Youth? Listen to them, be an example to them, show up at their graduation, their games, their concerts. And be a soft place to land when they’re teased at school, they fail a class, or their parents get a divorce.
Families? Offer to watch their kids so mom and dad can have a much-needed night to themselves.
Seniors? Show them the respect they’ve earned, and take the time to learn what they can teach us.
On Sundays, we don’t need fog machines and lasers on stage – although if it works for you, go for it! Just teach the Bible using simple terms we can all understand.
Speak kindly and lovingly to hurting people.
Pray for those in need.
Encourage church members to invite friends.
Sing songs that work in your context.
In short, do the basics in a way that fits where God has put you.
Ministry will never be easy, but it doesn’t have to be as complicated as we make it.
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