Does your congregation need a confidence boost or a shot of energy? Get ideas for re-establishing the role God has for your church and community.
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Introduction: Congregational confidence allows people to feel good about their church, go into their community, and invite people they know into the church with them. Learn about building this confidence as you manage change.
When you are making changes in your house, you usually invite your friends to see that. In congregations, when you are making changes that help the people feel like it’s a place where they want to be, their confidence grows, and they’ll want to invite people to show them.
Example: Older congregation wanted to get younger people from the community and their family in. They painted walls and hung pictures. The people were proud of the change. They invited their families to come see what had been done. And they kept going, looking for other improvements they could make.
How do you know a congregation needs a boost?
- Hear a defeatist attitude
- See it lived out (outdated info on bulletin board)
How do you help give the boost? Think in terms of spiritual gifts—not just individuals but churchwide.
- What are they good at?
- What do they rally around?
- What has God done through this group that draws people to them?
When confidence is built, the congregation points people to Christ and what he’s doing. They are vibrant, being who God created them to be.
- When I walk through my church, do the signs point to a confident congregation?
- In what ways has God gifted our congregation to act on his behalf?
- Church Unique by Will Mancini
- The Power of Asset Mapping: How Your Congregation Can Act on Its Gifts by Luther K. Snow