Checking Our Bearings
Saturday, February 2
from 9:00AM until 5:00PM
Sunday, February 3
from 11:45 AM until 12:30 PM
Ships do not travel in a straight line. The wind and the currents shift, changing the ship’s direction. And so the crew must constantly check their bearings, making certain that they are still aimed at their destination point.
The Church has often been compared to a ship. Churches also need to check their bearings, making certain their ministry efforts are still aimed in the right direction. St. Paul tells us what that direction is when he writes, “For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16).
Just as it is wise for a ship’s crew to check their bearings from time to time, it is wise for a congregation to periodically ask, “Are we doing everything that we possibly can to share the Gospel, both to our members and also with the lost?”
That is the purpose of the Self-Assessment and Adjustment program (SAA), offered by WELS Commission on Congregational Counseling. It will allow our congregation to check our bearings and, if we find that there are ways we could be more zealous with the Gospel, to adjust course.
We need you to be part of this.
There are two ways you can be involved.
First, please be sure to fill out our congregation’s Pulse Survey. Here is the link:
Secondly, you need to set aside that Saturday. A member of the Commission on Congregational Counseling will be here to lead us in Bible study and small-group discussion on every aspect of our ministry. He is not here as an expert to tell us how to do ministry. He is here to facilitate discussion amongst ourselves about how we might share the Gospel as much as possible. Then on Sunday, after our second service, he will help us determine what adjustments to our ministry, if any, we would like to make over the next year.
What determines if a congregation is healthy is not statistics. A healthy congregation… a church heading in the right direction… is one that is doing all it can to bring a life-giving Savior to a dying world. So help us check our bearings. Thank you!