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Insight 305: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Motivating Action Around Health and Strength

FaithSoaring Churches 100CLRCongregations seeking to transform realize that there is more motivation within the congregation for focusing on signs of health and strength then they initially believe there might be. However, they also realize they must cultivate this thinking, communicate this information, and motivate action around this. In other words, it takes positive, proactive leadership.

Congregations who fail to transform focus around signs of health and strength easily fall into a pattern of weakness and illness. This latter approach is unfortunately more natural for the typical congregation and does become a disease that must be confronted. It will kill a transformation movement.


Insight 304: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Changing Their Culture

FaithSoaring Churches 100CLRCongregations seeking to transform seeking to understand the cultural patterns that have developed within their fellowship, and gently but firmly challenge them in light of the new things God might be calling on them to do. They understand culture as “its unique outward expression of its shared beliefs and values.” [Malphurs and Penfold. Re:Vision, 2014.]

While many things about culture are good and positive, congregations can also become too comfortable with their culture patterns. As their community context changes, and as the call of God seeks to pull them forward, their love of their current culture may become a barrier.


Insight 303: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Connecting with New Residents

FaithSoaring Churches 100CLRCongregations seeking to transform often do not have the luxury of visibly observing their community context growing or shifting with new residents. Unlike the suburban edge of cities they do not see the new houses. Their housing stock is substantially present. Yet, their community context may be experiencing major transition.

Congregations need to discover these transition patterns, identify the families/households transitioning into their context, and connect with them within the first six to 18 months they are present. If this connection is not made in this time frame the social patterns of the new residents will already be established.


Insight 302: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Drawing Out of Adults Their Spiritual Needs

FaithSoaring Churches 100CLRCongregations seeking to transform are not only focusing on high quality programs for children under 12 years old, but also on the faith development of the heads of households. Their parents, and others who lead their households, have spiritual needs. Often they are not called upon to express these because their focus is on the needs of their children.

Wise congregations organize for and staff for the needs of young adult households with a holistic approach that looks at the entire family unit starting with the perspectives of the heads of households. Seems counterintuitive, but it is an important perspective


Insight 301: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Having Appropriate Programs for Children

FaithSoaring Churches 100CLRCongregations seeking to transform realize that if parents of children do not feel comfortable that high quality and appropriate things are happening with their children, then they are not likely to commit to the congregation. If the parents come from a churched background, they also want to be sure that age appropriate faith development things are happening for their children.

It is also fine for their kids to have fun at church, and to like the people who lead them. Even young children can communicate whether or not their feel safe and loved at church. Parents are looking for this.