I met a new friend on the internet who has become a giver of insight, a producer of thinking and a creative force to inspire greater leadership out of me. Best yet, the dude loves Jesus and is doing what he does to help ministries and churches be more effective at winning people to Jesus. Meet Matt Knisely from Oklahoma. Follow him on twitter . Be inspired.
In an upcoming article that he wrote, Matt discusses the challenges that churches have in reaching younger generations. There are huge challenges, but there are also huge opportunities. Greater still is the number of people we can reach if we simply get creative. Think about it:
1 Corinthians 9:22 (nasb) --- To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some.
2 Peter 3:9 (nasb) --- The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
1 Thessalonians 2:8 (nlt) --- We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God's Good News but our own lives, too.
What are we willing to do to reach more people for Jesus? Are we willing to be uncomfortable? Are we willing to be creative? Are we willing to spend our money or give our lives or even quit our jobs so that more people will come to know Jesus?
It is just wrong when the church and it's leaders will not consider changing our methods or reaching into technology so that people will be touched by Jesus. It is all about lives being changed, right?
Will we be brave in 2009? My prayer for all of us in 2009 is that we will touch more people for see and see more lives changed for God.
Here is a comment from Matt that made me stop and think:
In order to entice emerging generations we must be involving, it must be fun, and we have to exercise our creative instincts to attract them.