I love the church
I’ve heard it said that the church is the hope of the world—and I agree! The church is the Body of Christ and the Light of the World. I firmly believe that it is through the church – God’s people – that He will bring healing and redemption to the brokenness of the world.
And so we celebrate with joy churches that are growing as people in their communities come to faith in Jesus. We rejoice in the many ministries of healing and restoration that churches provide through which individuals find wholeness for their lives. Churches provide many wonderful ministries that do lots of good in our lives.
And, yet, we have to acknowledge that one of the greatest dangers of church ministry is that, under the pressure to grow our churches or produce results, we run the risk of forgetting that the people are people, not mere consumers of the spiritual goods and services. Those whom we serve each have their own stories. Each person has their own struggles, their own joys, their own hopes, their own fears.