The new church plant added 15 new members in less than 3 months. Regulars were attending the Wednesday night bible study, musicians were “paid” and performing every Sunday then….the Pastor quit.
What happens to a new church plant when a novice Pastor phones in his resignation to senior members of the church ? In our case, the new leader failed to personally contact his sponsor, inform the new congregants or even show up at the upcoming Sunday service. According to Pastor Terron Morris, over 350 pastors will quit each week and walk away from their church plants or seasoned ministries. Why? Pew Research offers several stats from surveyed “resigned pastors”.
“If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?” (Luke 11:11-13)
This month our non-profit will sponsor a donation based car wash to support our “End Homelessness” initiative. We were inspired by the basic need so many Americans in fact thousands of Americans are facing each day in one of the richest nations of the world. Have you ever passed a homeless woman, man or child on the street? Did they look tattered, dirty, hopeless and hungry?
As an investor in real estate, we are keenly aware of emerging markets that will impact housing, buyers choice, energy efficiency and various other residential/commercial topics. When one looks into the the world of Ecclesia some are cautious regarding movements that encourage traditional parishioners to consider an alternative place of worship. According to Wikipedia, members of the emerging church are walking away from denominations including but not limited to Catholic, Protestant and Evangelical.
How many times in your worship service did the speaker ask you to turn to your neighbor? A couple of Sunday’s ago I attended a service and the speaker asked us to tell our neighbor something over 50 times during a 30 minute presentation. Exhausting! What happened to the day when a person would attend church service without having to grab their neighbor by the hand, pray with them, prophecy with them or speak a word into their life.
We were eagles trapped in a nest. When the time was right and ordained by God, we begin to work on our new ministry. Five years into the ministry our growing church was hit with the recession, job loss, personal transfers, and transition. The ministry moved to an online format and continued to accomplish outreach on a viral platform. Blogtalk radio opened the door for messages to the public, wordpress opened the door to interested readers and like minded servants across the globe. Facebook allowed for constant contact with other Missional ministries and outreach driven bodies of faith. Twitter is wonderful and allows for daily conversation with ministers, witnessing to unbelievers and a platform to share God’s word daily. The work continues.
We are preparing to launch our online ministry -M. L. Baker Ministries. As we began to research options for services, format, promotion, etc., we ran across a You Tube posting by an evangelist regarding church services and their purpose in today’s Christian world. Please accept this warning, the evangelist is not politically correct. He is matter of fact in his delivery, passionate in his view of relationships with Christ and quite descriptive when detailing “popular” churches today.
Outreach, Missions, Evangelism are all critical components of a successful church. If our purpose as a body of Christian believers is to promulgate the Gospel of Christ, why are we so busy “growing” our church that we do not have time to speak to unbelievers or our community?
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