One of our Elder-elects, Bobby Pauley, paid attention to something that God put in his path a few months ago. He was visiting a family member when he noticed a book. He picked up the book and read it. The book was Scrappy Church by Thom Rainer.
Bobby sensed God's prompting to share the book with other leaders. He bought multiple copies and passed them out to some of our Elders and Deacons. Others, in turn, bought the book and shared their copies with others. Eventually, we decided that all of our Elders and Deacons (both currently serving and those who have served in the past) should read it.
At this point, a large majority of our leadership (both current and past) have read the book. The primary focus of the book is to provide a road map for churches regarding how to engage a community, welcome in new people and help them stay connected. Rainer provides examples of how churches have lived into these steps.
Our Elders and Deacons met a few Sundays ago to discuss the content of the book and brainstorm possibilities in the three areas. I was deeply encouraged by the energy in the room. I was also excited to see many of our at-large Elders and Deacons re-engage in the work with their gifts. The groups will be pulling together ideas in the coming weeks and we will all meet again in January.
I believe that these renewed efforts will help us to experience and share the love of Christ with more and more people in our community. I cannot wait to see how we can utilize our gifts and shared interests to reach out and welcome more people into our church family. God has blessed us with so many gifts and we will have fresh opportunities to share them with one another and with our community in 2020 and beyond!
Do you want to join in the conversation and discernment?
I invite you to read the book - https://www.amazon.com/Scrappy-Church-Gods-Not-Done/dp/1535945818/
I would love to connect with you about caught your attention and see how you can help us as we move forward together as a church family.