I used to think church was all about getting people to the building. You know, success has been painted to be how many people are coming to your church. It seemed simple enough; come up with creative ways to get as many people as possible to our service so they could hear about Jesus. While this is incredibly true to building a successful ministry, and numbers are important, church has to be more than what we do. It actually needs to become who we are. It’s needs to be more than what we think it currently is.
For many ministries, the importance of discipling programs and growth tracks is increasing. The church as a whole is becoming aware that having great church services is not the only goal. Our mission and mandate is to “Make Disciples”. To teach and direct people’s lives to become fully committed followers of Christ. It seems easy to make someone into a disciple, but we can’t until we’ve first moved them to a place where that process can begin. We move people in our services, and make them in our growth tracks and small groups. We are called to be movers and makers.
When someone is in the right place, they’re able to give birth to the dream and destiny that God has put inside of them. Mary knew something about having something in her but being the wrong place.
3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. – Luke 2:3-6 (ESV)
With Jesus ready to come into the world, the Bible was very clear on where He would be born. He would come from the tribe of Judah, the house of David, the city of Bethlehem. Notice though, the time for her to give birth didn’t come until she was in the right place. It wasn’t until she was moved from Galilee to Bethlehem that she gave birth.
As pastors and leaders, it’s our responsibility to move people from where they are to where God wants them to be. Often times we are to move them from our services into our growth tracks, small groups, and discipleship programs. This is where they are made into God has designed them to be.
We’re excited about our next Passionate Pastors gathering on August 22nd. This day is designed to discuss assimilation as well as the importance and intentionality of our growth tracks. You’ll hear from our team here at Passionate Pastors, as well as get a chance to open up with your strengths and struggles in the area of growth tracks.
We believe that the church is always edified when we come together for anything. So our prayer is that this day wouldn’t about pursuing God’s plan for our individual ministries, but also strengthening our reach as a whole and fulfilling our mission to make disciples of all nations.
We love you! Registration is still open at http://www.passionatepastors.com