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We ended the year with a pancake breakfast and celebration of what God has done. Many of our people gave testimonies of God’s working in their life and shared the blessings of being a part of the Body at CCC.
As a church, we celebrated:
– Over 20 people that came to Christ
– 7 people taking their next step of Baptism
– 18 people that took the step of Church membership
– A 33% attendance increase over the year
– Many, many people stepped up to make a difference by serving others in ministry both in the church and outside the church at things like our Second Saturday opportunities.
– Over half of our weekly attenders are studying God’s Word in LifeGroups
– And, the church adjusted to a crazy new Lead Pastor!

We are blessed! I cannot wait to see how God leads us in 2013 to love Him, and to love others by helping people take next steps towards Him!

We also showed this video last Sunday of our year-in-review as a church.

Quotable Tuesday

Jason Petermann  —  October 26, 2010 — Leave a comment

This weeks’ quote is from Seth Godin on his blog.  It is probably one of the best I have read on change

“People who fear they will be hurt by a change speak up immediately, loudly and without regard for the odds or reality. People who will benefit from a change don’t believe it (until it happens), so they sit quietly. And that’s why change in an organization is difficult.”

Translate that to the church:

  • You get push-back about making change from those who fear that it will replace what they like and are comfortable with (Usually based on a preference).  They will push back immediately, loudly and without regard for the reality that their church needs to change or it will die.
  • You get inaction by those who want the change.  They will not help or give to make it work. But they will let you know their opinion about it.

And that’s why change in a church is difficult!

I spent some time in a junkyard Sunday afternoon.  That is not my normal Sunday afternoon routine, but circumstances on Saturday led to a trip to the automotive graveyard on Sunday.

You see, on Saturday, my oldest son decided to do a little work on his 1998 Mustang.  Those models are plagued with seat belt retractors that wear out in short order, and that bothered my son.  He inherited his annoyance of insignificant things that do not work from me.  Little squeaks and noises I hear  while driving my car drive me nuts.  So much so that I have been known to pull off the road and find the source of the annoyance and irritation, or walk to my destination if I cannot find it.

He has more ability than I do when it comes to mechanical things, and decided to pull the seat belts apart to fix them.  In the end though, he was not able to fix them (to his credit, he worked on them several hours and it was a tuff job).  We were left with two seat belts that were broken and in need of replacement, which was expensive according to the dealer.  So, after church my son was off to the junkyard.  Over an hour later he called me to let me know he was stuck and unable to get a couple of seat belts off of a deceased Mustang sitting in the yard, so off I went to assist (remember, I suck at this).  I got there, and tried using the tools that he had brought with him to remove the bolts that were holding it all together  (these were my tools… and I have very few of them, so his choices were limited).  There was no way the tool I had was going to work.  It was just NOT the right one for the job.  We ended up leaving to go and get the proper tool for the job, and 20 minutes after we got back to the junk yard we had the two seat belts removed and left to go home to install them.  The right tool made all the difference.

I used that last line to teach my boys a life lesson.  Get the right tool for the job, it will make it easier and is more efficient at getting the desired result.  Lesson learned.  But I just want to mention an application for the church as well: use the right person for the job to be done.

From the very beginning, God designed the church to have many parts, or many “tools” to use to build His Church and His Kingdom.  The Scriptures teach us that each tool has its place or task, and that all the tools are necessary for the church to be effective and to be efficient to achieve the desired result.

Having the right person in a staff position is key.  Most people in the church realize this.  Andmost churches think that hiring the right staff is all they need to do to get the job done.  We tend to overlook that when it comes to filling volunteer positions, but it is just as important to have to have the right people in those positions.  They will make or break your program or ministry.  After all, the only thing worse than having no one in the position is having the wrong person in the position.  You are asking for trouble when you get up and announce from the platform that you need someone to step up and lead a program or ministry.  You will likely end up with someone who is not gifted in that area of ministry or someone who does not have the ability as far as skill or leadership is concerned.  We have all seen that happen, and it never ends well for either party.

Having the right tools made a world of a difference in getting my sons car fixed.  It also makes a difference in this world having the right people leading and doing ministry in the church.  You have to have the right tool for the job!

Speaking of the way we do church, Mark Batterson (in Wild Goose Chase) says:

“…I’m afraid we’ve turned church into a spectator sport.  Too many of us are content with letting a spiritual leader seek God for us.  Like the Israelites, we want Moses to climb the mountain for us.  After all, it is much easier to let someone else pray for us or study for us.  So the church unintentionally fosters a subtle form of spiritual codependency.”

This is why it is so important for the church to encourage and equip people to be in the Word for themselves.  It is also important for people to know that the church can provide opportunities for growth and equipping, but it is still up to the individual believer to take next steps in his relationship with God.  The church cannot make anyone do that, and the church is not responsible to do that.

What do you think?  Has the church made people spiritually codependent?

I was going through my Evernote notebook clips last night and came across a quote that I found on a blog a couple of years ago:

“The greatest opposition to what God is doing today comes from those who were on the cutting edge of what God was doing yesterday.”
– R.T. Kendall, pastor of Westminster Chapel

This had two implications for me:

  1. A lot of the people that I was taught to revere and respect as I was growing up were actually fairly progressive in their approach to ministry (for their time). What they did may not be considered progressive today, but it was then!  In fact, today most churches have been there and done the things that were considered progressive back then.
  2. I am still just under 40, but I never want to be the opposition to God’s moving in this (or any) generation.  Who has the right to say that God was done working in the 50’s. 60’s or 70’s?  Who has the right to say that the 90’s Praise and Worship music was the ultimate sound that God wanted.  None of us do.  We need to allow God to work today just as He did in those decades.  Creativity did not reach its pinnacle. Evangelism and preaching did not reach its final end.  Things continue to progress. Things continue to change.  They will until Christ returns.  In fact, we will even sing a “New Song” in heaven.  Some of you will not like that song either!