Which Of These Churches Will Our Church Be?

Prevailing Attitude in Church “A”:

  1. Our blessings outweigh our responsibilities.
  2. Missions is that annual weekend event for taking Faith Promise pledges.
  3. Only those who are super spiritual or those who are “called” get involved in missions.
  4. Other than during the Faith Promise weekend, missions is rarely mentioned.
  5. Adults decide on their own if God is “calling” them into missions.
  6. It’s O.K. if you insist on going on a short-term missions trip for a week or two.
  7. The average attendee in this church can only name 2-3 Scripture verses that deal with missions.
  8. In a financial pinch, the first thing that reduces is missions giving.
  9. Most members don’t know who their adopted missionaries are or where they are serving.
  10. Meetings focusing on missions aren’t held very often and are poorly attended.
  11. World Missions gets the minimum funding suggested. (10% or less of the church’s income)
  12. Missions is a “necessary evil” that occasionally intrudes on the real ministry of the church.

Prevailing Attitude of Church “B”:

  1. Our blessings bring equal responsibilities.
  2. World evangelization permeates church life throughout the year.
  3. Every member expects to have some role in the global harvest.
  4. God’s heart for the nations is heard in almost every service.
  5. Church leadership continually challenges couples and singles to consider going overseas.
  6. Going on short-term or missions trips is the expected norm.
  7. The average lay member of this congregation can name several verses, knowing God’s heart for all nations is the theme of the Bible.
  8. Missions needs are met even before the electric bill is paid.
  9. Most know who the church’s adopted missionaries are, where they serve, and what their needs are.
  10. Mission information and prayer times are mainstream.
  11. The church has a goal of giving no less than 25% of its income to world missions.
  12. World evangelization is seen as half the reason the church exists.

“The mission of the Church is missions.”– Unknown

One Reply to “Which Of These Churches Will Our Church Be?”

  1. WOW! what an amazing article. I wish i had read that while I was pastoring. I started and pastored Coastline Baptist Church in Jacksonville, NC for 13 years, then God called me to Puerto Rico to start Churches. we are planning to start a Bible college under the leadership of Pastor Luis Martinez to train nationals to start NT churches all over this very needy country. I appreciate your Mission and desire to reach the world. I plan to pass this email on to my pastor friends. Thank you again!

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