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As a pastor I'm often honored to provide a "letter of reference" for someone's application process. But it's interesting to read what Paul considered a leader's real reference letter. He said it was the spiritual maturity of those we've been leading. Paul reminded the Corinthians, "You yourselves are our letter [of recommendation], written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry"
If our church would cease to exist in our city, would it be noticed and missed?
These are questions of how our church is perceived in our city. We're to lead our congregation to "seek the peace and prosperity of the city" (Jeremiah 29:7).
If all the [church staff was] tragically killed in a car accident, would the church's ministry cease or fall apart?
These are questions of equipping. Pastors are God's gifts to the church "to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up"
If the only possible means of connecting with unbelievers were through the missionary living of our church members, how much would we grow? (I ask this because the early church did not have signs, websites, ads, marketing, etc.)
These are questions to probe how far the Hillcrest INVITE Strategy has worked its way into the daily living of the Hillcrest Family.
If our members had 60 seconds to explain to an unbeliever what our church is like, what would you want them to say? How many do you think are saying that?
This is a question of how clearly our people grasp the vision of our church, which is to be a community where people can find and follow Jesus together.
In what ways have we acted or planned in unbelief instead of faith?
These are questions to probe the bigness of our faith in the context of our decisions. Our congregation will receive the renovation recommendations from our First Impressions Team in a couple of months, and this will be a big test on the bigness of
our Family's faith.
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