I love holiday weekends. They give me a chance to spend some with my family, time that becomes more precious to me as I get older. It won’t be many years before my boys will be grown and on their own. My oldest just finished Middle School this week...YIKES! Our relationship will change over time, but I’ll still be their Dad. Tara and I are intentional about making the most of the time we have together now.
I think the same is true for churches. Ecclesiastes encourages us to see life in seasons. There was a time when the church you attended might have been the church you were born in and might be the only church you’ll ever attend. That era has gone for many of us. Some of us weren’t raised to believe in Jesus, God, or even faith. Many of us have moved across the country chasing relationships, job, and opportunity. I certainly have. This is a significant shift in our culture, and I believe has some impact on how we do church.
We must recognize that those who are present in our communities of faith will not be there forever but for a season. The question is not how can we get the most people on the boat. The better question is how can get the most people on the boat AND develop the people already on the boat.
The very heart beat of what I get to do everyday is talk to leaders about their passion of ministry to people and the challenges they are facing. In the midst of that tension lies the opportunity to see if our organization can help them overcome those obstacles. Sometimes we are a fit and sometimes we are not. But I didn’t sign on with CCB because I wanted to sell software. I signed up because I want to help leaders be more effective in their ministry. For us that means helping them better steward the PEOPLE God has entrusted to them. Software plays a role in that conversation but it is only part of the equation.
How we do church, otherwise known as our systems and processes, often determines how effective we reach more people and move them into deeper engagement. This is what our team cares most about. At the end of the day, it is the "how" that connects our "why" to the impact we hope to make on people as they move through those seasons of life.
We only have a season with those currently present in our church community. What steps are you taking today to ensure you’re making the most of those relationships?