“From the Temple to a Cell Group” is my attempt to make the case that in order for us to respond to Christ’s mission for our church we need to think small and intimate and to walk away from both “church” as we know it and our internal desires to “go big” (See the Intro Post of this series.)
Let’s start with a question. Ask this question both as an individual and as a congregation.
“Who do you feel called to serve and provide ministry to?”
Now, we are trained to give fluffy answers. Ones like, “I am called to serve God’s children” or “I am called to serve the bruised and broken”. These answers sound nice and warm, but they are broad, too broad. And because of that, it’s hard to focus. There is no focus.
Part of walking away from “church” as we know it is coming to terms with the fact that we cannot be everything to everyone. We do not have the people, time, or money. Let’s leave those worries to others.
Relevant small and intimate congregations and their serving ministers MUST focus their attention. Instead of under serving everyone, SUPER SERVE someone.
I want you to revisit that question and attempt to give it focus.
My congregation is called to serve under-privileged children.
My congregation is called to serve the un-churched and those that struggle with addiction.
My congregation is called to serve divorced people who struggle finding a church home in “family” congregations.
Those are FOCUSED and SHARP mission statements. People that attend those congregations know EXACTLY what they are about and the ministers that serve know EXACTLY whom they are serving.
I encourage and challenge you to consider this in your personal life and in the life of your congregation. Challenge yourself. Challenge your mission. Challenge the usefulness of that mission. Challenge how that mission meets real need in the “real” world (the real world is the one that exists outside of our church bubble.)
Rethinking “church” starts with a God who loves, a Christ who calls, and a congregation that serves. My belief is that our future lies in small / intimate congregations and for that to work, our service needs to be focused.
Choose to super-serve someone in a world that God loves.
More to come…