A New Church
I suspect this church is only a couple years old. I later learn they’re an outgrowth of a small group.
Consider these four discussion questions about Church #7:
1. Their meeting space looks abandoned. We approach with uncertainty. I hesitate to walk inside. It wouldn’t take much to make the entrance more inviting.
What simple things can you do to make your facility say “welcome” instead of “go away”?
2. Inside, people mingle. Several introduce themselves in a friendly, unassuming way. They’re great at pre-meeting interaction with people they don’t know.
How can you best connect with visitors before church? How can you encourage others to follow your example?
3. Their leader is a tentmaker pastor. Like Paul in the Bible, he works for a living to share Jesus for free. Without him drawing a salary, there is more money for outreach and ministry.
How might your congregation move away from depending on paid staff and tap the skills of capable volunteers?
4. As is often the case, it’s new churches—not established ones—where people are most apt to discover God and grow into a vibrant faith.
What can you do to promote a new-church excitement where you worship?
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.