As we gear up and move into and through the transition from Summer relaxation to full-on fall busyness I remind you that Lakeview United Church and her leaders need your prayer and support to lead us forward in constantly seeking God's will for us. We plot a way forward, planning to welcome new families into our midst, to involve those who have begun attending in the past couple years more fully into the life of the church. IN all things the Visionary Board and the other leadership teams (Operations, Outreach, UCW, and Pastoral Care) need you to be part of what is going on here. How? I offer this short devotional on Colossians 1:17-18 (taken from the Right from the Heart website) with some concrete ideas and strategies to fully engage in the life of YOUR church.
“He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.” - Colossians 1: 17-18I don’t know about you, but when I don’t feel well, sick with a cold or flu, I can’t think about anything else. In contrast, when I’m feeling well, I hardly ever think about my health. Isn’t that the irony when it comes to the human body? Problems dominate our thinking, while we take good health for granted.
Jesus says the church is like the human body and God’s desire is for a healthy church. So, if we want to build or maintain a healthy church, what should we be looking for?
So, what’s the diagnosis—How healthy is your church? Start today by praying for your church and its leaders. Don’t stop there—join in and participate. Find ways to use your unique skills and be an engaged, mission minded minister in your local church.
- Rock Solid Foundation. Anyone in construction knows—if the foundation is not right, the building will not stand. Christ is the foundation of the church, the rock. Jesus is Christianity. Christianity is Jesus.
- Leaders who Lead. A healthy church has spiritual leaders who constantly seek Christ—constantly point people to Him.
- Supports its Leaders. Those involved in the ministry look to their leaders for support in their walk with Christ, trusting and submitting to their leadership.
- Unique Gifts. Just as each part of the body has unique strengths and roles, each member of the church has unique gifts. A healthy church sees each member of the body using those gifts, whether it be teaching, serving, or leading a group of high school guys. Every member is a minister.
- Mission Minded. Healthy churches send people out. They are focused on the main mission given by Christ –to go and make disciples of all nations.
- A United Church. Christ-centered churches are focused and devoted to their mission. They will usually experience incredible unity as a by-product of that mindset.
- Accepts Discipline. Church discipline is not about being mean, harsh, or judgmental. Church discipline is about love. It’s a tough love, but the whole motive is love. And the whole reason is for restoration – for an unrepentant sinner to be restored to a right relationship with God and their fellow man.
Welcome back from your summer vacation—Welcome home to Lakeview. You have been missed. You belong!
Credit: Right from the Heart Website - http://rightfromtheheart.