Friday, December 11, 2009

Staying the course

As busy as life is, especially this time of year, it is crucial that we remain on our pursuit of “the mark” that must remain before us. My spiritual ( and physical) health will be strong if I maintain positive pursuits. The following concepts are from a book by Albert Winesman, who is part of the George H. Gallup International Institute. The Gallop name brings to mind research and data. The book is entitled, “Growing an Engaged Church, How to stop doing church and start being the church.” Winesman writes about indicators of strong spiritual health.

Life Satisfaction:

People connected with a healthy congregation tend to have a better sense of direction, stability and peace than those outside of a strong faith based church. This puts them in a better position to deal with the “stuff” that happens with daily life.


Research has shown that most people get involved in through the personal invitation of a friend, family member or a coworker. Being connected in a positive way to a solid congregation will cause people to want their friends and acquaintances to have that same value.


This is the “outreach” aspect . The serving capacity of a group is increased as they grow together spiritually.


People who are strong and engaged spiritually and faithful givers at offering time.

The causes for these kinds of positive outcomes are boiled down to spiritual commitment and congregational engagement. Get committed to the right cause and you will find that you’ll have plenty of engagement opportunities.

The “Cause” of Christ is the best cause I know of to pursue.

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