Musings on Spiritual Matters

by Matthew Morine

Do Less, To Do More

One of the classic complaints of a congregation is “there is not enough going on.”  This complaint can be broken down into various areas.  There is not enough teen activities, not enough fellowship for the young couples, there is not enough evangelism (well this one might be true), there is not enough…..  This often repeated complaint can have powerfully negative influences on a congregation.  It is leveled against leadership.  Why do you not do more?  And the leaders, whoever they are in this context, jump.  And this is hurting our churches.  First of all, churches can be doing too much for its size.  There is too much going on which makes everything difficult to do.  Why?  People are over committed, or under committed and like it so, there is not enough resources,  when it happens, it happens poorly.  So what to do?

1. First, who is saying the comment?  Some people always say there is not enough happening because they are not doing anything.  Those who are working are working themselves to death, while the consumer of church is asking for more.  People will say that want this or that, but once it is here, they will not even participate or even show up to it.

2. Second, why is it our job?  People will always have good ideas, and will share them with leadership, the probably is that the leadership is involved in a ton of work already. People will become upset because they shared a idea and the leadership did not act.  It was not that the leaders did not like it, it was that they could not get it done.  There was no more room at the inn for the idea.  Members must know that ideas are a dime a dozen, but execution is what is needed.  Mostly, if you have an idea, you have to own it.

3. Third, where is the vision?  All ideas are good ideas if you do not know where you are going.  Resources in a congregation are limited.  You only have so many people and funds.  What is most important is to do that which is most important.  Spending time in the non producing areas will lead to little.

4. Fourth, how can we be effective?  According to size, churches should have plans of that most important areas and work them most.  If it expands to another area, it is done intentionally.  Do not add to add.  You will only hurt the most important works, and not strengthen the congregation.

There is still a lot I like to say on this topic.  Look for some more posts.  This is one of the most important areas for a church.

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About The Author

Matthew is originally from Nova Scotia, Canada. He has a beautiful wife named Charity and a precious baby named Gabrielle. He has graduated from the Brown Trail School of Preaching, Heritage Christian University with his Bachelors of Arts in Biblical Studies, Lipscomb University with his Master’s of Arts in Biblical Studies and his Master’s of Divinity at Freed-Hardeman University. He is presently working towards his Doctorate of Ministry at Harding Graduate School of Religion. His articles have appeared in the World Evangelist, the Highway to Holiness, The West Virginia Christian, The Christian Echo, The Firm Foundation, Church Growth, and the Gospel Advocate. He enjoys hockey, golf, boxing, and chess. In his spare time he enjoys reading numerous genres of books. Also, he is working on climbing all of the 14ers in Colorado. Matthew is the Pulpit Minister for the Castle Rock church of Christ.

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