WR Newsletter (3/10/2021)

WR Newsletter (3/10/2021)

Together… We Engage, Develop and Empower
Leaders for Kingdom Movement!

Forward Movement

Reflections from our Regional Executive Director…

It’s hard to believe that just one year ago as a result of the spread of the coronavirus, most of our churches were shifting their Sunday services to be available online rather than in the building. What a challenge it was for many church leaders to discover how to use Zoom, YouTube or Facebook to broadcast the worship and teaching into the homes of our members. I could not have imagined then that in March 2021 it would still be necessary to continue broadcasting worship services.

Some of our WR churches are gathering in church buildings (and some have been for months), some are gathering in the church parking lot or outdoor spaces, some are continuing to gather online, and some are meeting in smaller groups and homes. And of course, some churches are offering services online, in the parking lot, and in the church building simultaneously. This has not only created logistical challenges, but also made it difficult to truly measure the impact we are having on the growth and development of our church body. It appears that the pandemic surfaced the pre-existing challenge of evaluating how worship attendance actually impacts an individual’s spiritual growth.

We all realize that gathering together as believers is important. We see how the early church gathered from house to house and in the temple courts (smaller groups and larger groups). Yet some of us have attended church gatherings that had little impact on our spiritual growth; while I’d guess that most of us (if not all) have attended church gatherings that have profoundly impacted our spiritual lives.

The challenge for me personally is to recognize that attending a worship gathering, whether onsite, online, or in organic groups, doesn’t guarantee spiritual growth. Sometimes I wish it would—that if we just got people to sit in or watch a service, they’d actually become more like Christ. But it doesn’t work that way. It’s not simply hearing the words of Jesus in the context of worshipping God that brings transformation. Jesus makes this clear in Matthew 7 when he speaks of the wise builder and the foolish builder. Both heard the words of Jesus. The distinction between the wise and the foolish was them putting Jesus’ words into practice.

More views online, more people in pews or even more spiritual conversations don’t guarantee life change. Counting eyeballs (or even ears) only gives us an indicator of potential impact. When more people hear the words of Jesus, there is increased potential for application. Yet measuring actual impact is a lot harder. Life change is seen up close and personal through relationship. Increased views and attendance are simply a proxy. Read more of my thoughts on success here.

My prayer for you is that God will move you and your leaders forward as you navigate the continued volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity of ministry in 2021!

For Kingdom movement,

Dave DeVries
Executive Director
Missionary Church Western Region
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Coming Up…

Get ready for the Leaders Gathering coming up soon! We’ve moved this event from the fall to the spring. This year it will be held on May 25 at Living Oaks Church. More info coming soon!

Our Annual Conference will be held in on October 18-20 this year. Put it on your calendar now! More information will be coming as we get closer.

Job Openings

Are you looking for a new ministry position or know of someone who is? Check out the job opportunities available in Western Region churches.

TBN Features Embrace Church

TBN’s special, State of Faith: North America, follows the story of Embrace Church and their incredible mission to spread the Word of God to as many eyes and ears as possible. Watch it here. [8 minutes]

TUG Groups

Do you feel that you would like more support in your role from others who are involved in the same things? That’s what TUG Groups provide. Learn more and sign up for one today.

Train Up 3 is Today!

Being the Church Post-COVID Session 3 – March 10 @ 1pm
How Coronavirus is Helping Churches Change

As Christ followers we are all so familiar with Romans 8:28 that it can become cliché, but in reality God can do something truly amazing even with something as devastating as a pandemic. Join the discussion about change happening in the church that is leading to Kingdom advancement.

  • New habits and methods of discipleship that utilize technology to lead to exponential growth.
  • A single regional church becoming multiple neighborhood churches.
  • Engaging phygital means to plant 2 churches more than 2000 miles apart.

Coaching

We all need a coach. Sometimes another person is able to ask the questions we haven’t thought of and point us in the right direction. Contact us about connecting with a coach today!

Upcoming Events

  • March 10 – Train-up 3: How Coronavirus is Helping Churches Change – Sign up
  • March 25 – Train-up 4: What, Why and How is a Church Phygital: A Primer on Leveraging Digital for Physical Church – Sign up
  • April 5 – CLI New Testament Survey starts – Sign Up
  • May 13 – Annual Business Meeting
  • May 25 – Spring Leaders Gathering
  • July 12-14 – Shift Conference
  • August 5-6 – Global Leadership Summit – Learn more
  • October 18-20 – Annual Conference
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