June 13th News

June 11, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Last week we took a break from the Book of Mark to look at a pretty important question together: How is the church going?grace2flogo-300x150

I hear that question a lot because I’m a pastor– so that’s a natural thing to ask. But I wanted to ask you that question… because how you answer it is very important.

I hope you’ve had some time to think about it. Last week I presented 4 of the top things that most people would use to arrive at the answer…

1) How many people are coming?

2) Is a lot of stuff happenening? (Ministries, programs, activities)

3) Are the people happy?

4) Is it financially stable?

Although these seem like logical criteria to use, we discovered that they are not really Biblical. In fact, it appears that the Bible often rejects these for evaluating the effectiveness or success of a church/ministry.

This week we will continue the discussion by looking more deeply at “Are people happy?” and “Is it financially stable?”.

As I mentioned, you can engage in this conversation by e-mailing me, commenting below, or writing a question and putting it in the offering basket. My goal is to communicate what God is telling me about these issues and then to process what he may be telling you.

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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Hilltop Community church has invited anyone interested to join them for a day at the beach for a church picnic. Bring games, sunscreen, any food you want, a towel and a smile. There may even be a surf board or two to try out.

When: June 27, 2:00pm–6:00pm

Where: 78th Steet beach access.

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One Response to “June 13th News”
  1. Rick Knapp says:

    Another way I have heard #1 (how many ppl are coming) put by church leaders is “how many conversions have you had this past year” or “how many baptisms have you had this past month”. This seems to suggest that we (the church) are ultimately responsible for an action which solely belongs to God. This question could also mean “how big is your church (building)?”

    #3 Are the people happy sometimes means “are they entertained enough to keep coming back?” This could tie into # of programs or # and quality of entertaining music, children’s, youth, men’s or womens ministries.
    I have also heard it asked as “are their needs being met?” This sounds a lot better but is subject to interpretation. One interpretation would say it means “are the people getting their warm fuzzies each week?” or “are they getting rubbed the right way?” Another interpretation might say “are the genuine needs of people being met by God through His actions via the community or encouraged by the community of believers to which they belong?” I like this one a lot, but I like the question better that asks “do the people really love each other and is that love emanating from the love that they experience and are receiving from Christ?”

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