Practice makes perfect. You’ve heard the expression “practice, practice, practice” when you were growing up and learning to do things.  As adults we’ve learned to garden, paint, work on our car or even come to enjoy a hobby through practice.

As a church, we have studied as a Church Council, and as a congregation, Bishop Robert Schnase’s book Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, These practices—The Practice of Radical Hospitality, The Practice of Fruitful Congregations, The Practice of Intentional Faith Development, The Practice of Risk-Taking Mission and Service, and the Practice of Extravagant Generosity. 

These foundational practices are critical to the effectiveness of congregations. Their presence and strength demonstrate congregational health, vitality, and fruit-fulness. For St. Paul’s by repeating and improving these practices, our church will move towards fulfilling our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Goals for our church over the next 5 years reflect this perspective.

Look for more to happen this Spring and Summer, including a trip to a conference at The Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas to learn practical ways we can implement ideas we have for our church.  You can start this preparation by obtaining Bishop Robert Schnase’s book Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations to read from Kim in the Church Office.