Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012
in Relational, Reviews, Social, Spiritual, Values
In The Blessed Church, subtitled “The Simple Secret to Growing the Church You Love”, Pastor Robert Morris commends readers to believe a healthy church is possible.
Morris provides practical wisdom he has learned throughout his ministry years, particularly principles and practices from his time serving with Gateway Church.
“Without a doubt, my vision for Gateway Church crystallized, expanded, and deepened over the years, but from the very beginning there were three key things I was determined that, with God’s grace and supernatural empowerment, we would do as a church. The following were the central goals of my vision:
1. We would deliver the most outstanding sermons you’ve ever heard.
2. We would provide the most extraordinarily skilled and Spirit-infused worship experience in which you’ve ever participated.
3. We would offer the best children’s ministry your kids have ever experienced.
I know these vision goals sound arrogant. But that’s the nature of God-given vision.”
Gateway’s staff resolve to cultivate a health biblical community: Our “mission is to activate people in spiritual formation in four areas (we call them the Four Bs):
1. Believing in Jesus
2. Belonging to His Family
3. Becoming His Disciple
4. Building His Kingdom
Morris continues with a quote that I love, “A well-articulated vision should describe more than what you intend to do. It will ideally express how you intend to conduct yourself. After all, before you can do something, you have to be something.”
Morris explores six ways he has seen and experienced God’s blessing throughout The Gateway Story: Blessed Vision, Shepherds, Leaders, Government, and Blessed Church Culture.
Whenever we attend a “Blessed Church” we will know it by it’s spiritual health and vitality, but maybe that isn’t your experience yet.
Morris extols us, “Don’t succumb to discouragement when things begin smaller or more roughly than hoped. Pray for wisdom, obey the Lord’s voice, and trust Him. Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin. (Zechariah 4:10, NLT)”
For when a church is healthy that health can permeate the congregation and extend through the people and into the community.
While Gateway Church is a mega-church, the attitude, principles and practices will apply to many, if not most churches, congregations, and Christian communities.
I enjoyed this quick read, and I think you will appreciate looking for ways to model health in your church, congregation, and Christian communities.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”