Inigo Montoya said it best. “Let me explain… No, there is too much. Let me sum up. Buttercup is marrying Humperdinck in a little less than half an hour, so all we have to do is get in, break up the wedding, steal the Princess, and make our escape after I kill Count Rugen.”
Let me sum up. The last few weeks at Dayspring have brought significant conversations with the congregation. Reflections on the recent mission trip to Uganda, alongside reflections on the relative strengths and weaknesses of the Ugandan church and Dayspring, led to some important public dialog at our Friday Family Fellowship. This in turn led to conversations with Pastor Robert’s fellow ministers in the PCA, and then that led to more public discussion at Dayspring during the COMMIT hour on Sunday.
More concretely: Dayspring needs to grow. We are shrinking. There are things to do to help us be the kind of church that people attend and join, but we are either not doing them or are doing them poorly because we don’t have enough people committed to volunteering and serving.
Two young women, after hearing the problems facing Dayspring, stated with prophetic clarity that we have an external problem and internal one. The external is that we are treating our situation like a closed box, and it’s actually not. We can keep discussing the situation as if our problems and solutions all must fit into “a box” or we can think and act outside that box, and bring in fresh answers and challenges. While risky, this changes the whole dynamic and opens up “the box” to external help. The internal matter is about the heart. Our desires need to change from concerns about survival and safety to more biblical, mature ones such as the eternal destiny of the lost, a church for our children in the future.
As I presented our own situation and what these two women said to some of my minister friends, they responded with clarity that what was missing was evangelism. That is what they have found addresses the internal and external challenges of Dayspring.
So for this week, we want to apply this idea and see what God does. Our goal is for each member of Dayspring to pray for three unchurched people they know, and then invite them to our services this weekend.
This is not complicated. You just write down three names and pray for them during the day and then invite them once early in the week, then again at the end, praying for God’s Spirit to be at work in your heart and theirs.
If you don’t know three unchurched people, then join a Facebook group in the Hernando County area and start chatting with people and make three contacts and start praying and inviting.
For each cultural holiday and opportunity to renew this invitation, pray for and invite unchurched friends to our church services and special events.
For each person that comes to a real relationship with Jesus Christ through this outreach, we will put a single white rose in a vase up front. How many roses will be in that vase by next Easter? God only knows.
But what I know for certain is that the best and safest way we may address the internal and external problems we have with growth at Dayspring is by the following the basic biblical directives to be creating opportunities for baptizing new believers and discipling them.
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