“There is a time for everything, and a SEASON for every activity under heaven:” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, emphasis added)
Since we’re always in a season, it’s important we know what that season is, so we can respond appropriately.
For example, a farmer recognizes this is the growing season, and he’d better be getting his combine ready. This is not the season to be working on his planter. (Remember: I’m from the city, so if I’m wrong on any of this, let me know.)
Likewise, if you’re a homeowner, you also need to know the season. Depending on your circumstances, it may be the season to take some time off, to have your furnace checked, to replace the tires on your vehicle.
The same applies to a church: We need to know what season we’re in, and respond appropriately.
Generally speaking, there are 5 seasons for a church:
1) A season of growth . . . where attendance is spiking and programs are thriving.
2) A season of consolidation . . . where new people are being assimilated into the life of the church and investments are made to secure & protect the growth.
3) A season of transition . . . where (typically) there is a change in leadership, and everyone feels a bit off balance and uncertain.
4) A season of malaise . . . where life in the church is unusually somber, stale and just plain stuck.
5) A season of reinvention . . . where the ministries of the church are put under a microscope and decisions are made whether a particular ministry needs a face-lift, an overhaul, or a funeral.
Clearly, First Baptist is in a season of reinvention. Beginning in 2011, we took a hard look at the church and asked some tough questions. Then, some recommendations were put forward, chewed over, refined, and finally accepted as God’s leading for us. Now, we’re implementing those recommendations.
I’m convinced this will lead to a season of growth for us – not just numerically, but also in terms of our maturity and depth as a body of believers.
If I’m correct in this, this also needs to be a season of prayer. There are two reasons for this: First, growth comes from the Lord; it’s not something we can accomplish on our own. And second, we need God’s protection because we can be certain that Satan will be working overtime to prevent the growth from taking place.
Please join me in praying fervently for our church . . . that indeed this season of reinvention will turn into a season of growth.
To Him be the glory,