Tuesday, September 29, 2015

CRUISE-SHIP CHURCH VS. RESCUE-SHIP CHURCH


On a Cruise Ship people expect to be served.
      On a Rescue Ship people expect to serve.


On a Cruise Ship the staff takes care of the passengers.
      On a Rescue Ship those on board take care of one another.


On a Cruise Ship gratification comes from the comfort and the beautiful scenery.
      On a Rescue Ship gratification comes from participating in the mission.


On a Cruise Ship relationships are superficial.
      On a Rescue Ship relationships are close-knit and meaningful.


On a Cruise Ship not much is expected of the passengers.
      On a Rescue Ship every person has an assignment and participates in the mission.


On a Cruise Ship the thrill comes from the food, service and entertainment.
      On a Rescue Ship the thrill comes from accomplishing the mission.


On a Cruise Ship you hear, "I like this" or "I don't like that."
      On a Rescue Ship you hear, "How can I help?"


On a Cruise Ship the energy is put into those who are "on board."
      On a Rescue Ship the energy is put into those who are "out there."


On a Cruise Ship the captain responds to the people's requests.
     On a Rescue Ship the people respond to the captain's orders.


On a Cruise Ship everyone rejoices when they get to sit at the captain's table.
      On a Rescue Ship heaven rejoices when even one who is lost is saved.


What kind of ship is your church?


-- Rev. Dave Wilkinson, adapted from Paul Kaak in New Directions for Small Group Ministry


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