Pastor John Van Pay was inspired to focus on one relationship at a time at his church, Gateway Fellowship in San Antonio, TX after visiting a shepherd in Israel who showed him how he cared for his sheep. Van Pay makes sure he is home five nights a week after failing to be around for his family. Van Pay leads one of the fastest growing churches in America because he keeps his focus on discipleship simple.
Why this story matters for church leaders:
Ministry can turn into lots of programs, but one of the fastest growing churches has a very simple focus on friendships that is very effective.
- Staying Home : How does this pastor’s goal of staying home five nights a week sound to you?
- How to Put People First? What would you need to do with your daily schedule in order to put relationships first?
- Leaders Model Relationships: Van Pay notes that he focused on relationships for his staff first before telling them to do the same.
What would a relational focus like this look like in your church?
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