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FOCUS EVOLUTION

   Posted by: pastordiehl   in The Church and Change

When a church first begins, the number one focus is people. So all our effort, finances, and time goes to reach people and get them in there. Once we’ve got a few people, the focus begins to change to caring for the people we’ve won, including a building, childcare, ministry opportunities, etc. The values of the church have now moved from evangelism to management. The church’s effort, finances, and time must now change to take care of the people who are there. And the new evangelistic church has lost its evangelistic focus. It happens in the best of churches.

If a church is to keep its “balance” as it matures, it must find a way to keep its eyes on both evangelism (reaching new people), and management (facilitating people we already have) at the same time. Both are critical to a healthy church. Otherwise, the natural evolution within any church will cause it to turn inward upon itself. 

Have you seen this happen in a church? Tell me about it.

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2 comments so far

Sharon Servis
 1 

More importantly, I have NOT seen this happen in our church. There is always a sense of outreach, such as the fall choir. At the same time there is loving care for all of our people. It takes all of us all the time to keep that spirit of love. Hope groups are great. This blog is great. But it still takes the one on one care for one another. Think I’ll just find someone to bless today.

January 31st, 2009 at 9:12 pm
Tara Lilly
 2 

What a tough balance; you have described it well here. I think the most important lesson for all of us is that keeping all of these things going-evangelism/management-is not just your job, or the job of the pastoral staff alone. It is our job, the members, to be the Body and make sure we are always contributing, not just taking.

February 1st, 2009 at 11:23 pm

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