I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, and this is the “Strategic Christian Leadership” Podcast, Episode 58. The simple purpose of this podcast is to help Christian leaders understand how planning and strategizing is important to carrying out the Great Commission.
Our Bible verse for this episode is 2 Timothy 2:2 which says, “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”
Our quote for this episode is from Theodore Roosevelt. He said, “Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.”
In this podcast, we are going through the fine books: “Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders” by Aubrey Malphurs, “Deliberate Simplicity: How the Church Does More by Doing Less” by Dave Browning, and “Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership” by John Dickson. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase a copy of these books from our website podcastpulpit.com.
Our topic today is part 6 of “Chapter 4: Developing a Biblical Mission: What We Are Supposed to be Doing” from “Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders” by Aubrey Malphurs. He continues as follows:
However, the church’s purpose, to glorify God, is both internal—for the church—and external—it includes the community. How does it include the community? The church’s purpose helps it to position itself in the minds of those who live in the community and reach out to it. They should know not only that the church is located in the community but also why it is there. The answer for the church is to glorify God, that is, to live and minister in such a way that his excellent reputation is upheld before that unbelieving world. The answer for the community is that the church is there to make a difference—a positive difference that contributes to the community.
At the essence of positioning your church in the community is communicating well a positive, God-honoring image. When your image is good, this glorifies God and his reputation is good, since you represent him to the community. When your image is bad, his is bad—you misrepresent him to the community.
How do you develop your community image and glorify God? Actually, if you are an established church, you already have a reputation in your community. What is that image? Is it good or bad? A great example of a positive image in the community was the Jerusalem church. Luke notes in Acts 2:47 that the church enjoyed “the favor of all the people.” And again in Acts 5:13 the Jerusalem believers were “highly regarded by the people.” Does your church’s image glorify God, or is there a need for some damage control?
Next, you should ask what you want your image to be. This involves your outreach and ministry into the community. What are you as a church doing to minister to the community? Some churches allow the community to use their facilities free or at a reduced cost, depending on the organization. Others minister to the police, firemen, and other public servants. And still others volunteer time in the public schools, hospitals, and public and charitable organizations.
— PRAYER —
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”