No Orphans Allowed

by | Mar 18, 2013 | Church Leadership

orphans

Lately I have been doing a lot of web design using WordPress–it is the engine that drives my blog.  Many websites using WordPress allows users to sign up for accounts and then website Administrators can assign new users a role like “Contributor”, “Author”, “Editor”, or “Administrator”.  However, Administrators can also choose to leave users with “no role” at all.

Now here is something you may not know.  Users who are never given a role on the website are called “Orphans.”  In other words, an Orphaned user can choose to join the site, but they still may have no real purpose.

Orphaned users on a WordPress blog is one thing, but Orphans in the Church is a whole different matter.  There are two kinds of Orphans I see in the church.

  • Orphans by Design – Some churches encourage new users (membership), but they resist giving them a meaningful role in the church Family.
  • Orphans by Choice – Some people love the consumerist benefits of being a user of the church, but wont commit to help in serving the church.

Whether you are an Orphan by Design or Choice, the result is the sameーyou are not experiencing the joy of Christian faith! The Scriptures teach us that at one time every believer was an Orphan, but through Jesus’ death and resurrection we are adopted as Sons into His Family (church).  So many times in the past I have taught on this very topic and emphasized the blessings of adoption;  we have an eternal inheritance,  we have the hope of eternity, we have the blessing of Church, but much like the Prodigal Son, each one of us can be a Son, and still chose to live like an Orphan.

What I have learned from WordPress design is that Adoption into Jesus’ church is incomplete without a role for every person. It is not enough to “sign-up” for membership.  It is not enough to be adopted.  Church “users” must be given and/or seek out their purpose, use their giftings, and serve the church.

Get 15% off my new book More Than Cake: 52 Meditations For Building Church Planting Teams using the code “6LNL5XNK” right here: https://www.createspace.com/3375589

Church Website Hero

Church Website Hero offers a done-for-you service that takes all the stress, hassle and guesswork out of building and managing your church website.

Joe Miller

Dr. J.R. Miller is a church planter currently living in San Diego, California with his wife and three sons. He is an author and avid blogger. You can reach him at either www.MoreThanCake.org Read more about J.R. Miller at his author page.

FREE E-Book by Steve Sjogren and Jeff Hoglen

FREE E-Book by Steve Sjogren and Jeff Hoglen

Jeff and I are big fans of quotes. For communicators, a powerful quote that’s well placed will stir your listeners and/or readers. The following are some of our favorites — in fact this is a just a small part of several thousand on hand. Perhaps more quote books will follow… — God’s best to you and your communication gifts — may these be powerful tools in your hands! – Steve Sjogren

Check your email for a confirmation message and the link to your ebook!