Sherri's Message
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April 14, 2016, 1:55 PM

April 14, 2016

Thank you again to the local pastors who met with me on Tuesday morning.  It was truly a time of holy conversation and I was blessed by our time together.

Thank you also to Pastor Nettie Puleff and the congregation of Fredonia First for their hospitality.  

During the course of our conversation, I believe I “stepped on the third rail” on the subject of churches and chicken barbeques. I’d like the opportunity to share a little bit more about what was behind that statement.

Many of our churches have forgotten that their primary mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. They have made keeping the church open the focus of ministry rather than introducing people to Jesus, nurturing them in the faith and deploying them into the world to build  up God’s kingdom.

Churches have a big problem when fund raising events take priority over disciple making. Dinners and other events can be great opportunities for relationship building and outreach to the community. However, when the purpose is solely fundraising, it diverts our time and talents away from our primary purpose of disciple making.

Many churches have also moved away from a Biblical understanding of stewardship. I want to encourage all congregations to ask why they engage in dinners and other activities and not just do them “Because we’ve always done it that way.”

God has abundantly blessed us to do the ministry we are called to do. All that we are and all that we have comes from the hand of God. Are we willing to invest our time, talents, gifts, service  and witness in disciple making? That’s really the question.

If you were offended by my comment on Tuesday morning or something I’ve written today or you have questions, please – let’s find a time to continue the conversation. I really do want to hear from you.

I’m praying for all of you and ask that you keep me in your prayers as well.

Grace and peace,


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