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15 Things Every Church Should Do in 2015 - Guest Reflection for February 8

posted Jan 30, 2015, 11:31 AM by Parish Administrator   [ updated Jan 30, 2015, 11:33 AM ]
 Guest Reflection.  

There was a wonderful article by Evan Dolive onSojo.net on 15 things every church should do in 2015.  Because by "Church" he means all of us, I want to share part of it with the whole community of St. Margaret's.


1. Review what happened in 2014. What worked? What didn't? Where did we spend our money? How did we touch people's lives?


2. Honestly answer the question, "Why in the world would anyone want to come to this church?"  If you answer this question honestly, the answer might surprise you and scare you at the same time.


3. Answer, "If we closed our doors tomorrow, who would miss us?" Is the church a place to go on Sunday morning or an impactful piece of the community? If the church closed tomorrow would there be a gap, a hole, a void left in the community or even a particular community? 


4. Then ask the even harder question - "If no one would miss us, then what are we doing here?"


5. Speak up for the voiceless in our own backyard. There are needs in any-sized community - the church is called to speak up for those who cannot and be the voice they are longing to have. If the church cannot and does not speak to community, state, and national issues then we are missing a big piece of the gospel.


6. Have honest conversations about race. In Ferguson, Staten Island, Ohio, and everywhere in between, the complexities of race in our society has been thrown to the forefront of news, conversation, and lives. Was Dr. King correct when he said that 11 a.m. on Sunday was the most segregated hour of the week? How the church responds to the issue of race in the 21st century will be extremely important.


7. Re-evaluate missions. What is the purpose of missions? What is our mission as followers of Christ? Is the church supporting missions that support our mission? Reviewing how the work of the church is done will focus the ministry opportunities for 2015.


8. Remember that failure is not a bad word. . If we are holding back for fear of failure then we are limiting what God can do in that situation. Churches cannot simply just wait for "home runs." So get out there and try something, get your hands dirty, be the hands and feet of God!


9. Love the people, love the people, love the people.  We need to love people for who they are not for who we want them to be.


10. Answer, "If someone came to this community for the first time what would their impression be?"  Let's look at the church with fresh eyes and see what happens.


11. Stop the bodies-in-the-pews game. There is more to being a ministry of God than painstakingly counting bodies in the pews. What if we worried about how many lives we have touched, instead of the number of people that come on Sunday morning?


12. Pray for ... everything. Patience, peace, mercy, safety, movement of the spirit, direction. Start praying and never stop. The church, the world, and our souls need it.


13. Increase giving.  Have faith, take courage, and step out and increase the giving of the church. It doesn't have to be much, but it has to be some. Watch what happens when a little is given in faith.


14. Decrease complaining. Yes, there is a lot to do and few workers to do it. We have a lot to be thankful for. Attitude is important - especially in the church. If people are always complaining - especially about insignificant things - then this will spill over to all parts of the church.


15. Don't give up on the church.  God has never given up on us - let's not give up on God.


Rev. Evan M. Dolive is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He is married to his high school sweetheart and has two children ages 3 and 1. He currently serves in Beaumont, Texas.