This most likely a deeper topic than a simple post could cover without getting to drawn out but I wanted to post and understand what others think as well. Last night I was under conviction concerning men and women in the pews that really do nothing week after week but write a check to the church. I praise God they are willing to do that, God's work needs to be supported! I wanted to get that out of the way first because it's importance can not be underscored enough. But it is not where I want to go with this.
I want to get your opinion on church ministry. It would be good if there were a central church full of God-loving, Bible-believing, Christ-honoring, loving one another people who took the ministry into their neighborhoods. But in what I have seen this is not the case. Instead I see the members going because of the "Perks" the church can offer for their children and for themselves in most cases. Before you drag me through the gutter consider this: These churches have children's ministries that are huge. They have huge playgrounds, game rooms full of the latest in electronic gadgetry and movies galore. They serve continental breakfasts to each child and give them milk and cookie breaks. At least one hour of the two they are there is simply play. There is, however, worship service and bible study provided. Sounds good huh? The bulk of the membership is coming because of this. On the other hand one of the churches offers breakfast or early lunch to the members. In this one you can worship in the sanctuary or at a dinner table while eating and watching church on the big screen.
The Bible teaches that God bestows gifts on the members of the church to do the work of ministry. We all are aware of this. They can be from serving, to giving, to music ministry, to preaching and teaching. But in these two churches alone, after interviewing many members, their are hundreds of men and women called to lead, teach, preach, and sing but are not doing it because there are only so many slots for this. So instead, because of the "Perks" and complete unaccountability that comes in huge crowds, they vegetate Sunday after Sunday never fulfilling the ministry God bestowed upon them.
Some one please tell me I am foolish or there is something wrong with this picture! While dozens of churches in the city are on their knees begging fo someone to play the piano or teach a class the ones gifted to do so are sitting in a pew or at a dinner table for church on the other side of town. Wouldn't it be nice if there was a wake-up call?
IMO it is time these churches branch out. It is time to get out of your comfort zone and start witnessing, evangelizing, and practicing your spiritual gift. There are churches in need out there. They may be small, they may be dirty, maybe the floors are not carpeted or they are in bad shape. Maybe the roof leaks or the building needs painted. But in these areas are living souls that God created.
It is time that the church started being church. Am I wrong?
Here is a solution to consider: It is quite possible that most church-goers are not aware of the needs in the community. A publication that makes these needs known may be what is in order. What are some other ideas? Or what are some ways to get the word out? Maybe I am being too optimistic? I do believe God promises to supply our needs personally and as a church body. I do not believe that churches that dot a city landscape are all washed up unless there is just no population around them. Some will stay small but they still have ministry needs. Is it asking too much for us to leave our comfort zones?