Can a local church focus on engaging its members in the missions they support while also increasing the outreach of those missions?
What the Chinese Say about Doing Two Things at a Time
The Chinese may be the originators of the idiom - kill two birds with one stone - yi shi er niao (一石二鳥). The meaning is clear. If you are a bird, get out of China.The Chinese also say you can’t stand on two boats. The meaning is clear again. Carry a swimsuit at all times in China.
What is the church to think? Can or should the church do two things at the same time?
What God Thinks about Doing Two Things at a Time
Yes! Thank goodness we serve a God who specializes in the impossible. The church can indeed engage its members in the missions they support while also increasing the outreach of those missions.
More importantly we ask: How can the church do this?
Three-Step Plan to Improve Mission Performance
Step 1 - a website with more content that is focused on the missions they support.The data is clear - if we want more people to come to our site/page/place, we need to give them more good reasons to come.
The more real stories about real people that have been changed by real missionaries that the church can tell about the missions they support, the more people will come to read those stories. We’ll call this sowing seeds.
Step 2 - Invite readers of those stories, the church, in our case the folks here at Calvary, to engage with those posts. Comment on them. Share them. Who doesn’t love to hear or tell a good story? We’ll call that watering those seeds.
Step 3 - There is no step three. At least, not for us. If we sow seeds and keep watering them, God will cause the growth. The Bible says this happens automatically. And it does.
When the Church Talks about Its Missionaries
The bi-product of telling real mission stories on our church website is that the stories we tell are about the missions we support. This will increase the visibility and reach of that mission. People outside the church who care about the work our missions will search and find our missions.
Care => Search => Find. It just works.
We Did Not See That Coming
Did you know young people--think 20-ish to mid 30-ish--really want to serve to and make a make a difference in their world? Millennials are sitting at their computers or looking at their phones, wondering, “Where in the world can I serve? Who will help me make a difference in this world?” They will type similar questions to that effect in a search engine … and come find us here at Calvary.
Care => Search => Find. It just works. God causes the growth.
God Can Indeed Do the Impossible
Not only is the local church more engaged and the missions we support enjoying increased outreach, we are able to recruit more workers for the kingdom from a group of adults that are abandoning traditional church in droves.
Dare we think three birds with one stone?