Last night I heard the story of a turnaround church – a bunch of Christians that are growing in their community impact. No, it wasn’t in a big city centre. And it wasn’t an ‘out there’ denomination. It was a tiny aging rural Lutheran congregation who had been so touched by the Gospel they that simply chose to love each other, love the people in their community and share their faith as they were able. And then they did whatever they were able, in order to engage with the people who were wanting to know more about Jesus. They saw their little worshipping community grow.
According to the National Church Life Survey (NCLS) the most dominant four factors on the missional health of a congregation are Faith Sharing (the capacity and willingness of individuals to share faith), Leadership (the degree to which congregational leaders inspire and empower all attenders to participate), Vision (a shared sense of ownership and action towards a clearly articulated vision), and Belonging (a measure of increased friendliness, participation and support) (SOURCE: Australian Journal of Mission Studies (June 2019).
The LCAQD Department of Ministry and Mission encourages you to consider ways of growing your congregation’s missional health. Are you feeling a nudge to step in a new direction?
Applications for the 2020 LLL Mission Outreach Grant (formerly known as the LLL Mission Stimulus Grant) are now open. If your Lutheran community has some ideas as to how to engage your wider community with sharing Jesus, then take that vision to your Church Council or Board, and apply.
The grant is for up to $25,000 (this total may be shared between two or more applicants). For further information, see our grant page on the LCAQD website.