Last night at our Administrative Council meeting I presented the challenge to win 34 people to Christ this year. They unanimously approved the goal. But I’m not sure what I ought to think.
If they had said, “You are utterly insane to think we can increase the number of professions of faith by over 1000% this year,” I would have known they understood what I was talking about. But they just quietly said it was a good idea so let’s do it.
We pastors are held accountable for what happens in our congregations. While the main thing we used to be held accountable for was paying apportionments, we’re now (finally!) being held accountable for leading people to Christ. The commonality between these two is that neither is something we can do on our own. Oh, I can tithe and contribute to paying apportionments. I can lead people to Christ on my own. But the challenge is for us to do it as a church. It’s something we do together.
We need a move of God. That’s the only way I see it happening.