Ok, its late. I’m normally not up this late. So, I know I really messed up my ‘to’s’ in the subject line. To be honest with you, I always mess them up! People in my church must think I’m illiterate sometimes!
But, this question has been swirling around in my head lately. And, these thoughts are kind of all over the place, so forgive me.
Do Pastors try to hard to get people to attend or be a part Church?
I think its a fair question. I’ve read just about every article and blog post on either side of this question.
Us Pastors, we LOVE the Church! And, why would we not want EVERYONE to be involved. To be ALL IN. To be passionate about their local church.
I can scroll for 20 seconds and see my Pastor friends posting videos and pictures about how this Sunday is going to be the most awesome Sunday ever and how people shouldn’t miss.
I am that Pastor! I believe it!
But, should we try to hard?
I’ve read some very passionate people who think the Church expects way too much out of people and needs to settle down the ‘asks’.
I’ve read some very passionate people who think the Church is the most important organization on the planet and that’s why they’re unashamed when it comes to asking for more and more commitments.
I have experienced both ends of this question and everything in between!
I have and continue to asked a lot
I am on the side of the equation that believes that the Church is the Hope of the World, so I have asked a lot of people! I have asked people to give, to sacrifice, to invest to invite, to bring, to share and to be excited.
I’ve had seasons, especially when we started the church, that I tried to be all things to everyone. I personally messaged hundreds of people every week and invited them to Thrive. I sent emails. I sent handwritten cards. I sent a lot of texts. Now, I really do enjoy doing that! Why? Because I love people’s stories!!
I began to notice that I could see a spike in attendance when I hit all cylinders of social media and reaching out.
But, the down side was…I was trying to be all things to everyone. And, as our Church grew, especially after 400 people, I couldn’t keep it up. I couldn’t respond to all the texts and all the messages. It was hard. I let people down. Almost every text started with…’I am so sorry it has taken so long to respond’.
So, I slowed down.
I asked a lot less
I’ve had seasons where I’ve received a decent amount of criticism, especially when it comes to asking people to make a commitment to honor God with their finances. Whew boy! I have taken some hits. But, I’ve experienced so many blessings, why would I not teach what the Bible has to say about giving? But, I slowed down.
And, the seasons I really slowed down with all the personal invites, I could see attendance go down a bit.
NOW…these are just my observations. Maybe I’m crazy!
I’m trying to not be the Celebrity Pastor
This is a hilarious thought to me. I am so far from even being considered in the celebrity range. I am not cool. I am short stubby guy. I don’t dress cool. I make up words. Honestly, I can’t. It would be too uncomfortable.
But, it’s easy for the Pastor to become the man. For everyone to go the Pastor. For the Pastor to teach every week. Talk to every person. Lead every project. Teach everything.
I just don’t want to be that way.
I just want Jesus to be the Celebrity in our Church
That’s my goal. For people to be so overwhelmed with His presence, His life and His love that they are…
INSPIRED to be the Church! To not just to attend or be a part. But to BE THE CHURCH!
That’s what I want! That’s why I’ve worked hard to try to do a few things…
- Empower the Thrive staff to lead.
- Raise up a local leadership team (Both Elders and a Financial team).
- Develop a teaching team. We have 4 people on our team and 2 in training.
- Teach people how to pray for one another.
I don’t know if it’s making a difference. But, I love my Church, I love THE Church and I’m passionate about people falling in love with Jesus.
What do you think about all this? I would love your thoughts.