Dr. Charles Revis, Executive Minister, ABC of the Northwest

I was made aware this week that Granger Community Church is holding it's annual training conference, Innovate 09. Without a doubt, this is one of the most creative churches in America. And, they multiply new followers of Jesus like crazy. God bless them for their efforts. One of the staff pastors is blogging the conference. It's worth following at Entermission by Rob Wagner.

Senior Pastor, Mark Beeson, kicked off the first session. In the middle of his talk he made the following comments:

"Part of what holds your team together is you. Please know...it IS personal. When many people say NO to your church, they are saying NO because of you."

Many people who are saying Yes are saying Yes because they want to pursue the mission and vision with YOU.

Honestly, I do not want to think about the implications of this. If true, and I know it is, then we need to seriously evaluate how we are doing with our own spiritual health, our passion for Christ, our love for people and the clarity of the vision we are casting. If we're sputtering along in these areas people will not be compelled to follow us. If we're making progress in these areas more and more people will desire to be a part of our team. It's that simple, and that hard.

2009 © Dr. Charles Revis, ABC Northwest
[This article is from Dr. Revis’ blog, www.missionnorthwest.blogspot.com]