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Archive for January, 2012

Term 2: Vision & Values…

In Term 1 (Sep-Dec) at CCK Shoreham, we introduced 12 new members to our community. Amazing!

These 12 have said ‘yes’, we are with you in heart, vision & values.  Why is the concept of membership so important to us?

Love this recent post from the guys at @harborchurch in NH, USA  (part of our Newfrontiers family) that goes a long way to summing it up.  Here are some reasons NOT to join us – a bit of reverse psychology (with the truth in brackets!) :

1. If you want religion (This church will be built on the radical gospel of grace).

2. If you’re a consumer wanting to “go to church” 1x a week for a nice show (We are not a Sunday show, we are a community of disciples on a mission).

3. If you’re looking for the next cool thing in town (We want to grow by conversion growth, not church-goer transfer growth).

4. If you’re a Christian and you don’t like your current church (You will find reasons to not like this church).

5. If you have a bad track record at churches of being unteachable and causing problems (You won’t change here, you’ll repeat the pattern).

6. If you have an agenda (We have our vision, our mission, and our values—your private agenda does not supersede them).

7. If you’re a wolf (We will sniff you out).

8. If you think this will be a nice little church that stays the same size, where everybody knows your name and you have my mobile number on speed dial and we have a picnic lunch together every week (By God’s grace, we want to grow).

9. If you think this will be easy and smooth (This will be hard and difficult; this will be a fight, a battle, and a challenging mission).

10. If you want to hold onto your comfortable life (You must lose your life).