When I think on my ways I turn my feetto your testimonies. ~ Psalms 119:59 (ESV)
READING: Psalm 119:57-64
Many people are considering how to reduce their carbon footprint. They are taking creative initiatives like installing rain barrels to gather rainwater from their roof for use in their garden. Recycling is becoming common practice. It can be both economical and friendly to the environment to reduce the amount of energy used to maintain a home or business. Many homeowners start by performing a home energy audit to discover energy wasters and to remedy problem areas. They may replace windows, install thermostats or add insulation.
But in the local church we have the opposite goal. We look for ways to increase our missional footprint because we want to have the widest possible kingdom impact.
A good first step is to do a missional audit to discover things in our “house” that are unproductive, especially in this new world of technology, communication, commerce and transportation. What are we doing that is no longer having much impact on the Kingdom? What new opportunities for missional expansion are now available to us?
Perhaps the following questions and others like them will help you perform a missional audit so your ministry will have the widest missional footprint possible.
- Where are the pockets of people in our region not being reached by any church or ministry? How can we engage them with the gospel?
- How many churches are being started through our church?
- How are we multiplying church planting leaders?
- Why are we doing a particular activity? Should we keep doing it? Arethere more efficient ways to achieve the same goals?
- Who can we partner with that we aren’t currently?
Dear Heavenly Father, We ask for wisdom to more effectively reach the world for you. Amen.
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