- Don't be afraid to be wrong. Be afraid when you are wrong and can't admit it.
- Believe in two things; God and your church family.
- Grasp the truth that your cross is a daily matter and the headlines over it are "REJECTION!!!".
- Admit that much of our doctrine has left us believing we are the only ones doing church right.
- The latter will necessarily call for humility in reaching a point we--as a church--don't know what to do next in order to prove to us we "also" didn't know how to do church right.
- (Do you mean we can have more than five steps to something? Is there really a sixth and beyond?)
- Learn to rejoice in the very center of struggle. Until you do, the prison doors will not fall open.
- Replace your organizational confidence with Holy Spirit dependence.
- Realize you are the very least in your congregation....and don't be bummed by it.
- Be sure that you believe God can create something from nothing and give life to the dead.
- Build a Kingdom Kontagion by speaking openly about the good things you see in your shepherds, your ministers, your congregation....and above all...YOUR GOD.
- Put in perspective that you are about many little specks of work; it is God who is about the Mountain Moves!
- Keep it in front of you; you are the least of all your friends, all your co-leaders....truly.
- With God, nothing is hopeless nor impossible. Lean with confidence upon His nature!
- Regardless of visual discouragement, dare to believe God can resurrect hope in the center of all cemeterial (feels like death) ministry.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
THE SHEER HOPE DURING CEMETERIAL MINISTRY
Understand this up front; I do not regard myself as a church growth expert. I am one who has both enjoyed and endured the church experience. Because of this, possibly some stages I have encountered might be valuable to those of you who find yourself in a leadership capacity. Wish me luck!