One of the speakers at the Wee Kirk Conference at Montreat this year was Reggie McNeal, a noted Church consultant who lives in Columbia, SC. Reggie spoke of the need for us to let our relationship with Christ make a difference in our lives and share the difference Christ makes in our lives with others.
Reggie related how the folks at one church he was working with began making a habit out of asking folks they met every day: “What can I pray for God to bless you with today?” or, if someone shared a problem they were having they might respond by saying “I’m going to pray for God to bless you”. This simple act of letting folks know they were being prayed for made a difference in the community. The church became known as “the blessing church”, and the members as “the blessing people”.
Reggie said that one time he was standing in line at the local Starbucks talking to another member of the church about God’s blessings and someone turned to him and asked: “Are you one of those blessing people?” The person then began to relate to him a deep need they had in the lives. Reggie prayed for them, and promised to continue to do so.
The church made a difference in the community because the people were “blessing people” – people who shared their relationship with Christ with others in ways that made a difference in their lives. As we live out our faith in Christ, we need to always ask ourselves:
“Am I one of those blessing people?”
“Do I do things that show Christ to others?”
Strive to use God’s blessings to you to bless others.
“We’ve got to grow!”
These 4 words are the “rallying cry” for many church members — and many pastors fall into the trap of adopting that mantra for themselves. They believe that ministry effectiveness is based on how many attend your services on Sunday morning.
“We’ve got to grow!”
I fall into the trap of believing that the effectiveness of my ministry depends on the growth of the church I serve from time to time myself. My Monday morning mantra from time to time is: “We’ve go to grow!”
The problem is that I am not sure that the number of folks in Church on Sunday is an accurate measure of the effectiveness of a Church’s — or a ministers — ministry. While this may sound like I am trying to justify the trend in many churches of losing instead of gaining members, I believe that God wants us to serve Him in the community instead of simply “packing the pews” to make our ministries look good or successful.
I believe that if members of a Church are doing what they can to reach folks in their community with the love of Christ, they are doing God’s will. Service to the community should be more important than Church growth. Service to others around them may bring folks into a Church — but it may not. Whether it does or doesn’t is not the question — the question is doing God’s work and focusing on being God’s people in that community” instead of just focusing on growth.
Instead of saying “We’ve got to grow!” maybe church members and minsters alike should be saying: “We’ve got to serve!” It seems to me that serving instead of growing is a more faithful focus for Churches and minsters.
All this came to mind this morning as I read the following article at the Ministry Today web site. You can read it here — great food for thought for a Monday morning!
Chris Walker at Evangelism Coach has a great post — “6 Ways To Mess Up A Good Conversation” on how to “mess up” a conversation with someone about Christ.
Here are the 6 ways:
1. Interrupt a person’s private thoughts (i.e. — barge in when someone is trying to just have some quiet time
2.Slightly agressinve body language
4. Pick a moment when your audience is trapped
5. Answer questions that are not being asked
6. Ignore body language that says “I’m not interested”.
These are indeed 6 ways to “turn people off” to Christ!
Any other ways anyone wants to add?
Read Chris’ article here.