Make Your Church a Place of Refuge
The E-idea this week is excerpted from an article by Adam Stadtmiller published in CT Pastors, a Christianity Today online magazine. In today’s busy world, these four suggestions can help a pastor set a pace that the congregation can sustain.
Is God calling you to create a calm, safe harbor of connection rather than a culturally relevant center of activity? Try these steps to create a place to be rather than a space to do.
- Model and preach rest as a value. Start by observing a weekly Sabbath. Take a more deliberate approach to Sunday services, allowing yourself to be present with people rather than a frenzied pastor on the run.
- Clarify your church’s vision. Redefine your core values to include authenticity, fun and cultivating an emotionally and spiritually vibrant community.
- Empower and equip your people. Doing fewer organized events can free your church to focus on equipping people to do more in their own community spaces. Offer a list of challenges to impact their community. Give space in your Sunday service to tell their stories.
- Make church community simple. Make the most crucial church services as simple as possible for the congregation. Include a weekly prayer gathering and/or worship through music night to create a rhythm of varied worship within a context of community. With finances that previously went to run programs, consider offering community building, multi-generational gatherings.
- Read the full article at http://www.christianitytoday.com/pastors/2017/october-web-exclusives/your-church-can-be-refuge.html?share=Send YOUR E-idea to firstname.lastname@example.org.