Perry Noble gives great insight into questions each church must wrestle with; check it out.
I usually don’t link to what Perry writes since he is popular enough that he is getting plenty of blog traffic. However, this is a good article. My church and others need to read through this article and reason through it in our minds and with others.
All Christian churches, who follow Jesus Christ, are called to preach the biblical Jesus. This is not just my job as the pastor. God expects every member to take part in preaching Jesus to everybody around us.
A friend of mine told me that a member at his church said that there should be a program to increase the attendance at their church. We agreed that lifting Jesus Christ up is the program that will accomplish the attendance problem.
I think the reason it is so difficult for churches to grow is because the Bible makes it so simple. We are salt of the earth, we are in the royal priesthood, and we are to lift Jesus up and He will draw all men (people) to Himself. These are the answers.
I guess we (church) all need to hire a church consultant to tell us this. Instead, those who get frustrated with the church are generally not following the advice of lifting Jesus up as individuals who are part of a local Body of Christ. Here is a list of my favorite reasons why people get discouraged that I have come across after 11 years of ministry in Indiana and in South Carolina:
- The music is out dated
- There is nothing for the teens
- There is nothing for the kids
- There is nothing for young people (18-45)
- The building is out dated
- We don’t like the pews
- We don’t like the stage
- I don’t feel the Spirit
- I don’t get anything out the messages
- I don’t feel welcomed
Here are some answers, in order, to those remarks:
- Actually, there are many young people who expect traditional music. Besides, our hearts should simply be prepared to worship the Lord.
- Is God calling you to service for teens? May be that is why it is important to you.
- Is God calling you to service for kids? Ditto.
- Are you wanting to serve, or be served?
- God will give us what we need as we grow. The buildings that He is concerned about are humans.
- How did the Apostles build a church with people who sat on the ground, or stood for a couple of hours? The blessed people sat on rocks I guess.
- So the stage is going to keep you from coming?
- Are you focused upon yourself instead of Jesus Christ?
- Are the messages not affirming your desire to be your own king?
- Are you trying to blend in.
These are the questions that churches are spending too much time answering. We need to answer the questions that Perry asked. Don’t you agree?