There has been something weighing on my mind recently when it comes to the work of the church. It has to do with growth. I’ve been on this kick lately about being more open to sharing the gospel with others. I’ve been slowly growing in this area. Very slowly (but hey, growth is growth, right?).
Before we even get into this, let me say one thing so you know what isn’t my intent. I am not saying that if your church hasn’t grown in numbers that you are wrong.
But here’s the deal: we should be striving to add numbers to our church. We should adapt to culture. We need to cater to what people need. Churches should have facebook, twitter, videos and/or audios of sermons available, etc. If we are going to reach the world, we should be more available to them.
I believe that each and every church should be working together to reach their community in whatever way possible. The bottom line is that if there is one person in your community that still doesn’t have a church home, your church isn’t big enough. We should ALWAYS be striving to be better at what we do. Better preaching. Better worship. Better greeters. Better at getting to know those who sit a few feet away in the minutes leading up to the start of the service.
Sure, most of you will agree with this post. We want to see our church grow. We want to see our influence in the community increase. We want to see more people in our church. Most of all, we desire to see more people come to Christ. But, please, let’s honestly evaluate our actions.
If we don’t introduce ourselves to those new people a few feet from us, will they come back the next week?
If we don’t invite that co-worker to church (you know, the one that God has laid on your heart), how can we expect God to begin working in them?
We typically want God to do all the work, don’t we? It hurts to think this way, but I just can’t get it out of my head. The church should be growing. We are supposed to be reaching the lost! We are supposed to be making disciples of the nations. In order to make disciples, we must first be disciples.
Now, don’t get me wrong, church is not all about numbers. There are other kinds of growth – discipleship and physical growth. The key is to not let your focus on physical growth keep you from investing in the people you already have coming. At the same time, do not let your satisfaction of a small church body keep you from striving to impact your entire community on a greater level. Both types of growth are crucial to the body of Christ.
This blog is really kind of incomplete. There is a lot more that could be said. I’ve just been thinking about this lately though. Our burden for the lost should be greater. Every Sunday that people stay home and don’t attend a church body, our hearts should break for them, shouldn’t they? Sadly, that’s not usually how we are. We are perfectly satisfied with keeping the freedom we have gained in Jesus Christ to ourselves.
So, after all this, I will leave you with this challenge (this is for myself, too). Invite somebody to church. Meet someone new when you get there. Share what God is doing in your life with people you encounter on a daily basis.
“All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s supper), and to prayer. . . all while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.”
Acts 2:42, 47
– Landen Crouch