A great post from Jason on 20 Ways To Be Refreshing in the Local Church. Read the whole article and then pick a few that you can plan for this coming Sunday and the week to follow. Here’s just a sample:
- Greet people on Sunday mornings with a smile. It is o.k. to let your face say that you are “happy” to be at church. Go out of your way to say, “Hi,” ask questions about the lives of others, and listen attentively.
- Visit the widows and shut-ins of your church. Take an afternoon and visit three or four. Sit, talk, listen, and be willing to look at their photo albums—all of them (1 Timothy 5:3)!
- Have a mouth that is overflowing with grace (Ephesians 4:29) and is slow to wander down any other road.
- Show up each Sunday morning with a mental list of three or four people that you are going to find and minister to (Philippians 2:4). Many of us walk into church with an attitude of, “I wonder who will minister to me today.” Nothing can be as drastically encouraging to a local church’s membership than a people united in the understanding that they are there to serve and love one another.
- Be a Monday morning encourager instead of a Monday morning critic by sending your pastor an email detailing what you appreciated about his Sunday sermon.
- Don’t rush out of church on Sunday mornings. Be one of the last to leave because you are taking the time to talk with everyone you can (this will be hard for the introvert—but some of the most engaging and refreshing people I have served with are introverts. They wear themselves out on Sunday morning). The football games and lunch will be there fifteen or thirty minutes later.
And while we are talking about life in the body, why not jump over and read “7 Things Your Church Needs from You” by Tim. He elaborates on these points in very practical ways. Your church needs you to. . .
- be humble
- prioritize church
- consider giving God a day
- live like a Christian all week long
- get to know people not like you
- learn generosity
- be a great church member
If you put the two lists together, you have 27 ways to practically build up the body of Christ where you fellowship! Read, pray, think, plan and get started today!