When we planted in Nashville, I hate to admit but I don't think I ever invited a single person to church. I always questioned the how, will it get weird, what if it gets awkward, ect. If I get the opportunity when they aren't looking, maybe I will leave a church card, but only if I get the opportunity.
Fast forward to this church plant, seven years after the start of the first one. I can't help but invite people, to a church we haven't even started yet. I am bursting with excitement and see every opportunity as an opportunity to extend an invitation. And guess what, it doesn't get weird or awkward. We can't expect our team, and congregation members to be doing it, if we aren't. It starts with us. No matter how many years you have been established.
Last week, a guy out of no where in a shoe store came up and recommended shoes for Jim (pastor.) A complete stranger, and customer himself. He was super kind. Skip forward to a few days ago, we randomly ran into him again on the opposite side of the city at our local nature center. Guess what, I grabbed a hold of the opportunity to ask him if he and his girl friend go to church. They just so happened to be searching for one.
God marked his and our paths to cross twice in a huge city! How-why? I'm not really sure, but now Jim gets to sit down and have coffee with him this week and hear his story. He could potentially be a future team member, or someone who attends the church. We must use every opportunity we get to OPEN our eyes to see what God is doing whether we are a pastor, pastor's wife, or just a member in the church. There are people God has to link arms with us, and there are people God wants us to speak truth into. But first, we need to open our eyes to see Him moving and be ready and willing to move in action.
God will and is building His church. We are simply being good stewards of the time He has given us during the day to be aware and grasp a hold of every opportunity He gives us with people whose footsteps He has marked to cross our path.
xo a girl who sleeps with the pastor