Can you imagine not able to go shopping without being recognised?
Yesterday I was privileged to spend time with some of the leaders of the Church of Pentecost from Ghana and the UK. In Ghana they number 2.1 million people. One in twelve people are a member of the Church of Pentecost. The question above was one of the difficulties the leaders faced within such growth!
Whenever this leader goes through the town he is meeting members!
72% of the Ghanaian population is Christian.
The challenge that they face is discipleship and the fact that possibly only 55-60% attend church. In the UK the figures are around the 10% mark so we are lagging behind even on their challenging figures!
How do we get people to connect into Church?
Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Community Church in 2007 realised that discipleship was low. He wrote:
“Some of the stuff that we have put millions of dollars into thinking it would really help our people grow and develop spiritually, when the data actually came back, it wasn’t helping people that much. Other things that we didn’t put that much money into and didn’t put much staff against is stuff our people are crying out for”.
What we think is important sometimes isn’t.
When getting people into Church is not focused on the Church (an indicator of its success) and becomes focused on the person attending then maybe they will come.
When Church leaves its 4 walls and establishes Church where people are then maybe they will come.
When Church focuses on loving God then maybe they will come.
When Church focuses on loving people then maybe they will come.
When Church addresses the reality of life and becomes relevant then maybe they will come.
But most of all when the Church has a bigger world-view, even of its own town and city, then maybe they will come. See what kind of work Paul appointed his elders to in this verse: Titus 1:5 “For this reason I left you in Crete, that you would set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city as I directed you”. Leaders of the city know their city and are known by their city. May we all be recognised in the shops today!!