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How Wide Should Pastors Cast The Net?

So, How wide should your pastor cast the net? Many pastors and churches are continually frustrated by this. If we cast it too wide will we end up with a luke-warm church? If we don’t cast wide enough how will our church survive? Without oversimplifying the issue here are some great ways to come to grips with your churches net.

It’s not that hard. You and your church shouldn’t have to struggle. Here’s my list:

  1. Once you make up your mind try it for three months and then evaluate. There is nothing unholy about adjusting your strategy.
  2. Don’t let another church around the corner decide for you. We are not supposed to associate our value as people based on the accomplishments of others. The same holds true for the church. Feel free to use common sense here. If you have one childcare worker to watch 50 kids from birth to 6th grade moms won’t come back.
  3. Read the parable of the sower.  We see that the farmer cast more seed than was needed. You should too. At least the farmer could see where he tossed the seed. I’m sure farmers don’t try and waste seed, but when you have to toss by hand some is going to miss it’s mark. Again, use common sense. Don’t put up flyers on the bulletin board of another church. Do advertise on a radio station that has listeners in your target demographic. You can contact me if you want some help with this.                                                                                                                                                                                                      Matt 13:3-9   3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.”  
  4. Fail forward. This a term used by John Maxwell. It means learn from your mistakes and stay positive. Not everything you do will work. You may have a horrible church split over what kind of coffee filters should be used at the monthly pot-luck. You may even have to close your doors. Think of it like this. If two Christians are running for the same political office only one can win. That doesn’t mean the looser wasn’t supposed to enter the race. If four Christian runners race the 100 meters should the race end in a tie? You get the picture.

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