Margaret Feinberg – Hungry for God

 In Blog, Influence

What can I learn to grow my Church?

Feinberg-thumbPeople show up at Margaret’s church for muffins. People get excited for free food. But remember that a muffin is just a method. It fits into a box. Ultimately, we should be leading people to Jesus (not just our pet method).

What stirs the human heart to know God?

Margaret recommends several books that dwell on this question: David Kinnaman’s You Lost Me, Scot McKnight’s King Jesus Gospel and Kara Powell’s Sticky Faith.

How do you increase someone’s spiritual appetite?

When you plan, think of a specific person. It creates more cohesive conversations. For instance, when Margaret writes, her target is:

  • A 33-year-old, spiritually malnourished male.
  • He’s frustrated with his career because he thought he’d be further along.
  • He goes home to a house he can’t afford (and so can’t afford to quit his job).
  • His wife is more tired than he is.
  • All he wants to do is go to his man-cave and relax, but he chooses to give to his family.

Why this person? Because he’s the hardest to reach. If she can reach him, then she will pick up a lot more people.

Ask yourself this question: Do I have a clear picture of who I want to reach?

Our job as leaders is to stir up the hunger in others’ lives. Margaret used the example of a lactation nurse, who has to teach some infants how to be hungry for their mother’s milk.

mailMargaret takes us to the first chapter of John’s Gospel. Here we meet people who discover a hunger for Jesus all sorts of ways. It’s the same with our people today. There’s no one formula or method for coming to Jesus.

Ultimately, it’s God who stirs a hunger for God. Awakening people’s hunger is not a burden we bear, but a privilege we share.

We live in a time where discipleship is all hands on deck. We need everyone. We need every method. We can disagree all we want, but we need to do it in grace.

How do we do this?

  1. Depend on the Holy Spirit
  2. Have the people you’re trying to reach involved in your life.
  3. Ask them to be involved in what you do.
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