Refreshing!

26 Feb

Saturday night was our first women’s rally at our 6 month old church.  It was AWESOME!! We had 145 women there, and it was such a blast.  We had giveaways, comedy, a wonderful message brought by our Pastor’s wife, snacks, jewelry for purchase (SO CUTE!), a hair & nails room, AND a room for arm and neck massages!

But none of that would have been any fun without this truth.

Everyone, and I’m not being generous with my wording to cover for some people, I literally mean EVERYONE, was SO awesome and friendly toward each other.

See, since we’re just starting out… there isn’t this long history or “knowledge” on each other.  Be it old, new, true, lies, rumors, gossip, experience…. we just simply don’t have it.  And so our pasts are not a stumbling block.  We’re all new.  And that’s how we see each other.

We don’t have long histories of friendships.  Some of the women from the church have been friends for a long time, but that’s the exception, not the rule.  And those women have been nothing short of wonderful to never make anyone feel like they don’t fit in or are not welcome in their group of friends.  In other words, there aren’t any “clicks.”

Everyone who is attending the church is either driven by a strong determination to share Christ with those who don’t know Him, or are just meeting Christ…. which is the PERFECT recipe for lives totally sold out for Kingdom work. We don’t have people who have been “pew sitters” for 15 years, because we’re 6 months old.

We have A LOT of work to do, so there is a spot for everyone.  If you have a heart to serve and help, there IS a spot for you.  You don’t have to sit on the sidelines and put in 10 years of time before you can be recognized and put in a spot to serve.  And better than that – the people attending the church WANT to serve.  We don’t have 10% of the people doing 90% of the work.

I left Saturday night feeling SO refreshed.  My Facebook went NUTS on Sunday and Monday.  I have 15 + new friends on there and over 100 notifications!  I can’t help but sit and weep.

I spent 11 years at a church struggling to make any real friends (especially my age), being judged and accused over past sins and false rumors & gossip, having a split in the church of people who were either friends with “this group” or “that group” because of people picking up other people’s offenses instead of pointing them to forgiveness, and a lack of true hunger for God and His word.

I know our church is new.  And everything is good when it’s new.

So, it’s RIGHT NOW (not after the fact) that we need to be extremely intentional about implementing safety nets, standards, and preventative road blocks from allowing our church to end up like every other church out there.

Practical Application

Talk about this openly and honestly.

Pray & ask for God’s help.

Put things into action now!

 

** If I described your church, I don’t believe it is too late to change if you really seek God’s face and call on others one at a time to get them on board with your vision – you can turn your church back around.  It only takes one person who is willing to sacrifice.

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