ZBC ZOOM - Zion Online Outreach Ministry
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Sunday, November 25 2018
Being related doesn't make someone relative. Just because there is a genetic tie, does not give anyone the right to feel they have power or control of you. Too many people trust and believe in those who not only do not have their best interest at heart, but are consistently looking to take from you for the betterment of theirselves. Do not be afraid to become a monster in order to scare off their drama. Do not be afraid to say "No, I can't help you" or "No, I won't help you" when they come looking for favors, handouts and sympathies. The same family who do you wrong, are running around telling everyone what you did to them! They are playing the victim and you become the black sheep.
You are allowed to terminate your relationship with those family members who are toxic. You are allowed to walk away from those who hurt you. You can be angry, selfish and unforgiven and not owe any of them an explanation for you taking care of YOU!
In a perfect world, we would all love and respect one another. When you love someone, nothing can keep you away. So when you have family that only come around when they need something, that's not love. And it is your choice, your truth, to have the ability to say...I'm okay with us being done. Be relative to your own thoughts, needs and desires.
Family is not an important thing, it is everything. So be sure your everything is everything you need.
Minister Cheryl Moore
Saturday, November 03 2018
Final Days!!! Gone Forever!!!
These words could be posted in your next church bulletin! It seems like we are hearing more and more about churches closing down. Churches that have been in communities for generations upon generations. Yet at the same time, there are new churches popping up on every other block.
Take a look at your city, your community, hell - your street! Who do you know? What are you involved in? When was the last time you involved yourself in a church ministry or activity? Where are you in your own spiritual walk? Why is your church losing it's members? How can we fix this?
First, we must understand what the problem is.
Has there been consistant leave taking in your church?
Is there a generational split in your church?
Has there been a significant increase in the cost of housing in your area?
Are new churches popping up all around you with seemingly flourishing attendance?
Well, if you can answer YES to any of these questions, your church probably is caught in the "AS IS" syndrome. Churches today need to evolve and involve others, not those who already go to church...but the ones who sit at home or have there own opinions as to why church is not for them. If people are consistantly taking leave, where are the going or what are they doing? Not asking can mean the difference in a 100 year old church thriving or dying. If your church consists only of grandparents and parents, where are the young folk? Do they stay home because you don't have anything to offer that is relatable to them? Does the pastor or the congregation grumble when babies cry? If rents and housing cost have doubled, chances are the older folks are being bought out by younger, professional, wealthy individuals, and if gentrification is taking place, there are probably a new lot of folks who don't believe in "traditional" church values. They are non-demoninational, multi-racial, bi-lingual and tech savvy. They want projectors and lights and praise teams and revolving ministers. And if you are not offering any of this, then the explanation to the last problem is obvious.
The answer is in the ability of your church to adapt, renew, and evolve. Maybe you can combine with another smaller failing church. Perhaps you can open a daycare, or offer an afterschool program. You could host elder care events and activities. Or you could merge with existing city or town programs.
But the biggest thing you must do, is to do something! Don't wait until the liquidation banner replaces your church motto!
Minister Cheryl Moore