See the post below for my thoughts on church and guilt. Now, three ways to avoid guilting your church into showing up.
In a word: vision. Casting vision for things is so vitally important. A person’s reason for showing up for a program is not “because the doors are open.” I think we can often think that in ministry. We put something on so why don’t people just drop whatever they have in their lives at that time and show up? It’s easy to fall into that trap.
Everything we do as a church needs to be centered on vision. I don’t care if it’s sweeping the floors. What’s the vision for sweeping the floors? Vision will motivate people to look beyond themselves and push into new areas of ministry. Vision will motivate people to sacrifice parts of their lives for Jesus.
If you tell me to show up because we’re having something going on I’m probably not going to make the time for it. If you tell me to show up and show me through clear vision how it’s going to impact not only my life but others as well, I’m there.
So let’s review.