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Who is Resposible for the Spiritual Maturity of the Church?

I can remember when my kids were finally old enough to go downstairs, get their own cereal, and turn on the television to watch Saturday morning cartoons. I remember because Lisa and I finally got to sleep in! Every parent understands what an incredibly glorious moment this is. And if you haven’t experienced this yet, well, you have much to look forward to.

This is kinda the whole point of parenting right? That our kids would grow up and move towards autonomy. That, among other things, they would learn how to feed themselves.

The same is true as new Christians begin to grow up and mature. The hope is that they would, among other things, learn to feed themselves.

And yet frequently I hear complaints by church attenders across North America that their church is not, “deep enough.” Essentially they’re saying that they’re hungry. And you want to know the first thought that passes through my mind when I hear comments like these? “If you’re hungry, eat. You know where the food is.”

You see at the end of the day each person is responsible for their own spiritual development, not their pastor. God is going to hold each unique individual accountable for his or her own thoughts, words, and actions. Not their pastor.

So the next time you hear someone complaining about how their church isn’t “deep enough” encourage them to take some personal ownership for their own relationship with Jesus and go get their own bowl of Cheerios.

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conducting a spiritual audit

Yesterday we gave our staff a half-day off…well sort of. All Sun Valley Staff, from top to bottom, were given a spiritual audit and simple instructions. Spend a leisurely restful morning doing something that fills you up. Sleep in, go for a hike, go on a motorcycle ride, hit a favorite coffee shop…whatever refreshes you. Then make time (about 45 minutes) to find a quiet place and answer 12 pre-designed questions on a spiritual audit. Following the spiritual audit, staff found a prayer guide that took an additional 45 minutes or so to go through. Finally staff made plans to meet a co-worker for lunch to discuss and debrief what God showed them through this experience. It was a simple way to invest in the team and reinforce that we want something for them, and not just from them. It was also a simple way to build a culture of authenticity among the team. Interested in the 12 questions from the audit? Check them out below…

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A couple of statements about spiritual maturity that will mess with you Part -2

Alright, so here’s the rest of the list I started the other day. Here’s to hoping some of this stuff causes as much internal discomfort and wrestling for you as it did for me.

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