Pastor's Corner

16 Mar
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Mid-Week Challenge

If you have been around church for awhile there are certain things you take for granted.  There are things we just think we know because of our experiences in a church family.  Every now and then a research team will come along and use science to prove what you have felt for a long time.  Barna Research has released a new study that shows “churchgoers are far more likely than the general population to say they are content and satisfied in their family and personal relationships.” This came out of their continuing "State of Your Church" project.

The poll found that 58 percent of churched adults rate the "contentment" in their friendships and relationships as strong, compared to 34 percent of the general population who answer that way. Practicing Christians score even higher on the question at 67 percent. 

"Overall, churched adults fare better than the general population in their relationships," Barna said in an analysis of the survey. Similarly, "practicing Christians fare better across the dimensions." He went on to say, "A church that not only welcomes and connects people but also operates out of an awareness (if not a proficiency in) in the realities of what it takes to be content and satisfied in relationships today is key in supporting the whole-life flourishing of congregants. 

The research around flourishing people and thriving churches, Barna said, shows that "now more than ever, simply counting heads in pews or views on a streaming service cannot fully reveal the impact of a church, the effectiveness of the pastorate or the transformative power of discipleship."

"I firmly believe this moment provides an opportunity to pioneer new ways of leading God’s people and new, deeper pathways to discipling people," said Barna CEO David Kinnaman.

Our Creator knows us best and makes it clear that weekly involvement in a Church family, time with Him and personal reflection are keys to a healthy life.  Those of us who were fortunate enough to grow up in church know this to be true.  Before Jesus returned to the Father, He gave Christians the command of inviting others, who do not have a church home, to join with us.  Each of us has a duty to share the benefits of being a part of a healthy church family. Invite someone to attend with you this Sunday!   

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.”- Psalm 122:1

Serving the Savior,

Bro. Jonathan

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