Recently, a pastor friend of mine gave me a document called, “A Solemn Assembly is Needed…”. It was a list of conditions, or symptoms, of a local church that when observed, a solemn assembly of repentance and renewal needs to be called.
Inspired by such a list I’ve adapted my own for the local Christian community. These symptoms point to the need for a community-wide solemn assembly. Read this list and see if you can relate to some of this symptoms. I know I do.
A Community Solemn Assembly is Needed…
- When we find ourselves walking by sight instead of walking by faith
- When prayer is the last resort instead of the foundation of our community
- When events for evangelism are preferred over one-on-one evangelism
- When our passion to build the biggest church overshadows our passion and pursuit of God’s kingdom in the community
- When the ministry of God in our community does not include the poor, the widows, and the fatherless
- When there is a greater emphasis on pleasing people, looking good in the community, and having the greatest influence, than pleasing God
- When we find ourselves being more excited about building our own church than the health of our community
- When the pastors of our churches do all the evangelism and discipleship in our community while our people spectate from their chairs
- When we seem to be producing “converts” instead of “disciples” in our community
- When growing our attendance is more important than the spiritual health of the community, and the spiritual health of other churches
- When most growth in churches today is transfer growth
- When there is disunity among the churches or ministries in the community
- When there is no community vision, and no cooperation to see that vision through
- When we see the other churches as competition, instead of partners in the kingdom of God
- When each church exists as an isolated island unto itself, and we work within the community as if we are the only church
Which symptoms resonated with you? What would you add to the list?