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Say Stay

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 hard word for a regular churchgoer to say to a visitor. To say "stay" to a visitor means making room and taking a risk on another's 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 must be a priority. Christians must 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 must do this before God as a minister of his goodness.✞

"Hard Church Growth"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2018

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