My Mundane Musings

Growing up I longed for the fast paced life of big city life and corporate America. Now I’m a stay at home mom of 4 in a small rural community! And I wouldn’t have it any other way! (At least for now).

Tuesday February 7, 2006 February 7, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — Rebekah Sanders @ 10:56 am

I had an interesting conversation with someone a few weeks ago.  We were talking about how we could really turn our church around if we were to just add a few more families.  The person said, “Yeah, it would be nice to add two or three really strong Christian families.”  When I replied that I would rather add two or three unsaved people who brought their families, he looked at me like I had three heads.

Isn’t that how we’re supposed to be growing our churches though?  Shouldn’t we be doing our best to reach those who don’t know Christ or who knew Him at one point and have fallen away?  It does me (or my church) no good to just borrow growth from another church.  That’s *not* growing the body of believers, it’s just growing the body of believers that I get to worship with each week.

Not to mention that people who church hop (I’m not including those who genuinely feel led to go to another church – but those who change church every 6-12 months looking for the newest thing) are more than likely to bring all the baggage that they can with them.  They move so often that they are almost professional and are able to bring more and more “junk” (gossip, “we never did it that way before”isms, etc…) with them when they come and they are more likely to hurt someone when they go.  They know how to “do” church and honestly, mature believers are harder to reach than new Christians.  But that’s another entry for another day.

I would much rather have an unbeliever or someone who was just saved and is looking to get involved in a church.  Those people are ready to jump in and get their hands dirty.  They are ready to listen to what we have to teach them.  They read their Bible EVERY day – sometimes more than once.  They pray and call out to God for everything.  They are excited about their faith and ready to share it with anyone who will listen.  THAT is the type of person that I would like to add to our church.  Imagine how a church could be impacted by adding two or three individuals like that?  Amazing things would start to happen!

So, that’s what I’m praying for our little church.  We’re having a tough time, I’ll be honest.  We are resting sure in knowing we are in the middle of God’s will.  We’re willing to go the distance.  But I’m praying hard that God will send two or three or even four FAMILIES of unbelievers to our midst.  And I’m excited to see what will happen when He does!


8 Responses to “Tuesday February 7, 2006”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!  What a refreshing post!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    We’re at the same place ministry wise……we’ve seen our share of church hoppers….(who kept on hopping) and we’d much rather have new converts!  That’s our whole point of planting a church.   It’s sad how many churches have nothing but “transfer” and see it as growth………we have so many church splits around here and the growth is disgruntled people going from one place to the next.   This area breaks my heart.    We tell our congregation all the time….DON’T invite someone who is going to church……find the ones who don’t have a church home!  

  3. Anonymous Says:

    I agree with you completely!  We are praying the very same thing for our church.  Will add you to my prayer list!!


  4. Anonymous Says:

    AMEN!!!! AMEN!!!!

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Here’s another thought for you.  I was listening to a lovely preacher a while back who made an interesting statement.  He says he believes God is delaying revival because He doesn’t want to bring millions of new babies into this mess we call church. 

    Rang true to my spirit, how about yours???

  6. Anonymous Says:

    I just ran across your blog. Our little church is struggling with alot of those same issues. I completely agree with you. I was talking with some Pastor Friends of ours this week and one pastor mentioned that a family from the other pastors church had started attending his church. And the other pastor said jokingly thats fine as long as our churches split their tithe. That just saddened my heart. I know they were joking but it still I just wanted to say hello!

  7. Anonymous Says:

    How true!! Our churches don’t experience true growth with those who just “church hop”. We are called to reach those who don’t know the Lord. To reach out to those who may be a “little rough” around the edges and uncomfortable to be around, we are Christians need to get outta our comfort zone.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Amen, Amen, and may I say again, Amen!!!  Church hoppers avoid true commitment, and baulk when you expect them to do anything.  The minute you preach or say anything they do not want to hear, no matter how truthful, they leave, with hurt feelings and loud crys making other people believe bad things about the last church they graced with their presence.  Do not hope for more Christian Families, unless they are moving in to your area new, rather, wish that your neighbors and co-workers, and the local pizza delivery guy sees something in you that makes them want to find out what you have and come to see what is going on.  Make them wish they were not on the outside looking in, but inside and enjoying all God has for them.  Pray for the church hoppers that they mature and realize their church hopping is not doing them any good, and perfect only exists in Jesus, so stop looking for the perfect church, and just find a church you are being fed in and plant yourselves.   Planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God.  Psalm 92:13

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