This week at the Institute of Children’s Ministry every participant received a conference bag. Within that bag was a book titled, “A New Kind of Leader” by Reggie Joiner and it states seven important truths that impact ministry, especially ministry to children.
Truth #3 especially speaks to those of us who are pastors, local ministry leaders and workers, and anyone who attends church. The truth is—CHURCH MATTERS. And it does. Reggie Joiner elaborates on this –
“For nearly 2000 years, churches have met in homes, catacombs, restaurants, cathedrals, tents, theaters, town halls, coffeehouses, storefronts, schools, and hotels. Regardless of creed or style, the local church has always been a place where people can actually sit down—to learn, worship, think, serve, celebrate, and sometimes even eat together.”
Perhaps we as pastors and ministry leaders need to make this our mantra, CHURCH MATTERS…CHURCH MATTERS…CHURCH MATTERS. The more we believe it the more we will fully engage in all that makes the church matter—biblical teaching, intimate relationships, compassionate ministry, impactful prayer, joyful celebrations, intentional service to those within and without.
CHURCH MATTERS is a theologically sound statement. Acts 2:41-44 shares the value of the church to new believers as well as the significant activities the church should engage in. “Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3000 in all. All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all,…and all the believers met together in one place…” Now that is church!
Yes, more than 75% of the Christians in North American churches do not attend church but church still matters. Let’s not let the apathy of unbelievers or cynicism of our cultures cause us to lose heart. Church still matters! Let’s shake ourselves. Repeat the mantra. And get to work making our local church a place that really matters to children, youth, families, the elderly, the lost, the broken—to everyone!
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