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Does your church create spiritual orphans? Or is your church a place that redeems spiritual orphans?
You may be wondering what a spiritual orphan is. A spiritual orphan is someone who believes but does not belong. They are disconnected from the church family, and from what I see in our churches and our society, we are teeming with spiritual orphans.
Spiritual orphans are caused by a number of factors, among them:
- How the church practices evangelism;
- How the church views itself;
- Lack of an intentional discipleship process;
- Unclear or hazy communication about member expectations;
- Competition among churches for attenders;
- Evangelism absent of discipleship.
Some thoughts about spiritual orphans.
Church is not a place or an event, it is a family and a family is something that you belong to not an event that you attend occasionally.
The Bible compares the church to the human body (Romans 12:4-5). The hand does not belong to one body this week and the next Sunday belong to another body!
The 21st century church must not only have a biblical message, it also needs a biblical structure. Biblical structure and biblical message depend upon each other. Small groups is a biblical structure (2 Timothy 2:2, Exodus 18:13-23, Luke 6:12-15).
Your church’s small group strategy (Sunday School, home groups, LifeGroups) is the way that you connect people into biblical community. In other words, the most important thing you can do with a person is to connect them into your church’s small group strategy. Otherwise, you are creating a spiritual orphan.
To prevent spiritual orphans, it is vital that your church leadership understand the purpose of its small group strategy. Sunday School and home groups are not just about Bible information or fellowship. The church’s small group strategy is about connecting people in four vital areas that not only strengthens the church family, but strengthens the individual as well. These connections are:
Connecting people to:
- His Truth
- His community
- His mission
Elevating the church’s small group strategy so that all of the church’s ministries are supportive and involved in sending people into a small group is the best way to prevent making spiritual orphans.
How is your church doing when it comes to redeeming spiritual orphans? Is your Sunday School or small group structure viewed by the church membership as its primary strategy to engage and involve the entire membership into the family?