One of the questions we get a lot is “How do we cultivate a stronger sense of community in our groups?” It seems many leaders are noticing that it’s easy to organize groups around projects or curriculum, but more challenging to cultivate a real sense of spiritual family.
The other night I was talking to a couple (we’ll call them Jack and Jill) that felt stuck in some family frustrations. I began asking them some questions and we uncovered longstanding patterns of relational codependency.
We recently hosted a webinar with David Fitch on 5 Ways Church Planting Must Change, but we didn’t get a chance to answer all of the excellent questions.
So we asked David (and Geoff) to answer some of them on video for you!
Previously, we answered your question: “Do We Still Need To Plant Churches?”
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before:
Some new church plant (or old traditional church, or hipster-deep “worship experience”) doesn’t have enough money to pay the bills. So the pastor, or the elders, or the stewardship committee decides it’s high time to start preaching more about money.
And unfortunately, it “works.” At least, it works in the short-term.
I was talking with a first-time church planter about how things were going. As we were talking about some of the difficulties he was facing, he blurted out:
I just don’t like the people who are coming to my church! I wouldn’t choose to hang out with these people, and it’s hard to create a community with people you wouldn’t normally hang out with!
When I was a younger Christian, dreaming about the the missionary ministry I felt called to, I would pray the impassioned petition of so many young people, “God, use me!”