Earlier this week I had the privilege of hanging out with two pastors that have been very successful leaders in ministry and church planting. One of the pastors I was with shared a story about a meeting he had with a group of people that were thinking about planting a church. After listening to this group talk about their plans to plant a church, this pastor asked the group a very simple, but very strong question.
“Does is bother you that __________?”
Does it bother you that your neighbors may not go to church?
Does it bother you that a kid in your community fell asleep last night after being abused by their parent(s)?
Does it bother you that many families in your community are going through splits and divorces?
Does it bother you that the dad down the street from you is an alcoholic?
Does it bother you to drive by the homeless person on your way to work?
Does it bother you that teenagers in your community are having sex outside of marriage?
Does it bother you that most of those in your community don’t know what the bible says about the life God wants for them?
Does it bother you that a large percentage of the people in your community are going to go to hell when they die if they do not surrender their lives to Christ?
Do these things bother you enough to be on your knees and pray that God would radically work in your community?
These are sobering questions that you and I can use to check our burdened “temperature” for the unbelievers in our communities.
Does it bother you that ___________?