RHYTHM: A Growing Church – Revelation 3:1-6

Revelation 3Friday before the 3rd Sunday in Lent: Revelation 3:1-6

Reading: Revelation 3:1-6

A Growing Church

I know—I was surprised that I chose the reading from Revelation, too. But having served in local church ministry for many years, a phrase here jumped out at me: “I know your works; you have a name of being alive, but you are dead.”

An awful lot happens in local churches in the name of Godly living and spiritual vitality that has nothing to do with either. The problem is that actual Godly living and spiritual vitality is hard to chart, and often the things that lead to personal depth in faith run contrary to more common-denominator efforts that draw people to the church building. Which, if we’re honest, is how ministry actually gets judged. So we aim for the numbers, and in chasing numbers, we lose meaning. Extreme example, but would your church be more likely to genuinely challenge lukewarm American Christianity in its members, or do a 5,000 egg Easter extravaganza? Well, the egg thing sure draws a lot of new faces.

I know your works; you have a name of being alive, but you are dead.

For reflection:

What challenges do you face in attempting depth-over-draw in your ministry?

Headcounts aside, what are false—but popular—outward markers of spiritual togetherness that distract you from true devotion and development?

 

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