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Frustrated? It Is Probably Your Fault

Submitted by James Higginbotham on March 22, 2010 – 4:39 amNo Comment

I sometimes talk with staff and leaders that are frustrated with their current situation. Their church membership isn’t giving enough of their time volunteering. Their church isn’t giving enough (or at all) back to the church in tithes and offerings. Where does the fault lie when your church isn’t doing what you expect them to do? Most likely it is your fault.

People do what they see others doing. That is why I often speak on using the “I do, you follow. You do I follow. You do, another follows” technique when growing your ministry. This not only extends to how you perform team activities, but also to the attitude of everyone in your church.

Is your church not volunteering enough? Are they not giving enough? Most likely they are failing to see it because they are failing to be taught the reasons why they should do so. I’m not just speaking of the personal benefits (more blessings, a joyful heart, obedience to God’s Word, etc). I’m speaking on the root issue of failing to have an active relationship with God.

Those actively pursuing God are more likely to give back. They stop, pray, and listen to God’s direction in their lives. If God calls them to give time, they will give time. The important thing is knowing what to do to prepare both them and you for when this happens.

You need to build into your church the idea of discipleship. Discipleship is the teaching of your local church body to become disciplined Christ followers. This means more than an invitation on a Sunday, attending 90% of your Sunday services, and giving 10% back. It means spending time to guide them in understanding how to develop their personal relationship with Christ for the rest of their life.

Discipleship starts with you. It starts with you taking them through a process that teach the basics and helps them to grow from infants to adults.

Disciple ends with them. It ends by them investing their time in others to disciple them.

Frustrated? Create disciples, not guilty church members. You’ll see a dramatic change in your local church.

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