I read a great quote on Mark Batterson’s blog this morning (the specific post was from last week): “The impact God has planned for us doesn’t occur when we’re pursuing impact. It occurs when we’re pursuing God.”
I don’t think any church sets out to NOT have an impact on the world. No leadership team I know of sits around and says, “Ok, guys, how can we make sure that we’re not making a difference in the community around us?” But I do think that it’s easy to get sidetracked by good strategy and wise thinking – tricked into pursuing impact instead of pursuing God Himself. Just because we can devise a means to an end doesn’t mean it’s the right end. “Seek first the kingdom of God…” Everything else flows out of that.
Our team of leaders have been talking about issues of membership and what it means to belong to the body of Christ here at WestWay. I appreciate the thoughts Batterson shares at the beginning of his post about inviting people into the dreams God has for their congregation, and being a “shareholder in everything we’re called to do” – being part of the church is about God impacting the world.
We are called to pursue Him.
May we do so with abandon.