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What I dream for a church

Sparked by Dan Kimball’s recent blog post, I put together my own dream for a church, especially as it pertains to me in ministry.

In no particular order:

— A church that respects me, my gifts and abilities.
— A church that grants me the freedom to fail (within reason, of course!).
— A church that holds to no “sacred cow” “just because.”
— A church that gives freedom to accomplish our mission in new and experimental ways.
— A church that values my time and guards the realistic expectations placed on it.
— A church that knows the balance between fun and maturity.
— A church that saturates its ministry in prayer.
— A church that follows the Holy Spirit more than a person.
— A church where people feel safe to be transparent and vulnerable with each other.
— A church where leadership models transparency and genuineness.
— A church where everyone is valued and loved equally regardless of spirituality or financial income.
— A church that continually grows in the grace and knowledge of the Lord.
— A church where I am challenged in my personal walk with the Lord.
— A church that openly and passionately worships God.
— A church that uses its positive reputation to impact the community for Christ.
— A church that understands they are paying me, not me AND my wife.
— A church that allows my ministry to reflect my heart and personality as it coincides with the overarching church and youth ministry philosophies.
— A church that values sound theology while fellowshipping with other members of the body who hold to opposing viewpoints.
— A church that bases everything it does on the foundation of scripture.
— A church that sees ministry as a “kingdom mindset.”


Posted on June 14, 2006

  • phillip

    How much of this dream do you see in our church?

  • :razz: I attend a church that fits all those dreams.

    I applaud you for your work in the teen ministry.

    We need more men that will encourage our teens to live for chrsit and not limit themselves because of their age.

  • I think you will like this sermon. Give it a listen when you have time.

    Great local church here in CNY.

    It is the 6/11/06 sermon

    http://alcclife.org/resources/sermons.htm

  • Tim-

    Thanks for your encouraging remarks on my Blog.
    Your goals for a church sound very healthy….
    I will pray for you (and your wife to be) that God will provide. (because He always does)

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