Insight 007: FaithSoaring Churches Have a Deep Commitment to Missional Engagement

FaithSoaring Churches 100CLRCongregations who transform understand the highest priority is the mission of God and not the mission of their congregational survival. They understand the greatest value is being received by those to whom we are sent, rather than an over focus on themselves. They realize they must see beyond themselves to those who need the unconditional love of God through Jesus Christ.

They are proactively involved in missional engagement that goes beyond doing good works towards being part of God’s reconciling presence among those who estranged from God, hurting in their soul, and lost in their spirit regardless of their economic situation.

Insight 006: FaithSoaring Churches Have a Deep Commitment to Disciplemaking

FaithSoaring Churches 100CLRCongregations cannot transform with shallow Christians or overly churched culture Christians who are stuck in place with their spiritual formation. Congregations cannot transform with church members who believe they have arrived in their spiritual journey and do not need to continue their spiritual formation as disciples.

Congregations can only transform with church members who believe they need an ongoing commitment to disciplemaking. These people see spiritual formation as a life-long journey. They realize that each day they have new discoveries, new learnings, new insights, new commitments to a Christ-centered, faith-based journey.

Maturing disciples empower FaithSoaring Churches in response to God’s leadership.

Insight 005: FaithSoaring Churches Increase the Expectations of People Connected with Their Congregation

FaithSoaring Churches 100CLRMany congregations who need to transform are afraid of losing members, and thus lower expectations of members so they will not feel any pressure to leave. Others push the commitment button and say if members are faithful they will attend more and give more money.

Both approaches are wrong.

What works is the belief that a Christian congregational community is the best Christ-centered, faith-based form for seeking a deeper relationship with the Triune God that brings joy and exhilaration. With this spiritual focus it is effective to increase expectations of people to engage in spiritual formation and missional engagement.

Insight 004: FaithSoaring Churches Have Leaders Who Know Their Own Mission in Life

FaithSoaring Churches 100CLRCongregations who are on a successful and significant transformation journey need leader who are clear about their own journey. If congregational leaders are not passionate about their own sense of mission, purpose, core values, and vision, they will have a difficult task to help a congregation realize and experience these.

Here are key questions to answer: What is the mission a Christian life? What is the purpose of your life? With what core values do you guide your life? What is your understanding of God’s vision for the next decade of your life?

Do you have answers for these?

Insight 003: FaithSoaring Churches Have Leaders Who Love Continual Innovation

FaithSoaring Churches 100CLRTransforming congregations increasingly takes a commitment to continual innovation and excellence. Good enough is never good enough in congregations desiring to transform.

Continual innovation is not about changing the core commitments to the Christian faith or the core values of a congregation. It is about discovering new methodologies that effectively communicate with people connecting with the congregation. It varies the practices of the congregation to keep them captivating.

Congregational leaders who truly yearn for a congregation in the Transformation Zone love continual innovation. They know we never arrive in what we are doing as Philippians 3:14-16 tells us.