– opening gates – building walls
– tired, but loving it – fatigue/frustration
– fellowship in ministry – fighting over details, personalities
– growth in grace/converts – numerical plateau or decline
– good teaching with focus on harvest – teaching with no outreach objectives
– prayer for lost and harvest workers – prayer focuses only on needs of members.
– focus on resources for harvest – resources focused on members only
I was really humbled reading this, because my negative attitude brings to mind all the worst things here. But, on reflection, things aren’t totally dire! Greyfriars focuses a lot of resources on reaching people outside the church – time and energy is spent on Campaigners, Kids & Co., Mission in Need; money is sent to missionaries, Roots; prayer is maybe a bit vague or unspecific when it comes to local needs, but is more focused when it comes to interceeding for missions.
I guess the big question for us is, “Do we love our community?” The answer to that – or the extent to which we can genuinely show that – will affect most of the areas where we are failing.