New Church Life March/April 2017 - Page 85

     The next angels with new spirits then instruct them – much as the Lord taught on earth, by asking people a lot of questions. So it is important to show a real interest and be a good listener. It’s also a good exercise in humility. With young adults today most are not joiners but doers. We need to find ways to involve them in the life of the church. Being useful is an important part of building community. What we offer in the New Church can be life changing but Mac found it was very important to solicit feedback. What is working? What isn’t? Their opinions matter. Effective outreach is more than just offering truth. We need to involve people in good works also, such as service projects. We should be inviting people not just to worship with us but to serve with us. Out of this experience Mac is developing theories which he is presenting to the clergy. As an evangelist he identifies particularly with the statement in the Sermon on the Mount: “Let your light so shine that men may see your good works and glorify God in heaven.” We can all let our light shine. We also have The Great Commission at the end of Matthew to “go forth and baptize all nations.” Growing the Church really starts with the individual and we all have a role. The primary use of the priesthood, as described in the Writings, is to instruct in the truths of faith and lead to the good of life. The old idea of evangelism was simply sharing truth. But we can’t just feed truth to people without showing how it applies to life. We should be inviting people in to the good of life and to be changed by it. We know that unless we add good to truth we don’t really have a church. Our approach should be: here’s what is true now let’s go out and practice it. The number one criticism of organized religion is that it doesn’t practice what it preaches. To reach new people – especially young people – we should not be standing in front of them preaching but inviting them to stand next to us. We need to be involved in our communities by planting seeds. Church growth should not be the specific goal but simply increasing the way that people are connected to the Church and the Lord. If we practice love to the neighbor the Lord will bless our efforts. To contact Mac Frazier: mac.frazier@gmail.com) Effective outreach is more than just offering truth. We need to involve people in good works also, such as service projects. We should be inviting people not just to worship with us but to serve with us. 151