Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Fusion and Mission

The Smaller congregation is not able to fund as many mission projects as a larger church. It is simple economics. The important issue for the small congregation then is to make sure that their mission focus is thoughtfully and prayerfully considered. Just because a congregation is small does not mean that their mission impact must be small. I believe when a congregation allows the Spirit to lead them to a specific Mission, they will find many benefits.

First, the congregation will begin to work together on a common goal. Whether it is reaching the youth of the community, or the elderly, or some other group, they will be able to combine their various talents to make a significant impact on those they are reaching out to.

Secondly, as they work together they will grow closer to each other—fusing them into one body and not a collection of individuals.

Lastly, the community as a whole will begin to see the congregation as a valuable resource and as they do, more doors and outreach opportunities will open up.

I guess what I am saying is that if we truly want to fuse older members with newer members, one of the best ways to do it is to roll up our sleeves and work side by side on a project that interests both old and new. The project will be a varied as there are congregations, but if we allow God’s Spirit to lead us, our projects will be the very ones that we have the talent to provide for those who need our help.

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