One of the things you might want to consider doing is blogging as a means for communciating vision to your church body...here is a blog that Shawn posted earlier today....for this one and others go to www.shawnlovejoy.com.
I love Chic-fil-A sandwiches...But I have a dilemma every time I order
from there. I LOVE the fried chicken sandwiches. HOWEVER, I love the
char-grilled sandwiches! They taste great and they are better for you!
Do you know what would make my life easier? If Chic-fil-A would come
out with a half fried, half char-grilled sandwich. the reality? I'll
never get it both ways.
I'm convinced that's what most Christians want out of a church. I've never met a Christian that SAID they wanted the church to be all about them. Every Christian I have ever met have SAID they want the church to reach out to people disconnected from Christ. However, do you know what I've found? Most churches want to reach the unchurched as long as they don't have to get uncomfortable doing it! Most Christians want to unconsciusly focus the ministry and philosophy of the church in such a way that it feels comfortable to them and what they are used to, while attempting to reach the unchurched. But you can't have it both ways!
I am convinced that a church will make all of the Christians (the ones already going to Heaven) comfortable, or it will make a conscious choice to make people disconnected from Christ (the ones that aren't going to Heaven) comfortable. I'm convinced a church can't have it both ways!
Just so you're following me, Mountain Lake has chosen the latter. We have chosen to design our church so that it is comfortable to people who don't go to church. If there is any group we can not allow to make uncomfortable, it's those that don't know Christ!
Does that mean the church shouldn't care about what Christians think? No. Does that mean that a church should not be concreted with developing Christians into fully devoted followers of Christ? No. It just means that a church can NOT choose to make Christians comfortable in their worship services and programming, and still reach the unchurched. You can not have it both ways!
If you want to know WHY Mountain Lake Church is designed the way it is, it's not so we can call ourselves cool, contemporary, or do praise and worship music. It's because we want to make our church easily acceptable, non-threatening, and yes, comfortable to the unchurched! Because w know we can't have it both ways!
Are you uncomfortable at times at our church? Do the messages seem to focus more on the disconnected than the connected at church? If so, then you have probably found a church that makes God's heart beat fast! Here's what He said: "What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off." Matthew 18:12-13 (NIV)
Make the decision today that you are going to be a part of a church that makes you uncomfortable, so you can be a part of a movement that goes after lost sheep and impacts the eternal destinies of people!...Shawn