What “causes” churches to grow is a different but related question. For the moment, I’m wondering about what else is true concurrently with church growth. Here’s a partial list that comes to mind. What would you add?
- When they are brand new, and the leadership is focused almost exclusively on reaching new people and inviting them to walk together in life transforming faith.
- When they become “the popular thing”
- When they have enough name or brand recognition that people are drawn there
- When the participants are enthusiastic and motivated to invite neighbors and friends
- When the participants have a desire and motivation to see people come to renewing faith in Jesus
- When there is a major crisis in the community or world and people “need” church
- When God’s Holy Spirit does something in a community, a church, or its leaders.
- When they are responding to people’s felt needs. This is initially neutral. Could be need for divorce or grief recovery. Could be need for entertainment and distraction and confirming my biases and prejudices. Either way, it works, at least initially.
- When they engage people in ways that help them find deep meaning, purpose and healing.
- When they are able to engage newcomers into relationship (individually AND in groups) that help them experience hospitality, friendship, service and spiritual growth.
Come away and rest awhile.
Be renewed in Body, Mind and Spirit.
Lent and Easter are a busy time in the life of a congregation, and most especially for clergy and other ministry leaders. Now that your planning is done (or nearly so) take a day for yourself. Get some rest. Visit with colleagues. Pray.
You are encouraged to come and stay for the entire day, but you are certainly free to come or as much or little as you are able. See the schedule below.
This day is being offered as a gift to you, so that you might be more ready to serve those Christ has given you to accompany into this coming season.
Please RSVP so that we can plan accordingly.
214-526-7291 or info@iVitalMinistry.org
- 8:30am – Building opens – coffee and conversation
- 9am – Gather for introductions and morning prayer
- 10 am – Tai Chi, or individual / group prayer and conversation
- 11am – Sharing our hopes for the Lenten Journey
- Noon – Lunch
- 1pm – Silent meditation or small group discussion
- 2:30 – Prayer Exercises
- 3:30 – Closing
Lunch and snacks will be provided during the day.
You are encouraged to bring friends and colleagues, from your own congregation or other settings.
Posted in formation, renewal
Tagged associate minister, clergy, communion, congregation, lent, minister, music director, pastor, prayer, renewal, rest, retreat, spiritual direction, spiritual formation