You and Your Church

The church is the hope of the world. According to Jesus, who said He came to establish the church, it was intended to be something so filled with energy that not even hell itself could withstand its onslaught.

The idea is that we are the light of the world, and as that light is brought together through the church it gains intensity the way focused light becomes a laser beam.

So what’s wrong?

Most churches are anything but energy-filled. Hell seems to not only be standing its ground, but gaining territory.

Let’s bracket off all the things churches are doing wrong today.

Let’s put aside the scandals, the splits and the outdated strategies.

Let’s not worry for a moment about any disappointments you may have with leadership.

Let’s talk instead about what any individual person, in any particular church, can do to help their church reach its full redemptive potential. In other words, let’s go after the lowest-hanging, solution-oriented fruit.

Isn’t that what all of us will answer for at the end of our lives anyway? Not what others did, but what we did?

Here’s a baker’s dozen:

http://www.churchandculture.org/blog.asp?id=12584

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Whatever Happened to Church Discipline?

From what I “gather,” church discipline has largely dropped away from non-fundamentalist American evangelical Protestant church life. Read more
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~ Roger E. Olson

Why Church Members Are Attending Less Frequently – video

https://thomrainer.com/2018/05/church-members-attending-less-frequently/

Three Types of People Who Hinder the Church

https://churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/325305-three-types-of-people-who-hinder-the-church-josh-buice.html

How Relational Is Your Church?

Key Questions for Thom Rainer:

– Why don’t pastors realize how unwelcoming their churches are?
– What are some of the most common reasons why guests don’t return to a church?
– What do guests like to see when they visit a church?
– Can a church be too friendly?

https://churchleaders.com/podcast/325070-thom-rainer-how-relational-is-your-church.html

Podcast – “Bringing God Glorification through Saintly Unification (Part 1)” (Acts 15:1-35)

https://bellatorchristi.com/2018/05/10/podcast-5-10-18-message-bringing-god-glorification-through-saintly-unification-part-1-acts-151-35/

Hospitality: A Simple—and Powerful—Means to Share the Good News

https://churchleaders.com/pastors/videos-for-pastors/258569-hospitality-simple-powerful-mean-share-good-news.html