OK, your congregation isn’t actually “invisible,” but at times, it can seem that way, at least for a large portion of the people.
- How do you shepherd people you don’t see?
This is the new era of “invisible” congregation; it’s a new challenge to demonstrate that you care.
- Should you chase people who’ve been gone for six months or a year?
Some people don’t want to be chased any longer. How do you know?
- How do you show you care?
Everyone is different, so how do you know what they need?
Reaching new people is the vision of leadership; shepherding people is the soul of leadership. Both are essential.
It’s easy to get focused on one or the other, but both are vital to the expression of a healthy church.
It seems natural to lean into vision right now, and again that’s vital, but we can’t falter on shepherding and aspects of discipleship merely because they are currently more difficult.
One pastor said it this way. “It’s kind of like when my kids moved out. They don’t want me calling all the time, but they still want to know I care, and I’m there when they need me.” That’s not easy to navigate.”Read More