Thriving Members Create A Thriving Church

  • Church Members wellbeing metrics is becoming a requirement
  • Members who aren’t thriving experience higher worry, anger and burnout
  • Membership engagement lays the groundwork for membership wellbeing

What am I trying to say!

I was pretty engaged during a recent church family night activity when our pastor focused on how he witnessed and understood the rapid growth the church was experiencing. He touched on 3 key elements that got me reflecting even further:

  1. The need to be rooted in the word
  2. The importance of being aligned to the culture
  3. The requirement to develop future leaders

Coming from a corporate background, we are constantly looking for ways of ensuring that we are developing people for the greater good of the organization, leading to its success and, the greatest challenge most organizations are facing today is employee engagement.

Global statistics indicate that only 22% of employees are engaged in their workplace and we know that engaged employees produce far better wide-ranging outcomes!

Interesting however was a recent study that discovered how engaged workers who are not thriving in their lives are much more vulnerable and add risk to their workplace. I began to ask myself if this statistic would be the same if it was applied to our other engagements, be it volunteering, social service, friendships and even being a member of a church? Would it not apply therefore that, for a church to thrive, we must be deeply involved to ensure that our members are thriving in their lives?

Interesting and factual as it would be, this is exactly what the church is all about, we are here to create an impact, be a blessing, serve Him and serve His people! I therefore went into the word, I was totally speechless, there were many scripture verses that pointed to caring for one another!

Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other.
1 Thessalonians 4:9 NIV
Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Ephesians 5:21 NIV
For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.
1 John 3:11 NIV
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
John 13:34 NIV
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.
Romans 13:8 NIV

We are in times where all of us are making every effort to preserve, be in our businesses, our relationships, or our families. We all have to work towards something more meaningful and it is even more important to ensure we protect the health and the emotional and mental health and safety of our employees, friends & loved ones. Research clearly reminds us and tells us that this is a factor that we no longer can allow to be ignored.

Kooth, the longest-established digital mental health provider in the UK who has been rather active in the last few months over the prevailing pandemic reveals the profound impact Covid-19 has had on adult mental health:

  • For 10 out of 12 months in 2020, anxiety/stress was worse than the same months in 2019
  • Sadness in 2020 is significantly higher than the same months in 2019 (despite a slight decline in December 2020)
  • In December 2020, 28% of all presenting issue adults were experiencing suicidal thoughts
  • There has been a 53.87% increase in the number of Kooth users reporting that their ability to work has been severely impaired in 2020 compared to 2019

The church we belong to must thrive, we must want it to thrive because this is what is most desirable for our Lord. For the church to thrive, we must first ensure that everyone who belongs to the church is thriving! This is why we must stay engaged in church activities even though many of us think that this is not for us, that there are others who are called to serve!

Our Lord’s desire is that the church thrives and therefore we must make every effort to first have our lives in order, thrive in our personal lives and grow with the lord, we are anointed for a purpose, we are to share Jesus with others, grow His people and grow His church.

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