Opening DoorsSince the early days of Television Flashy Game shows present eager contestants with a classic challenge of choosing their fate. The contestant nervously tries to figure out which door to choose, hoping for the best result. The prize could be a new car, a set of steak knives or a goat. Whatever is behind the door, they get.
Congregations today are facing multiple choices and challenges.
Over my years in ministry, these challenges shift every few years. During my early days of ministry, the challenge was attracting people to your congregation.
Somewhere in the early 2000s, it was about creating a healthy church and then a missional church.
Today I see that churches are living in an ever-changing (and increasing challenging!) landscape needing to understand how cultural shifts impact the church as it faithfully lives out its ministry and mission. This new environment too often catches churches flatfooted.
As one person has said, "You came with what you thought were all the answers to the unanswered questions these 'secular' people had. But it didn't take long for you to realize that the questions weren't just unanswered; they were unasked. And they weren't questions. That is, your 'secular' neighbors aren't looking for 'answers' — You've realized that instead of nagging questions about God or the afterlife [that] there doesn't seem to be anything 'missing' from their lives — so you can't just come proclaiming the good news of a Jesus who fills their 'God-shaped hole.' (From How (not) to be Secular).
... the church is often giving answers to questions people are no longer asking or even caring about.
...it is critical that congregations choose the right door to their God-given, hope-filled future. Choosing the wrong door means doing church like it is still the late 1990s or spending resources and time on answering questions and offering resources people have no interest in.
Choosing the right door means speaking and living the good news of Jesus in ways that connect with the world as it is right now.
(note: would this be a place for a partner video? - taking the best of the three interviews and making it a short highlight of why VC is so valuable to the local church)
Vibrant Congregations joyfully comes alongside churches to open the RIGHT door to their God-given, hope-filled future.We have worked with many congregations over the recent past that have benefited from building a relationship with Vibrant. They have chosen their door and are experiencing that hope-filled future.
We open this door by listening to God, the congregation, and the church's leadership. Into this listening, we add what the congregation's local community and the culture are saying and asking about life and faith.
This discernment process leads to a congregation opening their right door to take fresh steps in ministry and mission - a door that brings the good news of Jesus to the neighborhood.
I invite you to help congregations open the right door through your financial support of Vibrant Congregations.
Your support will make it possible for congregations to set aside the nervousness of wondering if they should choose door number one, number two, or number three and instead know they know they are choosing the right door.
NOTE: Here we may want to detail how VC has been funded and where resources go in a given year
note: here we could detail various ways to give.
monthly, yearly, one time gift
(Im thinking of a person who would give 20 per month
- not just the big financial gifts)