What does it mean for a church to be truly welcoming? Nearly all of us have stood up on Sunday mornings and shook hands with the person sitting next to us, but this is largely a formality. Let’s be honest, the hospitality of God compels us to go further than a few polite words exchanged once a week. In fact, churches were designed by God to act as centers of welcome, support, and spiritual formation throughout every culture across the world. With so many Christians struggling to reach others in this politically charged climate, what can pastors do to ensure a positive reception for new members?
1 Timothy 1:16 “But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.”
I’ve been there – when the anguish of life is so heavy that you can’t even speak . . . even to God. Yet, not praying hardly seems to be the right thing to do in those times. So, here are some things to do when you’re struggling so much that you can’t even pray:
The act of preaching the gospel and the Scriptures is of massive importance. The gospel is the power of God to save. God takes imperfect individuals, who themselves were saved by this message of grace, and uses us to bring others into the Kingdom. Preaching is a powerful means of grace to reach the lost and disciple the saved. Charles Spurgeon said of preaching,
In a post-Christian, post-modern, post-everything society, God’s people are called to operate from courage, not fear. And when we live courageously, putting our hope in the reality of who God is and what God has already accomplished, it changes everything. We’re freed up to be the people of God living out the mission of God despite what new challenges come our way.
We’re looking for better methods, machinery, and motivations, which are all okay, but God is looking for people to use. He is looking for leaders.
And for God to use the leaders, they must be men and women of God.
When you go to the doctor for a check-up, they take your vitals. Blood pressure, weight, pulse—all of these are indicators of health. If something is wrong or there is an illness lurking, these and other tests may point to the problem. The doctor may then prescribe a way to address the problem so that you can plan on a speedy recovery.
Six Things You Must Give Your Congregation to Have a Successful Revitalization – Revitalize & Replant #033
As the leader of a church’s revitalization, you have to be able to provide certain things to the people and the community. Today, we cover six key components.
Get a global vision for the cause of Christ and pour yourself out for the unreached. Get a global vision. Far too many Christians are trying to fight for joy within the tiny little sphere of their family or the tiny little sphere of their 14,000-member church. I mean that with no irony.
Small churches can have a big impact.
Especially today, with the power of social media and other new ways of communicating.