“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of the partnership in the gospel from the first day until now being confident of this, that he who has begun a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:3-6
You have heard the adage “your attitude will determine your altitude.” I believe this has much to say to all congregations, Two Steeples included. So much is made of statistics—worship attendance, financial offerings, the number of baptisms, and the size of endowment etc.—but the real separating factor between thriving congregations and those struggling to survive, large or small, remains attitude. An attitude of gratitude is critical in establishing an arena of generous people constantly looking out for others whether members of the congregation or community. All the “numbers” are important, and must be evaluated, but it is the attitude of gratitude that lays the groundwork for a healthy future.
That’s why St. Paul loved the congregation at Philippi as much as he did. They struggled just like any other congregation of the time. But they had something special, which was their attitude, and it was this attitude that carried Paul. They were probably the most generous in supporting his ministry of any that he served. And the source of their attitude was the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
You are working toward your future at this time. You are determining your mission as Two Steeples and then preparing to call for pastoral leadership to move with you into that mission.
Continue uncovering that mission and eventually evaluating pastoral candidates to serve you by first checking your attitude in light of the Gospel that has been entrusted to the whole Church, and specifically to you as one parish. If your attitude is gratitude for who God is and what He has given to you, success will follow. If you are having “fun” with your faith, it will be contagious. Others will want to have what you have.