Canoeing the Mountains: Part 13

“Code is like a magnet in that it attracts people who resonate with it and are eager to be part of a similarly committed community.” —Kevin Graham Ford

As we continue thinking about our beloved church and what makes Agape Baptist Church, “Agape Baptist Church,” let’s remember back to last week’s post about a congregation’s DNA.

Tod Bolsinger talks about an organization’s DNA: “In biology, DNA ‘contains the genetic information that allows all modern living things to function, grown, and reproduce.’ In human bodies, our DNA is code that makes each of us unique, helps us to survive and thrive, and is what we pass on to offspring in reproduction. In organizational systems thinking the DNA of a group is a way of describing the essential and unique attributes—the ‘defining essence’ or code of that group.”

Each and every congregation has its own DNA. Again, DNA is not inherently good or bad. It simply is. The culture that is created from a church’s DNA has the potential to become good or bad. That is why mindful awareness is needed.

When a newcomer spends enough time with a congregation, they begin to get a sense of the church’s DNA. Sometimes it is apparent on the first visit. Sometimes it takes several meaningful encounters and conversations with the people of the congregation for it to be known.

While attractional methods of church growth may experience some success, at the end of the day, it is resonance with a church’s DNA or code that will create a long-term commitment to a congregation.

As Kevin Graham Ford writes, “Code is like a magnet in that it attracts people who resonate with it and are eager to be part of a similarly committed community.”

People that are drawn to the DNA of Agape Baptist Church will naturally be drawn into the community and compelled to invest.

People that are not drawn to the DNA of Agape Baptist Church will naturally pass on through, likely have nice things to say about our church, but in time, they will continue searching for a faith community with a DNA that draws them.

Again, DNA is not inherently good or bad. So as we experience this, people be drawn in or not, we can have a measure of understanding.

What is it about Agape Baptist Church’s DNA that draws you in?

What is it that does not draw others in?

Peace to you,

 

MM

Canoeing the Mountains: Part 13