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How can churches take the proper steps in writing a legacy for the future?

Don’t get me wrong: I love Pinterest.

Even though I don’t pin things regularly, it has definitely been a valuable social network. Besides providing inspiration for our family dinners or home decorations, several boards have really inspired me and made me rethink the way I do ministry.

One of the most interesting Pinterest boards is D. J. Chuang’s“Ex-Church” board.

Here, D. J. has shared images of church buildings that have been converted for other uses. From a Methodist Church in Ohio that is now a gym to an Anglican Church in England that is now occupied by an electric company, the board is filled with church buildings that are no longer used to share the Gospel.

I find D. J.’s board fascinating and incredibly sad.

While I agree the Church is not a building, I can only assume these churches gave up their buildings because they could no longer fill them or afford them.

These churches were once filled with hundreds of people learning about God’s love and singing praises. Somewhere along the way, they lost their vision or passion. Now clothing racks have taken the place of pews.

What saddens me most isn’t that the churches lost their buildings; it’s that they lost their legacies. The church a group of people worked so hard to build up is now nonexistent.

My hope is D. J.’s board would be a reminder to you. It’s important for your church to not only get the vision but also to be passionate about the future of your church and community.

If we don’t want to end up on Pinterest one day, we need to push the vision ahead.

How can churches take the proper steps in writing a legacy for the future?  

Justin Lathrop With over a dozen years of local church ministry Justin has spent the last several years starting business' and ministries that partner with pastors and churches to advance the Kingdom. He is the founder of Helpstaff.me (now Vanderbloemen Search), Oaks School of Leadership, and MinistryCoach.tv all while staying involved in the local church. Justin is obsessed with connecting people to people and lives his life daily to make the world a smaller place. He now serves as a consultant in the area of strategic relations predominately working with the Assemblies of God, helping to build bridges with people and ministries to more effectively reach more people. He blogs regularly about what he has learned from making connection at www.justinlathrop.com.

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