More On Surviving and Thriving In The Local Church
More from John Lambert on the local church and how to not just survive but to thrive.
6. Feed yourself-Keep a fresh personal connection with God where you come to His table to be fed each day. Don’t come to church once a week to be fed and starve yourself spiritually each week. Sunday morning is a bonus meal.
7. Have realistic expectations-New Testament leaders are held to a higher standard, but we are all still humans and will make mistakes. Learn to give people the benefit of the doubt and believe the best about your leaders especially when you are tempted to start “surmising” why they didn’t talk to you this Sunday or return your email in a timely fashion.
8. Keep your eyes on Jesus-He is the only perfect one. If my eyes are on Him then I will be immune to anything that would ultimately try to pull me away from my faith. Scandals, crisis, opposition, and aggravation will never ultimately pull me away from God.
9. Buy into the vision, don’t rent it-Trust takes time to build, but there comes a time when you have to stop “renting” the vision. Take the reigns and hold on tight and put your effort into making this thing work. If you’re riding the brakes, then you are renting the vision. If you can’t buy in, then are your expectations of how things should be realistic? If so, pray and maybe God will move you on. If you find that “everywhere Johnny goes, Johnny has a problem, then Johnny is the problem”!
10. Zealously pray for your leaders-Today’s leaders are under a whole new strain and load. They must wear many hats and juggle many different things. If they decline to “do your thing” then you won’t be offended if you are praying for them to have God’s wisdom to know what direction the church needs to move in. Don’t criticize their spouses and children, pray for them.
These are just a few thoughts and are not meant to be exhaustive. That’s where you come in! What would you add? What has your experience in the local church been like? Have you had to overcome in some areas in your own life to live in community?