Your church has an identity. It has values it’s known for…great parking, great worship, great Children’s Program, tacky décor, the yearly Easter Egg hunt. Think about the average person in your church…what would they say the identity of your church is? What about the average person in your city? What are you known for?
Sometimes we can gain a reputation by default. Well, it’s just always been that way so that’s the way it is. As you and your team are digesting what it means to be a champion for Family Discipleship, you may need to mold a new identity. You can mold a new identity for you and your church that is different from what it’s always been. You can mold a new identity for you and your church that is different from what it was yesterday. You can create a new normal in your church.
Here are some ways that I want to define our church, specifically in relationship to family and children and youth. We are a church that equips the family. We are a church who mobilizes our families for impact. We are a church with a focus on family discipleship. How do you want to define your church identity? We are a church who “fill in the blank.”
Decide what you want your church identity to be and then maintain that through your words and actions and priorities. A good, practical check on whether what you want to be your priorities are really your priorities is to look at your calendar and budget. Are you spending your time on what you believe your identity as a church should be? Are you spending your money in ways that would maintain your new church identity?
Schools have done a great job of molding an identity and maintaining that identity through promoting school pride. School colors and mascots promote pride in the school. This creates a sense of community and belonging. Schools with pride perform better in sports and academics. What are some ways that you can promote pride in your church?
The first step is to work together as a church to do things that you can be proud of. Make a difference in the lives of individuals, in the community, and in the world. Work together to complete a project or host a big event.
The small step that we’re going to take this week on the Family Discipleship Path is to spend some time thinking about what you want your church to be known for, how do you want to mold and define your church identity. Now take a look at your calendar and budget to see if these priorities are showing up in how you spend your time and money.
Please share how you want to define your church’s identity.
What are you doing to promote pride in your church family?