Monday, October 10, 2011

Well Done And Done Well

Today must be Miscellany Monday.  We haven't done a miscellany post in awhile.  We have a couple of different items, today.  A service for churches that could help them be able to do more.  And a question for our readers.


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1Corinthians 14:40  Let all things be done decently and in order.

We’ve all heard that verse used in application in all kinds of situations.  And we all know the verses about being good stewards of the resources we’re given.  That all can be especially true of church leaders.  But, sometimes, that’s easier said than done.  Which was the idea that brought about Church Simple.  A way for churches to do more with their resources.

No matter what size a church is, there are a lot of basic things that need to get done and a pastor or his staff may not have the expertise, time or resources to do them in the best way to be a truly good steward.  Unless you’re a megachurch, there’s always a question as to how best use whatever resources you have.  Picture yourself as the senior pastor of a small church.  You have staffing and bookkeeping needs, you need to increase the offerings, grow the church, get people excited about evangelism, get them excited about what the Word can do in their lives, counsel some.  All while still teaching the flock one or more times a week and needing to take time to prepare for that and perform weddings, funerals and baptisms.  It’s easy for the pastor and those helping him to get stretched out pretty quickly.

That’s why Church Simple came into existence.  Similar to a good hotel, Church Simple brings in the church concierge to help determine church needs, advise and train how to meet them.  The church concierge helps the church staff function better, help the church be friendly and responsive to new visitors and the congregation, and make the community connections to best help the flock and the surrounding community.  Which lets the pastor and church leaders get more involved in ministry and less tied down by administration.  The church concierge is available for as brief or long a time as you need.

No, this isn’t a sponsored post.  Take a look at the really large churches.  It’s what they do with staff, money, volunteers and time.  Any place smaller doesn’t have an abundance of those.  So, having a resource to help a church be able to do more and do it better is a really interesting idea.  If Church Simple sounds like what your church needs to get it thriving,  go to http://churchsimple.net and check them out.  There’s a contact form you can fill out if you’d like someone from Church Simple to contact you with further information.

If you contact Church Simple as a result of this post, I’d like to hear back about your experiences.  Is it helping you to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant….” (Matthew 25:23)  because you’ve done it well?  What are your thoughts?

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You’ve noticed that some of our posts are illustrated by some really great photographs, courtesy of the photographers.  Those are requested as they draw out a thought to share.  The photographers I seem to like are popular and busy.  So, response is not always as quick as I might like.  So far, they’ve all been positive, one pending.

I have a camera on the way to take some of my own pictures -- no guarantees.  It’s been a long time since I’ve done any serious photography.

The other option is that I could also pay a fee to use a stock photo service.  But I’d need a way to cover that cost. 

Those choices bring me to a question (or two).  Do the photographs make enough difference to possibly include one with each post?  Or is once each week or two sufficient to make things more interesting?  What are your thoughts?

2 comments:

  1. Bill this is most interesting to me as as a Presbyterian It a verse I hear a lot. And at times to me it seems like a sea anchor slowing down change and sometimes getting in the way of forward thinking! At other times it seems like a comforting thought!

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  2. I can see how, in application, it could be used to slow change, sometimes incorrectly. But, if you look at the context, Paul's talking about not coveting the gifts over the gift of Christ. And as he continues into chapter 15, he comes right out and says so.

    If there's any slowing of change, Paul is saying the focus needs to be on God first. Then change will come out of that relationship, not out of a social Gospel that, at best, puts Jesus second.

    Forward thinking can't be a goal unto itself. Progress has to be God ordained. His plan and His timing work much better than anything that we can come up with. If I complain that something didn't happen when or how I thought it ought to, I'm really saying there's something wrong with God's plan. And I'd be saying I know more than God. That's a place I don't want to go.

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