In recent weeks we have been looking at the 6 holy currencies introduced by Eric Law in his challenging book, “Holy Currencies: 6 Blessings for Sustainable Missional Ministries.” These currencies provide us with a helpful framework to see both needs and opportunities within our church and in our community. These currencies also help us to assess how well we are using all of our resources.
We believe that Trinity has a God–given purpose and mission. Scripture makes clear that God has provided all the resources we need to carry out his work here. As the Apostle Paul puts it in 2 Corinthians 9:8, “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” His resources may not always be discernible on the surface but they are there if we would prayerfully and carefully follow his leading and trust his promises. Let’s look at another currency that is vital to the cycle of blessings.
3. The Currency of Relationships. Believe it or not, money is not the primary issue in most financially struggling churches. The deeper issue is relationships. Having strong relationships and mutual trust among members of the church is essential for a sustainable ministry. These relationships are primary to accomplishing the ministries of the church by being exchanged for the other five currencies. Church members will gladly offer their volunteer hours for ministries when they have strong ties to the church community. Through healthy internal networks of the church, recruiting leaders for ministry is more easily accomplished, usually by friends asking friends to take up responsibilities. Members can offer their gifts and skills when they sense a strong tie to others and buy into the mission and vision of the church. Church members will offer financial support for a church that provides them with a meaningful supportive network of relationships.
The key purpose in developing relationships internally is to create wellness, unity and trust within the church community. In that environment, church members can mobilize other currencies (time and place, gracious leadership, wellness, truth and money) in the cycle of blessings.
Activities or programs that help create positive and constructive relationships within the church are not optional. Investment of time and resources to strengthen relationships both within and without can translate into spiritual growth of members and positive impact within our communities. The new small group ministry that Trinity will launch this coming October is one means of generating deeper relationships that hopefully will lead to wellness and increased ministry impact. How well are we using the currency of relationships?