Iâ€™m going to list the most beautiful churches in the world. Are you ready? Follow me: If I said, â€œYou have a beautiful churchâ€, would you reply, â€œThanks. When did you visit our building?â€ or would you reply â€œThanks. Who did you meet?â€
Itâ€™s simple and subtle, but potentially dangerous. So often we refer to churchesâ€™ facilities or campuses and define that as a â€œchurchâ€, as if theyâ€™reÂ synonymous. One of the reasons that I love church plants and those in portable facilities is that they donâ€™t have to overcome this hurdle like churches with their own building.
We donâ€™t go to church. We are the church. If you want to see the most beautiful churches in the world, youâ€™ve got to spend some time with believers that are sold out to Jesus, filled with His love and grace, display the fruits of the Spirit and have a passion to serve their community.
While Iâ€™m thinking about it, read Dino Rizzoâ€™s bookÂ ServolutionÂ â€“ thatâ€™s a beautiful church and a beautiful vision/ministry. Each time Iâ€™ve visited a church that has a Dream Center, including the LA Dream Center led by Pastor Matthew Barnett, Iâ€™ve seen a beautiful church. The ironic thing about this is churches with Dream Centers often are doing messy ministry and get their hands dirty; still, they are what I consider to be a beautiful church.
I remember years ago hearing a pastor of a very large church say that they had grown by people inviting people.
Please understand, I ran a social media marketing company. Iâ€™m all for marketing and branding and using tools like social media, but when it comes down to it â€“ people are the church and they, by their word of mouth, are used by God to grow a church and be salt and light in a dark world.
How can your church be a beautiful church? By making disciples and growing up people in their faith. Spiritually mature Christians are beautiful in their own way. Theyâ€™ve had years to practice spiritual disciplines and give off the scent of Christ. New Christians are beautiful in their own way. Yes, theyâ€™re sometimes rough around the edges, but their passion and zeal are inspiring and their newfound â€œfirst loveâ€ is a breath of fresh air.
Iâ€™m curious: If I came to your community, would I experience a beautiful church?
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