Posted on Jun 27th, 2012
Be the Best Church For Your Community!
Are you and your church thinking differently about what the church could be–and should be–‘for’ your community?
If so, the Externally Focused Network can help you with your next steps no matter if you are just beginning this journey, or if you have traveled this path for a while.
Be the Minister That You Have Always Wanted to Be!
I believe I would be hard pressed to find a minister that took a job at a church because of their desire to reside in their office, respond to a daily flood of emails, and sit through a monotonous onslaught of weekly board meetings. Better yet, I can guarantee you it would be nearly impossible to find a church that was founded in hopes of leaving their community no better off than before they began and in keeping Jesus all to themselves.
No, people go into ministry because they want to set the world on fire for Jesus and see revival break out in their communities. Churches begin because people want to make a difference as Christ’s body and share the hope and redemption that only Jesus can provide. They want to serve those in need and love the unloved. They want to share the Truth and pray for the sick. Yes, that’s why people go into ministry and why churches begin.
Unfortunately, many ministers find themselves in positions that don’t seem to align with their original desires and in churches that seem to have fallen into a routine that saps more life than it gives. I’d even go so far as to bet that many of you are in a situation like that right now.
EFN wants to help leaders…
- Become the minister they’ve always wanted to be
- Create a church culture that embraces both doing good deeds while sharing the ‘Good News,’ resulting in transformed communities and changed lives
- Prayerfully know and act on God’s plan for them, their church, and their community
- Build community credibility and start community impact ministries
- Discover practical resources, tools, strategies, systems, and relationships which enable them to engage in ministering to their community
- Connect with like-minded leaders to share their innovative, externally focused ministry experiences and strategies
- Train their churches to believe that serving is a normal expression of Christian living and is vital to spiritual formation, to be convinced that good deeds and good news can’t and shouldn’t be separated, and to see themselves as vital to the health and well-being of their communities
EFN also wants to help your church embrace the characteristics of an Externally Focused Church:
- Externally focused churches pray…a lot. They pray because they know that God’s ways are higher than our ways, and to rely on our own wisdom and strengths rather than on God is simply foolish. They understand that their goal is never just to do random good works, but to do the good works that God has laid out before them.
- Externally focused churches are convinced that good deeds and good news can’t and shouldn’t be separated. Just as it takes two wings to lift an airplane off the ground, so externally focused churches couple good news with good deeds to make an impact in their communities. The good news explains the purpose of the good deeds.
- They see themselves as vital to the health and well-being of their communities. They believe that their communities, with all of their aspirations and challenges, cannot be truly healthy without the church’s involvement. It is only when the church is mixed into the very life and conversation of the city that it can be an effective force for change.
- They believe that ministering and serving are the normal expressions of Christian living. Even more, they believe that Christians grow best when they are serving and giving themselves away to others. They are convinced that Christians can learn through good instruction, but they really cannot grow if they remain uninvolved in ministry and service.
- Externally focused churches are evangelistically effective. People are looking for places of authenticity where the walk matches the talk, where faith is making a difference.