One thing I know for certain. Most of us started in ministry because of your love for Jesus and wanting to make a difference in peoples lives. Unfortunately the constant damage that happens to good people like yourself and the people you serve when a church door closes cannot be ignored. We must change the way we are doing things. I don’t think we have a choice. A 95% failure rate tells us this. So does the rising cost of fuel, buildings, staff and maintenance costs.
Let me lay some foundational questions. Be honest with these.
1. Who is your church for?
2. Are finances what you think and talk about most of the time, especially at Elders or staff meetings?
3. Do you put up with consumer Church attenders because they help pay the bills?
4. Can you personally accomplish Gods calling successfully without a paycheck and church building?
5. Will the people you have served, thrive and affect change in the community even if you close your doors and no church was available to them. (This may be the most important question at the end of the day)
6. If there were no Church buildings, would the Church be stronger or weaker?
The coming posts will begin to lay out a strategic way of thinking that is practical, scary and thought provoking. It can ultimately can lead to freedom for the church to be what it was meant to be.