I was reading a blog post this week that said 3 of 4 church pastors say the number one challenge in church work it apathy. Apathy is defined as lack of enthusiasm, concern or interest. I started thinking through this and decided what things could help.... Here are my FOUR HELPS.
1. Address it - We have to remind ourselves and those we lead what we see. We need to remind people that we need them to invest in the ministry by giving their time, talents and financial resources. We have to remind them that we don't want something from them, but something for them.
2. Belong to a Community - It is one of the greatest encouraging things to be part of community. When you are in community with others, they help you carry the load. They can also spur you on to greater things and keep you engaged.
3. Create Curiosity - One of the things I think we all have to strive against is just floating. We find something that works great and we want to keep it and sustain it as long as possible and sometimes much longer than the life of it. Cultivate creativity by engaging the most people you can.
4. Deliver the Gospel - Nothing excites people and motivates them more than when they see lives being changed. We must share the gospel with those around us and when we do, God begins to change people When God changes people, there is an amazing motivation that happens.
So as you see, here it is ABCD's of getting rid of apathy
I am the Worship & Music Catalyst for the Georgia Baptist Mission Board.