A team is not a bunch of people with job titles, but a congregation of individuals, each of whom has a role that is understood by other members.— Meredith Belbin
Eye-opening Congregation quotations
I am also actively involved in my church and its community activities.
We have programs to improve the lives of our congregation and programs of outreach in the community.
This most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o-erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire.
Prosperity Gospel”. At his United Church Science of Living Institute in New York he would tell his congregation “close your eyes and see green. Money up to your armpits, a roomful of money and there you are, just tossing around in it like a swimming pool.
This goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory.
Or perhaps you notice a congregation of ladybugs on a rose stalk.
Don't invoke the old nursery saying and ask them to fly away home. Their house is not on fire. Your roses are, with aphids, which the ladybugs are feeding on - and you can bless yourself that they have come to your rescue.
Any musical person who has never heard a Negro congregation under the spell of religious fervor sing these old songs has missed one of the most thrilling emotions which the human heart may experience.
Don’t allow the Internet to become your congregation. YouTube is a horrible place to go to church.
Christian proclamation might make the gospel audible, but Christians living together in local congregations make the gospel visible (see John 13:34-35). The church is the gospel made visible.
ask not for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee
Christ [is] the very essence of all delights and pleasures, the very soul and substance of them. As all the rivers are gathered into the ocean, which is congregation or meeting-place of all waters in the world: so Christ is that ocean in which all true delights and pleasures meet. . . .
Preaching is the primary means of growth for the local church.
There is a great deal of debate about this in our day, but it is the preaching of the Word that God most uses to build up a church, not only numerically but above all (and far more importantly) in spiritual depth and understanding of the people who make up the congregation.
The more we study the early Church, the more we realize that it was a society of ministers. About the only similarity between the Church at Corinth and a contemporary congregation, either Roman Catholic or Protestant, is that both are marked, to a great degree, by the presence of sinners.
There are entire congregations who worship praise and praise worship but who have not yet learned to praise and worship God in Jesus Christ.
The reason why congregations have been so dead is, because they had dead men preaching to them. O that the Lord may quicken and revive them! How can dead men beget living children?
The Church, during the apostolic age, did not consist of isolated, independent congregations, but was one body, of which the separate churches were constituent members, each subject to all the rest, or to an authority which extended over all.
I go farther, and say, that it is plainly our duty to desire pastors and teachers to take the care of such congregations, and that God did raise up such in the church as we see it in the word.
Music is a gut thing. You're working in a medium which is more in touch with the primal than the modern. A gig is a ritual. There's a congregation.
I believe a visible church to be a congregation of those who make a credible profession of their faith in Christ, and obedience to him, joined by the bond of the covenant.
When the congregation becomes the norm by which sermons are measured, a minister has put a mortgage on his soul.
The joining of the whole congregation in prayer has something exceedingly solemn and affecting in it.
A pastor should never complain about his congregation, certainly never to other people, but also not to God. A congregation has not been entrusted to him in order that he should become its accuser before God and men.
Finney preached and sometimes the whole congregation would get up and leave! that's good preaching.
Wherever God erects a house of prayer the Devil always builds a chapel there;
And 't will be found, upon examination, the latter has the largest congregation.
I feel a part of the congregation. I've never had to do special music. The kids sing in the choir. It's just normal. We're treated like everybody else.
I don't think we should discriminate against an organization or congregation because they're religious, if they're doing good work. But government can't subsidize proselytizing or worship or religious activity. It can't.
I've traveled all over the country for years speaking in churches, teaching the Ten Commandments. It's amazing if 2 percent of any congregation knows the Ten Commandments.
But I think it's up to a local congregation to determine whether or not a marriage should be blessed of God. And it shouldn't be up to the government.
The test of a preacher is that his congregation goes away saying, not "What a lovely sermon!" but "I will do something."
For I am verily persuaded the generality of preachers talk of an unknown and unfelt Christ; and the reason why congregations have been so dead is, because they have had dead men preaching to them.
I am a pastor, and I teach and preach the Bible to my congregation every week.
But the Bible is not a manufacturer's handbook. Neither is it a science textbook nor a guidebook for public policy.
If your children spend most of their time in other people's houses, you're lucky; if they all congregate at your house, you're blessed.
A joyful congregation is an attractive congregation.
Three miles long and two streets wide, the town curls around the bay .
.. a gaudy run with Mediterranean splashes of color, crowded steep-pitched roofs, fishing piers and fishing boats whose stench of mackerel and gasoline is as aphrodisiac to the sensuous nose as the clean bar-whisky smell of a nightclub where call girls congregate.
In Scotland, when people congregate, they tend to argue and discuss and reason;
in Orkney, they tell stories.