When we take a trip, I always get directions from Map Quest and print them out. Sometimes, the directions are right on. We get to our destination in the most efficient way. There are other times when they aren’t so good and we end up going a roundabout, inefficient way to our destination. The return trip is usually much more direct and efficient after we talk to others and/or refer to a map.
Some places that we commonly travel to might have three different routes. Whichever route we take usually takes us the same amount of time. There are different reasons we might take a different route. For example, when we travel to Celina, we often take US 66 because it goes through Fort Loramie and right past the Dairy King. In the spring and summer, it’s a great place to stop to get one of their delicious milk shakes. But I digress.
As a church we are always trying to find out the best “route” to get something accomplished. Whether it’s a major repair project, a special worship event or a social event. There are “routes” that we’ve used in the past that we find work great. There are other times we might get creative and think of a different “route” or plan for a different event that works out just fine.
How do we get more young families with children to join our beloved community? What things/events can we do that involve the whole congregation in a time of fellowship? What “routes” look to be the best options?
We have events that are seasonal and have been excellent events for us. We have done things in the past that have been able to attract new people into our church family. We shouldn’t forget the good things that we’ve done in the past. I feel we should think outside the box sometimes and come up with new “routes” that will be beneficial to our present church family and attract new people to join us in our journey with Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
I feel that using the good things we’ve done in the past in conjunction with new ideas will help us grow and become better shepherds. We want to help ourselves and others learn how to be better Christians and call on God the Father and Christ to lead us to find the right “routes”.
We have wonderful people that make up our church family. People are loving, kind, and caring, who are welcoming and embrace new people with great warmth. We need to continue to strive to be the best people of God that we can be! I have great respect and admiration for all of you and look forward to great things “down the road”!