HOW WILL YOU DESCRIBE A DYING CHURCH

A famous artist once was asked to paint a picture of a dying church. It was expected that he would pain a small and humble congregation in a dilapidated building. Instead, he painted a stately edifice with a rich pulpit and magnificent windows- and near the door, an offering box, marked “Missions,” with the contribution slot blocked by cobwebs. I’ve read this from Charles Swindoll’s Favorite Stories and Illustrations.

I attended a two week-training at ACM, my teacher mentioned that there are an imbalance in missionary distribution and missions finances, for the past years, missions offerings has decreased .

I’ve read from Joshua Project website that over 85% of all cross-cultural foreign missionaries minister among nominal Christian people. For every million unreached Muslims there are less than 3 missionaries. There is also imbalance in Missions finances, for every $1 Christian giving to all causes, half a penny goes to finance a pioneer church planting among the unreached people.

Yes, I am guilty of this, most of my salary goes to my own personal needs (like bags, clothes, shoes) I regret and repented and now I am trying to change my lifestyle, and give more to the missions through God’s grace.

While downloading and reading the unfinished task powerpoint from Joshua Project Website I was challenged to give more, to commit my time to pray for the unreached, I am praying and hoping that soon I’ll be one of the 200,000.00 tentmaking missionaries from the Philippines. The Philippines is number one when it comes to tentmaking and in sending missionaries in the 10/40 window, that’s according to Project Joshua.

Jesus Christ commissioned us to go and make disciples of all nations, you may not be called to be a frontier missionary but you can give, you can pray, you can mobilized, or you can be a welcomer to the missionaries returning home.

Let’s continue to pray for the unreached people, for more information about this, visit the Joshua Project’s website.

How to pray for missionaries?

How can I best prepare to be a missionary?

© 2008 by jhunnelle

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “HOW WILL YOU DESCRIBE A DYING CHURCH

  1. Wow, that was a profound way to describe the dying church. You will see many dying churches here in America. Unfortunately. I think we focus too much on missions when what we could all be doing is simply living the life that Jesus. Yes, he went out and preached but his greatest example was simply how he lived. prayed. talked. I think if we all start focusing more on that than we’d see a big improvement in the church and people would have a better opinion of Christians.

  2. Many of our churches today have been engaging in too much church politics. Brotherly love is also a dying virtue, contradicting the very core of Jesus’ teaching, “you will know them (disciples) by the love they have for one another.” It’s sad that the focus on the positions, titles, and what-have-you are wasted energies that should be poured on doing what our Master has instructed us to do : to make disciples….Insincerity, hypocrisy are the bad fruits that prevail in many churches. When there is no love, then Christ’s teaching has fallen on the roadside. Mission is LOVING. That is the denominator.May we get back on track. God bless us all!comment from my multiply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s