Sunday, January 20, 2013

Does Size Matter?

Ok. I know. Get your mind out of the gutter. What I want to talk about does size of the congregations you attend matter? Is size or numbers what we are after? I personally have seen churches that were large suffer because they were large and churches that were small suffer because they were small. I have seen churches that were large flourish and churches that were small flourish as well. I personally think it is the way we view growth. Many people look at a congregation as healthy if they are growing and are large. I personally think this not not the case. It is not about numbers. Yes, we need to convert. We need to reach the lost. But growth. Really growth and health isn't about numbers it is about spirituality. It is about the key doctrines. Is your church practicing, rooted, grounded in: Faith, Hope, Love. Is your congregation growing spiritually? Are your leaders providing opportunities for spiritual growth? Congregations that are too large can be a hindrance to spiritual growth. A church can become too big and people can become lost. In some churches talents not used. People can become forgotten and neglected. Small churches have a habit of hindering people by holding on to traditions that make no sense and close friends can become too comfortable and exclude outsiders. We need to understand that churches across the country and world vary in size. I, again, personally believe that our focus as The Church shouldn't be on growth of the size of the churches, but spiritual growth: Are needs being met, are talents and gifts being used, are people practicing their faith outside of The Church? What do you think? Share your thoughts.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Does you congregation use the talents that they have?

I have been in many different churches across the country and have found that many churches will neglect, forget, or overlook the talent that they have from within. In ministry I have experienced this. I have been in congregations that don't look at the gift and talents that the members have that can utilized and used. Why? Do we focus on spiritual gifts? Talents that Jesus has given? How can congregations encourage gifts? Should they? Will they? Does yours?How? How can we better encourage and use the gifts from within? I have even seen Churches waste money to ignore talents and gifts from within congregations? How would Jesus view this? How would Paul view this? What do you think? Share your thoughts.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

It would be so empty without me..............

I have had many people message, email, visit with me about how much my blog has helped them and allowed them to feel okay to question. I have had many mention that they love the questions, controversy, and stirring up the issues or thoughts that people have but are afraid to bring up. I am honored by all my readers, followers, supporter, and encourages. So with much thought.... I'm back. Things to look forward to in the future? Questions. Questions. More Questions. Also be ready in 2013 to get a glimpse on my thoughts on various issues on numerous topics. What do you think? Share your thoughts.