How much is immeasurably more?
The apostle Paul had just prayed for the Ephesian church to “be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Eph. 3:19) His next line says that God is “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine”. It begs the question. How much more is that?
Sit with that question.
We can ask or imagine a lot. When we built out our church family home in San Juan Capistrano, we imagined it would be a home for the wanderer and rest for the weary. We imagined worship, community events, teaching and a base for serving our neighbors. In fact, our whole building campaign was built on Ephesians 3:20 and the theme of “imagine”.
2020 was nothing we imagined
And yet, God did more. He surprised us with expanding our reach online. We did more community service and gave away more money than ever before. You found more ways to connect to each other and to your neighbors. People gave more than might be expected in such a year of uncertainty. But all that can be measured. We have the numbers.
What is immeasurable?
Perhaps the immeasurable part of all of it is impact. What God does with what we give him is up to him. Like a little kid with five loaves and two fish, we give him what we have and he multiplies it to do immeasurably more than we asked or imagined. Our part is to give him what we have. His part is to multiply it.
Stakeholders are measurable
This weekend we will have our stakeholder meeting on Saturday at 10 AM. We will share some of the measurables from this year. Those who attend will hear stories and statistics.
During this season, our number of stakeholders has decreased. Several have moved away. Some have joined new church plants. A few have fallen away. Others have gone in search of a better fit.
Many have joined us during this season online. Lots of new people are coming each week as we gather outside. Several became stakeholders at our welcome home event last week. Some of you may be ready to make a commitment now.
One thing I can say: our stakeholders are our church. We measure our church in stakeholders. The commitment of stakeholders is measurable. The impact of their stake in the church is immeasurable.
Impact is immeasurably more
While we can count people committed to serving, tithing, attending, keeping the unity and embodying the values (S.T.A.K.E.), we can’t count the impact that will have on generations to come. What you do matters. What God does with what you do matters for eternity.
If you are a stakeholder, register for our stakeholder meeting Saturday morning. We need you.
If you are not a stakeholder, now is the time to join us. We need you too.
Sunday we will have a pancake breakfast and celebrate what we can measure. We will also ask God to take what we offer him and do immeasurably more.
I hope you will join us,