The Apostle Paul said that he became all things to all people, so that he might be able to save some, but few churches can really follow his lead.  Maybe the megachurch can have 25 different ministry teams, fully staffed and resourced, but that’s not reasonable for the small and struggling church.

I’d recommend instead you follow the advice of Jim Collins.  In Good to Great, he wrote that the enemy of great companies is often being good enough at multiple things.  If instead they would focus in on what they are best at, and ignore or outsource the rest, they can begin to become great in that one area.

Lee Eclov, pastor of Chippewa Evangelical Free Church in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, notes that in the Revelation letters, holiness, love and concernm are marks of a healthy church, not evangelism, stewardship, church planting, or attendance programs.*

Erwin McManus added that “Healthy community flows out of a unified cause.”**  Rather than scatter our attention or outspend Hollywood, the healthy church focuses in on that core of the Gospel they can accentuate:

  • does your community need an after-school program with people who love with the love of Jesus?
  • does your community need a soup kitchen staffed by people who serve others as a demonstration of their love for Jesus?
  • does your community need a place where kids can skateboard under the watchful eye of  people with servants’ hearts?

Whatever you do, so long as there is a need and the people are first centered on loving Jesus, you can become great.

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* “Jesus’ Surprising Definition” at BuildingChurchLeaders.com

**”The Cause-Driven Church” at BuildingChurchLeaders.com

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