Much like employees who disengage, sometimes church members quit but forget to tell anyone. They may still show up now and then, but as far as taking on the responsibility of being a member, there just isn’t much evidence. To engage the hearts and minds of all the church members, we need to pray for God’s spirit to be stirred in the congregation.
The gifts of each church member are needed to be an effective and whole body of Christ. Similar to business, all the employees must be engaged for the company to fire on all cylinders. [read: Are your church members employees or customers?]
In order for this to happen, they need to know what being fully engaged looks like. Here are some ways to help get your church members moving forward together.
Renew the sense of purpose
Reminding your people of the mission and their part in it is an ongoing project. It can’t be once a sermon year; it must be built into the culture through speaking, writing, and modeling the purpose of your ministry together.
Recapture a sense of community
True community calls us to action, helps us engage, and keeps us moving forward. Recapture a sense of community by making the most of your corporate time.
Remind them of their commitment
Expectation plays a big role in engagement. What is expected of each person in the church? For those who call this church home, we ask that you [your two or three things you want each person to do].
Rekindle a focus on Jesus
Jesus is the center of the church. Without a passion for serving Christ, it will never happen.
Revisit the basics
Just as Vince Lombardi said, “this is a football,” there are times when we need to back up and learn the basics. What does it mean to be a Christian? What does it mean to serve? How are we actively engaging our neighbors, friends, and culture as the salt and light?
Restructure the programs
There is a fine line between a groove and a rut. Ministry programs are powerful, but they are still just tools that can be tweaked, added or dropped as needed. Sometimes, just restructuring can be a huge help.
For those who may be disengaged, there could be any number of things that may be going on in life. It’s been said there’s a broken heart on every pew. Listen to the stories. Don’t be quick to talk bad about them. For those who have disengaged, be ready and willing to welcome them back as they come. And as someone comes to mind who may have become disengaged, contact them.
I recently read Engaging the Hearts and Minds of Your Employees: How to Ignite Passionate Performance for Better Results by Lee Colan. This was a springboard for this post.
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