As a staff, a main topic of our conversation and meetings deals with how to help people thrive in their walks with Christ. We want to be intentional and as personal as possible in that process. Looking at Scripture and at people throughout the church, we’ve narrowed it down to 3 ingredients that cause people to thrive in their walk with the Lord:
Being financially invested in the work of the ministry is a huge contributing factor to thriving in your walk with the Lord. It’s one thing to say you believe in the work God is doing and it’s another to put your money where your mouth is. At Awaken, we believe that souls are the best way to invest. We don’t just believe it, we live it, and we encourage people to live it out as well.
And I speak from experience when I say that watching God use the ministries we’ve invested in to save souls always makes the sacrifice worth it!
God has given everyone a gift, but it’s not for us – it was given to us to re-gift to others! It’s very easy to transfer our culture’s consumer mindset into Christianity when you’re not actively serving. Serving others gives you a glimpse into their lives and provides ongoing reminders that you’re not the only one with needs, issues, and time constraints. I love seeing people get involved and fall in love with the people they’re serving and serving with! We try to make that as simple as possible at Awaken by hosting quarterly “Get Plugged In” meetings, where people can learn more about ministries at Awaken and sign up to serve.
This month, we’re debuting a new aspect to Get Plugged In that we’re calling “Test Drive.” Just like on a car lot, you don’t want to make a long-term commitment until you’ve taken the car for a spin, we want to help people find a place to serve that they enjoy. Often times, churches (we’ve been guilty of this too) make it pretty challenging to get involved and serve. We want to make sure people find a good place to serve and serve in an area that they’re passionate about. By selecting “Test Drive,” they can show up to serve in that ministry one time, no strings attached!
We’ve only run 3 semesters of Awaken Groups so far, but I truly believe it’s one of the most vital and invigorating things we do as a church. Just like the nation of Israel marched into Canaan and conquered the key cities together, we battle alongside each other on a corporate level on Sunday mornings. However, when Canaan was divided up, each of the tribes had more battles to fight, and it’s the same with us. On the other 6 days of the week, we all face our own battles, and it’s vital to have a group of Christians that you can trust to battle alongside you.
Over the summer, while Awaken Groups take a bit of a break, we’ll be providing some more social events, classes, training courses, and more so that we can keep people connected in community outside of Sunday mornings.
Question: can you think of any other vital areas that God has used in your life? How have you seen God use giving, serving, and community in your own life?