Every single individual in the Kingdom of God has a place in ministry.
Are you doing your part? I’m asking you. You’re the only one reading this right now. What are you doing to help your local church grow??
There are some days on the Christian Church calendar that we’re accustomed to having more people than usual in attendance for corporate worship. But on most Sundays, unchurched and out of church people don’t just show up. They need a personal invitation with some encouragement.
If your local church is in a season of growth, thank God. Work with momentum so it can keep going and growing. Don’t take this season for granted.
One of the best ways I know to win some to Christ is to be winsome in your attitudes and actions. Use these 9 winsome ways to help your local church. They all start with the letter P, so you can take this list personally.
Pretend for a few minutes that you’re not a regular at your church. Pretend you’ve been invited; this Sunday will be your first time on the church campus. Can you imagine how weird or awkward you would feel as a first-time guest? How would you want to be treated?
Pray to the Lord of the Harvest, and believe God for each person present in your service to come to faith in Christ after hearing the good news message of Jesus Christ. Pray for each person there to commit to following Christ, evidenced by spiritual fruit.
Plan to be there. Accept no excuses. You have family and friends that need you to stick to every Sunday attendance. Also, plan to arrive a few minutes early and connect with people you don’t know. People need more than a handshake and a worship guide. They need to know someone cares for them.
Park your vehicle as far away as possible. Leave the good spots open for guests, senior adults, those with special needs, and first-time guests. Faithful servants of God don’t insist on having one of the best spots in the paved lot.
Provide a friendly smile to everyone you see. Every person you encounter has room for one more kind soul in their life. Whether you know them or not, and whether they have one or not, please give them your smile. And, by all means, if the person appears to need direction, kindly offer to escort them where they need to go.
Pick a seat as near as possible to the front of your worship center. First-time guests are usually more comfortable in the seats closest to the lobby. Leave those good seats for newcomers or guests arriving late.
Participate wholeheartedly in the worship service. Prove to everyone present that Jesus is your Lord by giving Him the worship He deserves. Stand up and worship Him! Please don’t keep them guessing.
Pause toward the end of the service. Please don’t leave during the invitation or prayer time. If you leave early, you could disturb an individual with whom the Spirit of God is dealing and who has significant needs.
Persist in these unselfish acts of love. Pursue excellence every Sunday of the year. Slowly but surely, create a guest-first culture within your congregation. Persist in inviting unchurched and out-of-church people.
Genuine Christian hospitality prepares people to come to faith in Christ and have the best possible worship experience.Tweet
This list of winsome ways to help your church grow is a simple call to forsake selfishness. Be more like Jesus by considering the needs of others as more important than your own.