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June/July 2017

Dear Church,

What did I learn in school? I actually learned quite a bit, but it took me a while to realize it. Our society has for some time has equated BIGGER and NEW & IMPROVED as being better than same old same old. Yet many of us remember when kitchen appliances and televisions lasted 20 plus years. Not so in today’s NEW & Improved world, where if you get five years out of a television, people think you got your money’s worth. Except for those of us who remember when…

The same goes for church or to be more accurate, WORSHIP! So many speakers, books and articles are offering advice on how to grow your church, into a mega church, with modern music, high tech sound and video, energizing sermons that say “anything goes”, coffee shops, presents for visitors, programs for everyone, and doing anything to get millennials in the door and keep them there.

The average church in America has 75 to 80 people every week in attendance; this puts us just slightly below average. However, what I relearned in school is this: To grow a church, not in numbers, but in faith, should be the goal of churches. If a church grows in faith, the numbers will grow as well. And how do we do this? By the NEW & IMPROVED method? That may work for some, for a short while. And these ideas are not all bad. But let us remember that it’s not about gimmicks and gadgets, it’s about being the people that God has called us to be. The real way to growth is the old tried and true method. Start with prayer, spend time in God’s word, preach biblical truths, choose Godly leaders and teachers, help those less fortunate, be kind and caring, sing songs that have sound theology, and pray some more.

“Give me that old time religion!”

1 Chronicles 17:16 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?

In His service,

Pastor Denise

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