We can be very busy in church and ministry doing lots of things, even good things, but be far from reaching maximum effectiveness. Perhaps it’s because we aren’t using God’s standard of measurement. If you haven’t already done so, read the previous post before continuing on: Measuring Maximum Effectiveness
God not only defines maximum effectiveness,
… so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants … (Eph. 4:12-14)
but He also lets us know the means of getting there.
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (Eph. 4:15-16)
Maximum effectiveness in the Church can only be reached by maximizing the means He designed to get us there.
1) Maximize Reliance on God.
Depend on Him to equip (Eph. 4:11-12) and empower you to reach this measure of effectiveness.
Read: 2 Corinthians 9:8, Hebrews 13:20-21, and 2 Peter 1:3-8
Ask: How is the prayer ministry in your church?
2) Maximize Christ-likeness in all you do.
Yield to the work of the Holy Spirit so you reflect more and more of the character of Jesus, with love being the ultimate reflection.
Read: 1 Corinthians 2:6-16, Galatians 5:16-26 and 2 Peter 1:5-9
Ask: Does your church purpose reflect the need to love as He loves?
3) Maximize Involvement in the Church.
Encourage everybody to do their part.
Read: Romans 12:3-8, 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, and Ephesians 4:11-16
Ask: Are you teaching about and following God’s design for the Body?