Today marks the end of the second week of my sabbatical leave. I am pleased with how things are going. I am ahead of schedule in my reading and am getting some helpful responses to my enquiries about growing churches. Next week I hope to sift the data coming back and start to arrange some visits.
In my sabbatical reading so far I have come across a number of very helpful and pertinent passages. Some relate to me and my faith, some relate to me as a church leader and some relate to our church. One of my tasks is to sift these prayerfully and try to discern which are more relevant at this time than others. I have decided to post some of the things I have discovered so far here and offer you the opportunity to comment on them too:
I am too busy if I lack time or space to be with God, or I justify not doing so by reference to all the things I have to do for him.
God intends churches to grow. But numerical growth is more than just attendance at Sunday Services – it’s about making disciples.
If God intends churches to grow we should be asking what we are doing that is hindering that growth.
Leadership is about influence, not position. If nobody is following you you are not a leader.
“Churches with money problems often actually have a vision problem.” (Rick Warren)
Goodness is more contagious than evil.
Laughter is more infectious than grumpiness.
Open-ended communication (perhaps through creative arts) can leave space for God to speak creatively.
What do you think?
Be blessed, be a blessing.
A little girl pointed to the dusty Bible on the shelf.
“Whose book is that?” she asked her mother.
Her mother quite startled by her daughters question replied, “Why honey, don’t you know? That is God’s book!”
The child demonstrating that she had a very practical turn to her mind said, “Don’t you think that we had better give it back to him? No one around here ever reads it.”