Summer is here! While most people look forward to summer with cookouts, vacations, beaches, and camping for many ministries and minister’s it can be a real down time at the church. Church attendance always drops during the summer. This is why you see all kinds of materials published about ways to keep your attendance up in the summer.
Like it or not in the church world we gauge success by the strength of church attendance.
Actually there are two schools of thought when it comes to church success. The first school of thought is what I just mentioned, how many people come through the door each Sunday. The second school of thought is holiness. This line of thought gets ministers off the hook for low attendance. The thought is if you focus your church on being holy then you will not have large numbers because naturally to be holy you have to be negative and point out everyone’s faults.
I believe both are right. I believe a healthy church will be attracting and focused on helping the unconvinced about the truth of Jesus Christ. I also believe that a healthy church is a safe place where people can grow to become more and more like Jesus Christ.
This is why I believe a healthy church is a fruitful church. It’s interesting to see in the Bible how the word “fruit” is used in conjunction with the church in the Bible. Note these few verses:
The prophet Jeremiah said this about a person following God, “He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
Jesus said this about the church and disciples, “He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” John 5:2,4
The great Apostle Paul says the purpose of our life with Christ was to bear much fruit, “So, my brothers, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit to God.” Romans 7:4
I know part of our dream is to build a community center/place of worship on our Chuckatuck campus, but let us remember that the building means nothing unless we are bearing fruit in our personal lives and as a church family now.
Have Yourself Committed!