When I talk about churches being “on mission” I often hear a reply full of disdain, “does that mean you want us to be seeker-sensitive??!?” As I press further, I learn that these individuals believe that being seeker-sensitive means watering down our theology, spirituality, and morality.
Missional vitality is one of the PAOC’s desired outcomes for its churches and ministries. We have been in a serious, ongoing evaluation of the status of that vitality as it relates to the health of our churches and their ability to multiply.
When I look at Canadian churches that are experiencing growth by conversion, there is one common characteristic I see: they are relentlessly outward bound. At some point they made a decision that they will be about the people who are not yet a part of their church.
Growing churches must engage the community. We need to be visible and actively building bridges of relationship to those who have not yet come to our church. Christmas is a great time for your church to engage your community.
Well-designed seating makes a room come alive! It creates momentum and makes everyone feel like they’re a part of something big. Ineffective seating makes a room feel distant and dead. There’s a loss of connection and everyone can’t wait to get out of there…
A value that I’ve seen being adopted by vitalized churches is to be “Relentlessly Outward Bound.” This becomes a core statement in the life of the church that helps congregants identify exactly what the church is here to do…
Week after week there seems to be a disconnect between the desire to reach people with the gospel, and the actual doing. What is holding your congregation back? What could really get you the results you’re praying for?