Most of the people talked. I listened. There were three pastors who shared about the growth of their churches. I took down notes. At the conclusion of the day, everyone split up into four groups to discuss the merits of the three presentations. I absorbed everything.
Yesterday was a pastors' meeting of the Taiwan Free Methodist Church Annual Conference. We centered our discussions on the topic of church planting and reaching our goals for 2015. I wished we had more time to really grapple with the issues of growth and multiplication in our local churches, or what we hope to have in our churches in Taiwan. One day was not enough.
At one of the coffee breaks (or tea break), one pastor approached me and asked me if I could come to his church and visit the young people who are meeting on Saturdays. He wanted me to share about missions. I gladly accepted the invitation. I just wished more of pastors would take the initiative and invite us so we can come and challenge everyone to missions work. One day is not enough for discussion, but it can be an open door. It can be a good opportunity to challenge everyone about the primary goal of the church--to go out there and share the love of God to every weary soul and longing heart.
I hope people will stop talking and start going out into the world to be ambassadors for the Almighty God.