Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Hey Fletch … If I were to put our problem in one line, I would say, “People are not leaving our church but they haven’t bought into our vision.” Could you give some advice?

DRF—Tami and I were visiting a church today. It had a fabulous building and a stunning worship team. Yet, I noticed the men around me. Many were impassive. They didn’t sing or respond to the worship. Many were like statues during the message.

I mention this to share that even in great buildings, exciting worship and a good message, there will be some who don’t buy into your vision. Jesus said it in Matthew 13:24-25: “The kingdom of heaven is like a person who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away.” Net Bible®. Only in the mysterious ways of God’s Spirit can the weeds be transformed into wheat. 

Perhaps you should look at how you engage folks. At the church we were at today, everyone from the stage was “talk, talk, talk.” There was no engagement of the congregation, no use of photos or video, no sharing stories of ministry and the sermon was a 30 minute monologue. Think through how you can release people to explore your vision during the worship services. How can you penetrate into their souls with the life-changing Word of God. Get creative and see what happens.