I’m not the person who makes the rules or guidelines for churches in this world … but here are a few I’d make if I could.
- Don’t be afraid to take a risk.
- Honor the past – but don’t live in it.
- Live in the present, but keep your eyes on the future.
- Live church. Be church. Do church.
- See past events, successes and failures, as stepping-stones not stop signs.
- Never be comfortable or satisfied where you are.
- Don’t read the book of Acts without living the book of Acts.
- Don’t be afraid to try because you’re afraid to fail.
- Pursue learning in order to be transformed, not learning in order to know.
- Realize that Jesus was criticized, and you probably will be too.
- Be an army for engagement not observation.
- Focus on what could be, not on what is or has been.
- NEVER be limited to the four walls of the building. Your influence is not restricted by location.
- Be more concerned about how many people you send out into the world than you are about how many you convince to come into the building. Buildings are meant to be filled, but they are not a measure of who you are or a measure of your effectiveness.
- Raise up world changers – not tour guides. Train commandos, not committees.
- Jesus is the message the world needs to hear. You can’t preach Jesus too often.
- Understand that God’s unconcerned about the color of the carpet or padding on the pews in your building. He IS concerned about people. Be in the people business.
What rule/guideline would you add if you could?
(COMMENT OF THE DAY: jerriann said… “My favorite comment is train commandos, not committees. When I gave my life to Christ, at age 28, I was afraid to go back into the church buildings because I knew people would see how broken I was. Hungry, hurting, seeking people should not be afraid of the judgement of people in church buildings. But they are. I don’t think it was as much the church’s fault as my own damaged perception. I just want so badly for hurting people to know the life that Jesus has for them. Here, on this earth, right now.”)