📄 Doug Spada, the decorated Navy Veteran and founder of WorkLife ministry, asks the question "Is your church a Cruise Ship or Aircraft Carrier?"
A Cruise Ship has all kinds of social and fun activities to enjoy each other’s company and build on growing relationships in the fellowship and suntans heading into the warm waters of the Caribbean, while an Aircraft Carrier is focused on training and preparing missionaries with a vision for deployment. They plan to rescue and take occupied positions and wounded hearts from the enemy on their Disciple Attack Jets.
Your church could be a Disciple Ship or a Mercy Ship sending well-trained believers in the Marketplace, Urban Areas and Mission Fields to reach and serve those hungering for the Gospel. Purpose: Fulfill the Great Commission.
A good friend of mind tells the story of 3 young couples who came to visit their traditional church one Sunday morning. They had no orientation class so suggested that the couples visit one of the older fellowship groups meeting that morning.
The group leader asked each couple to share with their guests their experiences with the church. As they went around, the first couple said they had been there 6 years and loved the fellowship with their friends. The next couple had been there for 10 years and had wonderful experiences and friendships. So it went, 10 years, 12 years, 14 years, father was one of the founders 20 years ago, etc.
Finally, one of the young couples stood up and said, “Thank you so much for your sharing. Obviously, this is a wonderful place and each of you loves this church. But we are committed to serving Jesus Christ and are looking for a place where we can know and fulfill our calling. So this is not the place for us. Thank you very much for your time and hospitality.” Then they walked out leaving the group in shock.
Could this be your church? If you were put on trial for serving Jesus Christ, would there be enough evidence to convict you?