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Last month at our congregational meeting, I spoke to our dwindling numbers and income and the opportunities to build relationships with our preschool families.  I’m concerned, optimistic and passionate about this and since the EVANGEMISSIONS ministry should be leading the charge on reaching out, perhaps a little bit guilty. So, where do we go from here?

The elders have been doing an ECO study called Becoming a Flourishing Church that I’m sure will soon be shared with you.  There are 6 meetings, some videos and some homework.  Among other things, in that study it talks about being missional and attractional as a church. What is missional and attractional? There are hundreds of articles and books that will give you information on that and some in our study, but I’d like to give you a visual as how I see the two working together and being one effective church.

The missional function of a church is like an aircraft carrier.  It is sent into battle with a mission, loaded with troops, aircraft and weapons to carry out sorties (missions).  Jet fighters and bombers go into enemy territory to attack the enemy and free the oppressed or defend the homeland.

The attractional function of a church is like an aircraft carrier too.  Before any carrier is ready for battle it must be in good working order, fully serviced, staffed and armed for battle.  Like the carrier, the attractional function is to equip the church for battle with biblical preaching, teaching, fellowship and attracting and training enough troops to maintain the ship and carry out the sorties.

At the present, I believe we are like an aircraft carrier that is not quite ready for battle.  We are short on troops and the ship needs some maintenance.  So, how do we ready ourselves for battle?  Well, perhaps we need to discover and do the maintenance that has been neglected, recruit and train troops and put on the “full armor of God” (I know you have heard that part before) so we are equipped for the battle.

I will leave you with that visual image to pray about ways we can maintain, recruit and train and equip without going into details because all our leaders must work together with you to plan, prepare and carry out this mission.  I am optimistic that we will put our ship into the ready and then action to become the church God desires and plans for us to be.  I pray you are optimistic and looking forward to that too.

You may think we are moving backwards by selling the 6720 house but to use another boating term, consider this as a “heaving to” moment.  A lot of sailors think that “heaving to” is a heavy weather tactic but it is much more than that.  In addition to being a way to deal with heavy weather it is also a tactic that buys you time.  It could help rest a tired crew, allow waiting out a fog bank to clear, make repairs or allow you to wait for daylight to get into an unfamiliar harbor.

Over the next few months, look for indications and promise of progress and more than just observing; pray for God’s supernatural power of revival and ask God to show each of us what he wants to do with each of us to become a productive crew member.  There may be some “heaving to” along the way and that’s ok as long as it’s for rest, charging your batteries, and understanding that we’ll soon need “all hands-on deck”

James 3:4 Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires.

Ahoy, mates!


Gene and the Evangemissions Team

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Help 'Stick it to Hunger' Today!

Thank you for joining us in the fight against hunger! Due to the generosity of corporate, organization and individual donors we currently provide over 6,000 pounds of food and household items to those in need from Pinellas County each month. We are a non-profit and help families and seniors. 100% of your donations of food, goods and financial gifts go to those we serve.

We need to increase the amount of food we recieve from food drives that are conducted by individuals, organizations, and corporations...people like you!

The economy is recovering but available jobs are not keeping up with those needing them. More people than ever are relying on our services! Your friends, family and neighbors need your support to survive these challenging times.

Use this manual to help organize and promote your food drive. Our intent for this manual is to make hosting a food drive easy and fun! If you need additional information, please don't hesitate to contact us. We will do our best to assist you.

  • Download the Stick it to Hunger Manual here! It will tell you what you need to know to hold your own food drive!
  • Download the Ask Me Badges here! Print them out and wear them; then, when people ask give them the shopping card.
  • Download the Shopping Card here! Print these out and give them to peole who ask, so that they can see what foods need to be donated and how they can help!
  • Download the Food Box Flyer here! This is a full size sheet you can print off and put it on a box for folks to put donations in.  It can also be used to post on at work bulletin boards etc.
  • Download the Grocery Bag Sticker here! This a full size sheet you can print off and put on a box to show a visual photo of what is to be dropped in the donation box. 

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