As stated in my first message, “this is an opportune time for an exciting and vibrant ministry, through worship, fellowship, Sunday School, evangelism, and other ministry programs.” This message has been a thread that runs through every meeting I have attended to date, and will continue for a long while.
One of my priorities is to grow our church membership through worship, fellowship, and service. Worship is the most valuable thing we may share with members of our community. Sunday worship is functionally a spiritual discipline and a primary way most people connect with the church and connect with God. Sadly, people who are disconnected from the church’s weekly ministry rarely grow spiritually. I encourage you all to attend church worship services every week and invite someone to join you in worship. Church members who invite people to attend church will tend not to miss church.
With your support and the inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit we can experience numerical church growth by:
1. Demonstrating Christian characteristics that indicate vibrancy and attractional qualities of Jesus Christ;
2. Boosting church attendance;
3. Strengthening the quality of Bible Study;
4. Encouraging your family members, friends and colleagues to attend church worship services;
5. Encouraging you to be more earnest in prayers for the pastor and the church family; and
6. Sharing your faith/personal testimony with the unchurched persons with whom you come in contact. It is an undeniable fact that sharing your faith grows your faith.
Many of us have come a long way in our Christian journey and because God will not leave us nor forsake us, the future of our church is blessed. Let us rededicate ourselves to a future filled with great possibilities. Remember God’s word of encouragement and hope: “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. I have plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope.” (Jer. 29:11) Our future is also summed up by St. Paul, “But it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Cor. 2:9).