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Essential Elements

Jan 06, 2019 | Ron Moore

Kick-Off 2019

Ephesians 4:11-16

How are we doing with the call that God has place on our church?

There were three things that characterized an apostle.

  • He had to be commissioned by Christ (Matthew 10:5)
  • He possessed supernatural gifts (Matthew 10:8)
  • He had to have seen the Lord (Acts 1:22)

Goal #1: Increase the investment and intentionality in the health, growth, and development of our staff and key leaders.

WHY? Staff and key leaders must be appropriately equipped to more effectively serve our church family.

Goal #2: Increase the development and intentionality to empower all campuses for local ministry.

WHY? Each campus must develop local leadership, local resources, and local ministry.

Goal #3: Significantly improve our process for connection and assimilation.

WHY? People need to belong, grow, and serve to experience purpose and meaning.

The Pew Research Center conducts polls concerning religious issues. In their latest survey they found that “Religious Nones” are among the fastest growing group.

Religious Nones

  • Atheists
  • Agnostics
  • Nothing

Their specific explanations include the following statements:

  • ‘‘Learning about evolution when I went away to college.’’
  • ‘‘Religion is the opiate of the people.’’
  • ‘‘Rational thought makes religion go out the window.’’
  • ‘‘Lack of any sort of scientific or specific evidence of a creator.’’
  • ‘‘I just realized somewhere along the line that I didn’t really believe it.’’
  • ‘‘I’m doing a lot more learning, studying and kind of making decisions myself rather than listening to someone else.” 

Here’s what Wallace concludes:

“Ex-Christians often leave the church because they don’t think anyone in the church can answer their questions or make a case. It’s time for believers to accept their responsibility to explain what Christianity proposes and why these propositions are true, especially when interacting with young people who have legitimate questions.

“Rather than embracing a blind or unreasonable faith, Christians must develop an informed, forensic faith that can stand up in the marketplace of ideas. We know why young Christians are leaving. Now it’s time to give them a reason to stay.”

https://hillfaith.blog/2018/12/27/big-challenges-for-christians-in-latest-nones-survey-results/#more-475

Developing followers of Jesus is not just for us…it is for generations to come. What we do today will determine what we leave tomorrow.

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