Our church is a stewardship. It isn’t about us. It’s not even about our city anymore. The church in America is undergoing a transformation . . . and we’re part of it. Churches all over the country look to us for leadership. Our success gives them permission to do new things, to try new approaches. But to continue to be a church unchurched people love to attend, we need to be fully engaged. We are serious about transforming the local church in our city and the nation. We want to change the world by changing the church. How can you participate?
If you feel any sense of ownership of what’s happening at our church or if you want to feel a sense ownership, here’s what you can do: connect in a group, serve on a team, give a percentage, and invite a friend.
Scripture: John 13:34–35 — “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
How have you connected, served, or given to the church in the past? Was it worth the time, energy, and resources you invested? Why or why not?
Have you ever invited a friend to church? If so, talk about your experience.
When you think about connecting, serving, giving, or inviting, which appeals to you? Why?
When you think about connecting, serving, giving, or inviting, which challenges you? Why?
What step can you take this week to connect, serve, give, and invite?
Communicator, author, and pastor Andy Stanley founded Atlanta-based North Point Ministries in 1995. Today, NPM is comprised of six churches in the Atlanta area and a network of 30 churches around the globe, collectively serving nearly 70,000 people weekly. As the host of Your Move with Andy Stanley, with over five million messages consumed each month through television and podcast, and the author of 20-plus books, including The New Rules for Love, Sex & Dating; Ask It; How to Be Rich; Deep & Wide; Visioneering; and Next Generation Leader, he is considered one of the most influential living pastors in America. Andy and his wife, Sandra, have three grown children and live near Atlanta.