"We may be struggling at church, but we are doing more than when we were taking in 3 times more money and having lots more in attendance. It sorta boils down to what you do with what you got. " - a New Hope member to me in an email
That lead me to put a blurb in the New Hope bulletin on Easter Sunday that said something like this: "In the last week, members of New Hope Baptist Church have delivered nearly one hundred meals in our community. We have fed and taught 35 children right here. We have sent money out to Malawi to help women raise their families out of poverty and to Christian Flights International to help rebuild an orphanage in Haiti.
If you want to invest your time, talents and resources in a church that loves God with everything we've got and loves our neighbors the same way - then come and join us."
I've been in churches when they were struggling, and they tend to withdraw from the community and "hunker down" or go into "survival mode." We've doubled down on the mission God gave us.
And we're trying to figure out what we're going to do with the $64.32 we had left as of Wednesday night. Not a misprint.
But neither is this.
Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:6-7 (NLT)
It's times like this that those words like the ones above - well, you have to make a decision: Do you really believe them or not? Are you willing to live by faith?