023 – Refuse to be Ignored!

As pastors, we might be tempted to think that the worst thing that could happen for our church is for people to talk poorly about us or dislike us.  But I contend that there is something far worse than people not liking you.  I believe the worst thing that your community can do is IGNORE you! Sadly, this is where many church find themselves today: overlooked and irrelevant to their communities.

In this podcast episode, I discuss some practical ways you and your church can refuse to be ignored by your community:

  1. Preach the gospel.
  1. Stand for God’s Word.
  1. Be active in reaching out to the community:
  • Click HERE to see a video of the Easter Egg Drop I mentioned in the show.
  1. Meet needs in the community.
  1. Be visible in and available to the community.
  1. Have a strong online presence.
  1. Embrace excellence.
  1. Teach and model biblical generosity.
  1. Offer an excellent weekend worship experience.
  1. Take bold risks:
    • Have a BIG vision!
    • Try new things
    • Shake things up a little bit.  Click HERE to watch the promo video to the “Let’s Talk About Sex” series we did a few years ago.  How’s that for shaking things up a little?
  1. Create a culture of loving community within your church.
  1. Embrace New Testament accountability.
  1. Have a strategy for branding and marketing.
  1. Show signs of LIFE!

What are some other practical suggestions you would add to this list?  I’d love to hear from you!

About Jon Sanders

Follower of Jesus; Husband to an amazing woman; Father of 3 great kids; Pastor of a multi-site church with a vision to reach rural America for Christ!
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