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New Ways Forward
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Luke Menzel
Jun 27, 2019
What is GOD telling us about our future direction? Pray for GOD to open up your mind to be guided by His Spirit then Read through the following and jot down any thoughts that come to mind and you think through what GOD might be showing you (and us). Share them. There are a number of areas through which we might better see where GOD may be pointing for our future. 1. Looking at where we find ourselves at the moment. We find we need to change because the ministry can’t be sustained as it is. What if we think of this as something from GOD readying us to move in a different direction or to arrange ourselves differently. What new ministries are happening or presenting themselves? Who is here and involved and where are they coming from? What finances are here to use? What trends are there in the community? What do we bring as we look to join Jesus in His mission? 2. Specifically, how are we different from other groups like ours (social or welfare communities and churches) in our area? 3. In our devotional lives; prayer; time with GOD – is there anything that keeps coming up – that’s obviously from God and not from us. (Words; themes; images; visions) 4. Is there a general change of focus in the wider church where GOD may be moving us all to address particular things coming up or present before us? What’s the LCA or SA District focus for the immediate future? What might that be saying to us? 5. What unmet needs in our wider community is GOD showing us? With what particular unmet needs in the world is GOD tugging at our hearts? How might we arrange ourselves to better minister into those needs with what GOD has given? 6. Looking at the journey of this congregation – what changes have happened? How did GOD prepare and provide for them? From the pattern, what might GOD have been preparing us for now? 7. What gifts, abilities, passions and resources do we see as we look around our congregation? With the abilities and the heart and the passion that GOD has gathered together - what might this say to us about what He’s preparing us for and what we need to do to better enable this to happen? Look back through these again and jot down any thoughts that come to mind as you do.
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