Build A Big Fire


I heard someone say recently that when we are trying to light a fire under ministries, what we are doing most of the time is like using a gas can on the bbq. It will build a big fire for a few seconds, but then you’re left with what you had before – except now it smells bad. What we should be doing is putting on nice, big logs that will burn for a long time.

We all want big fires that get noticed. That 6 week campaign that pushes everyone into groups. The message series that looks enticing on an evite. Those are great, but if the foundation for the fire is not in place, then at the end of the 6 weeks you will be left with what you had before.

We have to always think about next steps. What is the follow up process for those host groups that we started for the fall series? Do we have the infrastructure to assimilate the new people that attended out of curiosity and now want something more?

Almost anyone can blow things up for a minute, but the real trick is turning that spark into a long lasting fire.


About Chris Surratt

Chris Surratt is a ministry consultant and coach with over twenty-three years of experience serving the local church. Chris served on the Executive Teams at Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and Seacoast Church in Charleston, South Carolina. He is also the Discipleship and Small Group Specialist for LifeWay Christian Resources. Chris's first book, Small Groups For The Rest Of Us: How to Design Your Small Groups System to Reach the Fringes, was just released by Thomas Nelson.

Posted on May 14, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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