Communicate Jesus often has some very practical things to say about church life & leadership as well as pointing out top shelf resources.
In a recent post on expectations & first impressions, Steve Kryger tells his story of a much anticipated cafe breakfast that unfortunately goes nowhere near his expectations.
He then connects his experience to the challenge we face as church leaders in creating good first impressions for their visitors.
We try really hard at C3 Hepburn Heights to give our visitors outstanding hospitality & a “let’s visit again” experience.
What are your strategies to ensuring your church takes really good care of visitors?
I first heard Phil Pringle preach in 1987 at a church conference in Perth.
I was a young pastor & Phil was in the early years of leading a dynamic & fast growing church in Sydney’s northern beaches.
My initial reaction was astonishment at how such a young guy could be so trendy, bold & anointed all at the same time!
I loved his turn of phrase & story telling. Phil has a unique way of stating truth.
But what I loved even more was the encounter I had with God at that conference. I had a vision that I can still remember to this day.
Incredibly, every time I would hear Phil minister throughout the ensuing decade I would have a very significant encounter with God.
Encounters that I can still recall today with stunning clarity.
I guess it’s no real surprise then that we joined Phil’s movement, C3 Church in 2001 when we were looking to join a visionary movement.
Undoubtedly God had been preparing my heart for years.
My only regret is I took so long to jump into C3 Church!
This has got me thinking.
How many specific healing miracles are noted in the book of Acts?
According to my count, five. The lame guy at Gate Beautiful (Ch 5), Aeneas (9), Tabitha (14), Lystran man (14) & Eutychus (20).
How many churches planted in the book of Acts?
Well at least fifteen are mentioned. Jerusalem, Samaria, Damascus, Caesarea, Antioch, Pisidian Antioch, Iconium, Lystra, Derbe, Philippi, Thessalonica, Berea, Corinth, Ephesus & Rome.
I wonder why Luke included so few specific miracles. A number of times he states that miracles & healings were occurring but does not give us the details.
Maybe Luke has a subtle message for us about our priorities in church life & was more focused on church growth than signs & wonders.
Anyway, it certainly got me thinking.
Dean Sweetman, C3 USA Director & C3 Atlanta Senior Pastor just spent a weekend with us, speaking at various meetings.
He had a significant & positive impact on our church.
But why do I have guest speakers in our church? What’s the point?
Here’s a few reasons …
1. Fresh voice – it’s not so much the new thing spoken that gets our attention as a fresh vessel presenting ancient truth
2. Values renewal – guest speakers in our church bring inculcated values that I want to emphasise
3. Story – guest speakers carry their story into our midst & it invariably intersects with our journey, fueling us for kingdom advance
4. Links – guys like Dean strengthen our link into our C3 movement
Of course all these things add to your church growth endeavors.
Dean did all this & more – top bloke!
You can find Dean on Twitter.