In this post in the series, “Beyond Numbers” we look at individualization for authentic connection. How much junk mail do you throw away each week? I counted, I threw away 87 pieces of mail last week. I kept 3 cards addressed directly to me from friends who took the time to hand write, and stamp their cards.
So, do you want to get caught up in reaching a lot of people, but being discarded by the majority, or do you want authentic connection with people and see their lives changed through the gospel?
Bigger, Brighter, Better is an illusion. Real, relatable, relevant is what people need.
Not the relevant that people claim to portray which is actually more projected than practical. A relevance that connects with people true to their life. This means we connect with people in a way that doesn’t ignore their lived experience.
Jesus is in the business of turning things around. The blind see, the deaf hear, the leper is cleansed and the dead live!
Even in the crowds He not only sees individuals but meets them where they are in a way most meaningful to them.
But it’s not what you do with what you wish you had that makes you successful. It what you do with what you’ve been given. There is no greater example of that, than the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14–30.
If I had a bigger budget, if I had more volunteers, if I had more givers. How do you take care of and steward what / who you’ve been given?
Bigger stages, brighter lights and better buildings won’t bring you less headache or more people.
We’ll be held accountable for what we were entrusted with and not what we wished we had. Lack of resources shouldn’t impact how relatable we are.
Being your real authentic self as a leader and pastor, being a church that relates to people in the community you are trying to reach. Connection to your city and the relevant needs people have that walk through the streets, businesses and your church, will bring more like minded people to you.
What other things do you feel are important for authentic connection.