Time of Increase: Part 4

I am the last person who wants to do programmes that somehow promise to quick-fix a situation, yet seldom do.  And nothing changes.

To do list

I am a male (yes!) and men generally like tasks and projects because we like seeing results.

 

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But we all know what every woman knows; that developing relationships is the DNA of life.

After all, that’s what God is about.

I believe the Parish has been prepared for

focusing on the quality of “church” rather than on numerical growth goals.

Any increase needs to be about church health, with growth or multiplication simply a by-product.

Meeting and working together – with creativity, authenticity and diversity – is happening.  But it is tough and time-consuming in busy lives.

It stretches, sometimes hurts. It exposes the real condition of our hearts as we, individually and corporately, are called to love others we would prefer to avoid.  Or sometimes not have around at all.

But the grace given us, compels us to love them as Christ does!

That’s Real Church; very  different from the world we live in, and why God instituted it for His purposes.

This brings me to the primary question of this series.

What must we do as individuals and as a Parish to be a Healthy Church?

Give us your take on this vital question as I wrap up this series of Vicar’s Corners with your responses from the last six weeks.

Steve.  J.

Time of Increase – Part 3

Log splitting

Volunteers splitting logs as part of the parish firewood programme

 

Let’s keep the responses coming!

As I figure it, with increase comes accountability, responsibility and respect.

Growth involves movement and change into new environments.

A few years back  we have had a Parish Survey (yes!), Prayer weeks seeking out what God was doing in our community, conducted a Stewardship programme, gave vestry members portfolio ministries and developed various programmes both within the Parish life – such as the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and Kidz Klub – and community-facing (Community Garden, TC) to name a few.
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Recently we have invested in setting up the Wairarapa Community Initiative (WCI) for seeking outside funding to further the work of God’s Kingdom.

Has the Parish grown numerically and financially?  On the face of it, no.

Do you believe there is a greater potential to increase today as there was before? I believe Yes! because God reminded me that He is the owner of the cattle on a thousand hills and promises to bless those who love and obey Him.  We are arriving at that place.  We are becoming more authentic and transparent,  We plant, we water and God does the rest.

What must we do next?

Your thoughts, please.

Steve