In a desire to grow their “brand” and broaden their influence—or possibly because they don’t know any better—some church leaders have become known for taking the work of others and passing it off as their own. Others have frequently shared information or news stories that are false. Here are some general rules to help maintain your integrity online.
We know Christians are called to take the gospel to the nations, yet often it’s challenging to get people motivated about evangelistic work in faraway places. Perhaps this is why pastors assume that what their church members need is more excitement about the spiritual results of missions. They need to see how thrilling it is when men and women step out of a culture where Christianity is totally alien, and into the kingdom of light. So why not use whatever means possible to excite churches with those images?
I’ve been compiling a list. It started as 6 or 7. But it keeps growing. As of today, it has 28 elements. I’ve been waiting until the list was complete to publish it, but I’ve come to realize it will never be complete. So consider this a starter list.
Sometimes, if we’re honest, it’s hard to be thankful for our church. Christians—pastors and laity alike—can be downright mean. They fight over the dumbest stuff, and they protect their church turf like they owned it. Some gossip. Some lie. Some love power and control. There are hypocrites in the church, too. They can play the game on Sunday and live like the devil the rest of the week. Some use the Bible as a club to beat people with, even when they don’t really know the Bible in the first place. Others seem to pull their theology out of a hat more than the Bible, and they turn to theology only when they’re guarding their position or their power. They’re just not lovable people sometimes, and it’s hard to be thankful for them. When it’s hard to be thankful for your church, try these suggestions:
Churches can seize the time to serve the larger community around them and reach well beyond their usual crowd. With this in mind, we wanted to share five ways churches can leverage holiday church services for growth: