing back on the work. They were anxious about what needed to be done. They really wished they wouldn’t have to do it.
But the following four things are not just things they resisted. I have sensed various levels of resistance to these things or outright blind spots about them in many settings.
So here are four simple truths about your congregation’s future. They are 100% true in every setting, no matter how big or small you are now, and no matter hoe fragile or strong you may believe your congregation currently is.
Four Things about your future:
- The future of your church depends on your willingness to be neighbor
- You can only do evangelism with people who aren’t Christian (yes, some of these may already come to church!)
- The future of your church depends on people you haven’t yet met
- You will only meet those (future) people if you are willing to meet them
Over the next four weeks I will devote a post to each one of these in more detail and help you think through what it means to buy in to each one and begin to deal with it if you haven’t already. The goal? No congregation can ignore any of these and remain faithful or even viable long term. But engaging these things are always part of being vibrant and healthy for better being part of God’s amazing mission.