Catalyst: "A substance, usually used in small amounts relative to the reactants, that modifies and increases the rate of a reaction without being consumed in the process." "One that precipitates a process or event, especially without being involved in or changed by the consequences" I love change. Not for change sake, but because I love seeing changed lives. I want to be a Catalyst! I want to be a change agent. I desire to make a difference in the world for Jesus! I want to be a part of something bigger than myself! How does one do this? I think that I have to be changed. I have been and still am changing. I'm a different person today than when I moved to Mobile. I am humbled! I'm broken. That is good. I can't do things on my own. That is good. That is where God wants me to be. Nothing pumps me up more than to see lives changed because of God. Too often churches try to be something I don't think He wants. We add so many programs that we are too busy to build community. In a community, people care about each other. In a community, people know each other. I'll be honest, I don't know my neighbors well. I don't know half the people in my church very well. This stinks!!!!! It is partly my fault. It is partly the system we have in church. What's the point? What is the goal of our church? Matthew 28:18-20 says the goal is to make disciples. Most SBC churches make "converts." We brag about baptisms and church membership. We have canned sales presentations called "FAITH" or "CWT" or "THE NET." We put notches on our belts bragging about how we are right. We fight over the Bible and whether it is inerrent or infallible. When is the last time we (including me) fought for a person. When is the last time we cried because someone didn't know Jesus? How many of these "converts" are growing in their faith? What is the goal? How do we know when we have won? I'm not saying I have all of the answers. To me we need to streamline our ministries. As I said yesterday we need to quit "DOING CHURCH" and BE THE CHURCH!
posted by Kevin Bussey at 9/28/2005 10:54:00 AM