Seventy-five years ago, people attended and were involved in church because they were supposed to be.
Fifty years ago, fewer people attended and were involved in church but many of those who were did so because church met some sort of need for them.
Thirty years ago, people attended and were involved in church because their kids needed spiritual training of some sort.
Today, fewer people than ever attend and are involved in church but many of those who are do so because they want to be a part of something bigger than they are.
Many of the largest and fastest growing churches call themselves a “movement” and do a great job of making their folks feel as if they are part of something community and world-altering.
But not all of those churches are the ones with the most engaged congregations.
Thriving churches today not only make their members feel as if the church is making a difference but that they as individuals are making a difference due to their involvement in the church.
These churches connect the personal sense of calling of men, women, and children to the mission of the church.
Miss that first part and people may be entranced for a while but they end up feeling like a cog in a machine, or part of the background. It’s tough to feel vitally engaged when you have a sense that a rock star pastor or an overwhelming call to be a ‘spectacular move of God’ would happen with or without you.
Thriving church culture says “Yes, we are part of something big and bold and life-changing here. The mission of the church is bigger than any one person.”
But that’s not all it says. The message continues…
“You have a big, bold, and life-changing call on your life as well. You have a vocation. You were made different to make a difference. We need you and your personal calling is vital and to be honored. Let’s figure out together how we can help you live out God’s calling in a way that brings life to you and as we do that we’ll accomplish has for our church”.
Does that describe your church culture?
This message is rooted in the fact that every person in your church has the innate desire to make a difference. God put it there. He will make sure it gets lived out. It’s best that this happen as part of a community of faith. But that doesn’t happen by default.
The work of crafting a thriving church culture is part of the work of every leader as sure as evangelism, discipleship and pastoral care are.
That’s what we live to do at Transforming Church. We’d love to help you optimize a church culture so that every member is teed up to make a difference according to their God-given identity – and that your church thrives as a result.
Two offers for you.
Reach out and connect with one of our Culture Architects here.
Or download a free White Paper about organizational culture that is super-relevant for churches here.