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Personal Relationships

Cartoon Man On GlobeAmos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888) the American reformer and educator, wrote: "Stay, is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary." It is however also a very hard word for a regular churchgoer to say to a visitor. To say "stay" to a visitor means making room for them and taking a risk on a new personal relationship. Hard church growth can be time-consuming and difficult to fit in especially with commitments elsewhere. Church people often get involved in too many outside organizations and the problem comes in trying to sort out priorities. As a church, growth should be a priority.

Tough Times

Mark Early writes, "These are tough times, but the Church thrives in tough times. It's when the Church is at its best because it's when all of us are forced to remember who has authority over everything and to put our trust completely in Him and Him alone." Christians have to prayerfully consider giving their prime time to their own church. Not what's left over like the loose change in one's pocket for the offering, but the first part, the best portion. They do this before God as a minister of his goodness.✞

"Hard Church Growth"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2019

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