Opportunities for Churches Today

October 17, 2022

Opportunities within Community Experiences

There is no shortage of church programs right now. You can find something for different generations, seasons of life, and interests. Yet, people are thirsting for more. They desire connection. One of the greatest opportunities we have at our disposal right now is the ability to make and create authentic friendships within our communities. If the local church is the largest movement in the world, then it’s because our founder established a model we can follow.

The churches with the most significant influence are those that understand how to engage and build community.

What if we began to pioneer and champion building communities of authenticity? It’s not hard at all. It just requires us to reframe how we see our schedule. We all naturally have rhythms of life, work, and play. Seeing these domains of relationship as mission fields of friendship could be advantageous for the cause of Christ. The churches with the most significant influence are those that understand how to engage and build community. If your church was gone, would it be missed?

Every year our church hosts a Christmas store. The goal is to create a pop-up experience where locals can shop for new donated toys at 70% off, the same toys you would find in Walmart or Amazon. This event has led to opportunities for people in the community to get to know one another and build a genuine relationships. It has been an exercise in true hope-building.

Opportunities within Shared Experiences

We are called to help people capture shared experiences. Everything about the faith that we profess is about this. Take baptism, for example. This episodic and prophetic experience is an invitation for all to see. Just the other day, our church baptized 15 people. Those people will never forget that day. Why? Their whole being is now attached to a deeply spiritual and meaningful event. This type of transformational way of thinking can accelerate disciple-making in our churches.

Opportunities within Digital Experiences

The advent of social media has yielded a surprising opportunity. Now more than ever, we have become a digitally connected community. If it was a country, Facebook would be the largest mission field in the world. What does that mean for us? We can now leverage this digital phenomenon and use it for the cause of Christ. For example, we can equip “Digi-pastors” to launch fresh expressions of the kingdom called digitally.

Opportunities within Congregations

In the early days of the church, ordinary missionaries were commissioned to make disciples. If you look at the life of Barnabas, we see a businessman turned apostle. How? Why? Church leadership saw in him what he did not see in himself. Dave Ferguson talks about this in his book “Hero Maker.” Essentially, the job of every senior leader is to enjoy the fruit grown on other people’s trees. It’s transitioning from being the story’s hero to raising others to discover who they are.

As churches today face unprecedented challenges and crises, we are well-positioned to actualize opportunities. Which of these opportunities will you take?

Myron Pierce

Myron Pierce

Myron is the founder and lead pastor of Mission Church in Omaha. At the age 18, he faced a life sentence in prison for his life of gang banging, drugs, and crime. Myron surrendered his life to the Lord Jesus and while leaving the courtroom he heard God whisper, 'I'm going to get you out of prison to plant churches.'" Through a series of miracles, the prison doors opened for him after 8 years. His call is to saturate every U.S. inner city with new churches. Myron received his B.A. in Biblical Studies and Business Leadership at Grace University. Alongside leading the churches, Myron operates three small businesses. He trains leaders to plant businesses while planting a church.
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