I am a cup half full kind of guy. I believe every problem can be solved and nothing is ever as bad as we think it is. Don’t get me wrong, I am also a realist. We must have a clear understanding of our present realities if we are to experience our preferred futures. This combination has served me well as a Church Leader.
I realize the church is not perfect and in many cases is unhealthy. But the cup is not half empty. There is hope for every church to THRIVE. Despite history, tradition, and current situations, there is always hope. I believe your church can THRIVE.
- Transformational – Every church has the ability to be transformational. I believe this is true because I believe the message of the Gospel is transformational. It changed my life and I’ve seen it change countless others. Your church and community can THRIVE when you recognize the possibilities you possess for being transformational.
- Holistic – Our culture is looking for answers to questions regarding every area of their lives. The Church has these answers. We are in the discipleship business. Serving the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. Your church can be a holistic ministry that impacts the lives of the whole person. We are a nation of broken people. Through Jesus and the Word, your church can help others THRIVE.
- Relational – The Church is a laboratory for learning how to build relationships. Too often we have been the cause for broken relationships. But despite our personal failures, the Church is still the best place for strengthening your relationships with God, others, and yourself. Your church can be a place where relationships THRIVE.
- Intentional – The word relevant gets overused in churches and conferences. Relevance has nothing to do with music styles, people’s preferences, and cultural whims. What makes something relevant is that it matters to me. It applies to my life…right now. This is why I prefer the word intentional over relevant. The best way for your church to be relevant is to be intentional. Do what you do on purpose. Going through the motions as a church only provides a slow death. If your church want to THRIVE…..you need to be intentional.
- Vibrant – The church should be creating a vibrant atmosphere of excitement and energy. I’m not talking about worship services that are loaded with technology and loud music (even though I personally prefer both). I am referring to an atmosphere created by people who are passionate about serving Jesus and have joy. Too many churches are set up to rob people of their joy. If you want your church to THRIVE…allow passion, excitement, and energy to be vibrant.
- Experience – I’ve stated one of my personal missions as a pastor this way… I am in the business of providing others with new experiences. A church will not THRIVE if the majority of its people are simply attendees of worship services. To be true disciples we must have experiences others cannot take from us. These experiences come in all kinds of forms: worship services, small groups, mission trips, retreats, serving, and much more. The question is: How intentional are you being about creating experiences? Churches that pay attention to the experiences they are providing….THRIVE.
What do you think? Can any church THRIVE? Is your church a thriving church? What can you do to be more of a thriving church? How can I help you THRIVE?