“Less is more.” This adage has relieved many an individual oversaturated by information in a digital age. But, in the life of the church, isn’t “more”, better? If ASCC were to accomplish the mission that we’ve set out on, what would that look like? We’re answering that in this series by proposing: conversions and baptisms, families with children grow up here; we become both a compelling and controversial community, and, multiple leaders are being developed.
But hear this key question out:
“Once we start producing a pipeline of maturing leaders and members, do we keep them all to ourselves?”
We’ll know we are accomplishing our mission of making King Jesus unignorable through the establishment of redemptive presence in our parish neighborhood as we start “bleeding” really good leaders. Granted, you need some good leaders to stick around for a long period of time in one place, but other than seeing members get re-located to other regions for jobs or promoted to heaven, one of the “best” ways for a church to build Christ’s kingdom is by strategically “losing” people. That is, when we plan to send members to start a new church or breathe new life into a declining one in another parish neighborhood, we are losing them to a good cause, a bigger cause than our own church. Like the starfish who reproduces by losing one of its arms, we as the local church do well to plan for losing for the sake of someone else’s “win.” And, like a starfish, we hope that our “lost” arm (that sent-out member), will grow back through other stronger or new members. Or, consider how great it would be if our church matured to the point that we actually sent out some of our people overseas as gospel workers (missions).
We shouldn’t hoard up our people and “pennies” only for this immediate church. We exist for the SPREAD of God’s glory through and with other local churches. We can’t do it alone. We need other churches, and other churches need us. Nor should we want to do these noble works to make a name for ourselves. “Jesus must increase, and we must decrease” (John 3:30).
In the end, Lose=WIN.