People need people

Been on conference calls all morning.. and a recurring theme comes up.. The people factor is the most important thing. Success is predicated on getting people to work together and finding and engaging the right people... For a technology team it is about engaging the real "subject matter experts" along with the right decision makers. For singers, it is about having access to the right coaches, accompanists and collaborators. For parents, it is about surrounding your family with a "village" of support for raising the kids. For a church, it is about community, and a shared purpose.. The important work all occurs one on one in those relationships, but the individuals are never really separate from their organizational context. The individuals do matter...

I think this is what Jesus was talking about when he talked about the shepherd focusing on the one lost sheep even when their are ninety-nine in front of him.. The exponential impact of guiding, teaching and then empowering people to love one another is a profound concept that can, and does impact our world daily...

Every conversation, every interaction, every person does matter.

Luke 15:4-7 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

Comments

Anonymous said…
I take issue with you on the "Church Today". I believe the church is a group of people who love each other. You are correct about "buildings" but not the church. You came in as an outsider to the culture not the faith. I am sad at their response to you but not supprised.

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Jeff Prillaman said…
I am not sure what you mean by "buildings" but not the church.. I'd like to understand... I wasn't talking about buildings at all.. and my personal situation has little to do with most of my thoughts... Whey I say system or institution, I am referring to people's attitudes and activities specifically. Many, maybe even most churchs have great facilities, but flawed relationships and little or no impact on the non-church community in which they live. I completely agree that they do love each other, but they need to love everyone, and not just those "in the club". Should a church have a "culture" to have to join.. I don't think so... It should include anyone and everyone who wants to be a part...

Are you thinking that todays church culture is effective and thriving? I would like to hear about what the signs of effectiveness and "life" are...

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