In each of the consultation reports we write you will always find recommendations starting with the words, “I recommend you thank God.” These words are followed by what we have discovered to be a blessing to the church from God.
We include these types of recommendations because we want to encourage each church to take time to celebrate and thank God for all the He is doing. This is part of the affirm and build model we use to help churches discover and build upon where God is moving, working, and blessing. This helps the church focus more on the things that are going well, rather than focusing on the negative, or the things they perceive to be done poorly.
Many churches we work with struggle to understand how to thank God. They are so busy doing so many other things they miss the idea that God wants to celebrate with us too, not just see us do ministry work. God wants to be a part of every aspect of our faith communities. Not because He wants to be recognized, or the center of attention, but because celebrating and thanking Him for His gifts draws us closer to Him and to each other. Celebrating and giving thanks is God’s will for us.
In Thessalonians 5 we read, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (vs 16,17,18 NIV) This is God’s affirm and build model for all of us!
In our ministry we have dedicated a day each month to stop everything we’re doing and together as a ministry team celebrate and thank God for what He is doing in our ministry. We take time to pray, fast, and have conversations and communications with those connected to our ministry and to thank God for them. We celebrate and thank God for our prayer warriors, support partners, donors, client churches, and friends of the ministry whom God has sent to partner with us in our mission.
Today is one of those days and throughout the day today our ministry team all over the country will be praying, celebrating, and thanking God for all of our ministry friends and partners. We believe doing this is God’s will for us. So, if you’re a supporter or friend of this ministry, THANK YOU! and we thank God for you!
How often to you pause to thank God for the gifts in your life, in your church or ministry?
How can you celebrate and thank God beyond Sunday morning or corporate worship services?