As I mentioned last week, this past Sunday I gave my State of the Church address. As you’ll read below I talked about discipleship and simplicity, but also farts. Yeah, you read that title right. Farts. But I didn’t talk about it on purpose. Fast forward to minute 19:00, and listen in from there. Right in the middle of a discussion of discipleship, I let it slip… Let the hilarity ensue. If only you could have seen how many people were snickering, smiling from ear to ear, red-faced and shaking. It was crazy!
And now back to the State of the Church. I did say “fart” and a bunch of other things too!
I started by mentioning our church mission statement: Loving God, Loving People, and how we express that four ways: Worship, Fellowship, Discipleship and Outreach.
Notice the logical flow in them? Most people make their point of first contact with the family of Faith Church through worship on Sunday morning. Doesn’t have to be that way, but it usually is. And we would be remiss if all people did was enter our doors, sit in a pew and worship. Instead we desire them to go deeper, to become a part of the family. That requires the next step, Fellowship. We want to see people build loving relationships in the church. That will happen primarily through Care Groups. But Jesus calls us to go deeper yet, to answer the call to discipleship. That means studying the Bible and learning how to implement it in all parts of our lives. When the Discipleship Commission asks “what does it mean to be a disciple-making church” we’re talking about this. Finally, disciples will want to serve, to reach out, to make more disciples.
Where are you on the four steps? We want to see you progress, grow, mature, moving from a worshipper to a disciple who is reaching out.
I also talked about a couple of our Core Values that we need to focus on: intentional simplicity and passionate spirituality. We need to be a church that practices “less is more” philosophy. In our society “more is more”. But maybe there is a scary downside to “more is more” philosophy. What do you think? Could it be better to focus on doing a few things well?
What should it look like for Faith Church to simplify? Feel free to share your thoughts!