5. Keep focused on your purpose.
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Although you might beg to differ, the Walt Disney Company does not exist primarily to make money, but to fulfill the vision of its founder, Walt Disney, who said on opening day of Disneyland “that it may be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.” Obviously your church’s purpose is not to merely be a “happy place” (at least I hope that's not its sole purpose), but it is to edify and equip the believers to live for Christ in this world, and to display the transforming power of the Holy Spirit so that all my come to know that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).
Lest you believe I'm telling you to become a seeker church that ignores deep teaching and focuses on tingling ears and becoming a feel-good country club, let me remind you to keep focused on your purpose. Why does your church exist? To worship and glorify God through the proclamation of His Word? To edify and equip believers? To motivate others to share their faith and thereby make disciples of Jesus Christ? Once you know your purpose, keep that ever before you and the other things will fall into place.
I love the Disney company and what it's done for my daughter. I love the way it makes magic for others. But I don’t love it more than I love the church – the one for whom Christ died and the institution which He set up and promised not even the gates of hell will prevail against. Take what is worthwhile from this article and toss the rest out, but at least be willing to give it a try. Ask yourself without compromising on the Word of God: How can we make our guests feel loved and accepted so they sense – not the magic and the spirit of Walt – but the very love and presence of Christ?
Cindi McMenamin is a Bible teacher, pastor’s wife, and national speaker who helps women and couples strengthen their walk with God and their relationships. She is the author of 16 books, including the best-selling When Women Walk Alone (more than 125,000 copies sold), When a Woman Overcomes Life’s Hurts, When God Sees Your Tears, and her newest book, Drama Free: Finding Peace When Emotions Overwhelm You. For more on her speaking ministry, books, or free articles to strengthen your soul, marriage, or parenting, see her website www.StrengthForTheSoul.com.
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