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Your Church Legacy

October 28, 2013

“Existing churches must consider the legacy they will leave for successive generations.”[1]

It is not a secret: churches are closing everywhere. The national recession, church scandals, deaths in the church, and job relocations are creating pressures on churches which must be addressed. Rural areas are seeing young adults flee for jobs in the large cities creating a generational imbalance in the churches. All of these issues are part of the equation in the deaths of churches, but what about a church’s legacy?

Churches exist for many reasons. Some churches believe they are there to solely care for its members, while others are not concerned about members but reaching the lost. Others seem to think they are the sole guardians of truth, while others seem to believe they are there to push the envelope. In reality, the church is here to carry the message of the resurrection of Jesus Christ to the nations to make disciples. It is that simple.

Churches who work to better the community, who are outside of the church minded, are demonstrating the love of Christ and showing a commitment to their neighbors. After all, we are to love our neighbor: these acts of love and kindness, free gifts of mercy and grace, for the community to reflect on the love shown towards them. This will soften hearts and show you love them where they are at, just like Jesus did. Love people unconditionally.

What is your church doing to foster a lasting legacy? If your church has been there for 100 years, that is wonderful. But do not look back, those years are gone. What are you doing to help bring it into the next 100 years?

[1] John Burke. No Perfect People Allowed: Creating a Come As You Are Culture in the Church. (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2005). 305

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