When I was hired on at Northwest one of the things the elders wanted me to do was involvement. When I started I really didn’t know what that meant so I got online and did a google search for “church of Christ” and “involvement minister”. I found a half-dozen people who had that title and sent them all emails asking them for advice. Turns out, they didn’t know either!
At that time, I really thought involvement was about getting as many people as possible to show up for all the events of the congregation. Turns out, you can get people to come to something but that doesn’t mean growth is occurring in any meaningful way. That doesn’t mean fellowship activities are bad or that we should stop having church Christmas parties. It does mean that we have to be aware of how what we do advances our purposes as the people of God. It means we have to be purposeful in what we plan. We also have the responsibility of communicating to the congregation why these events were important enough to organize and invite people to participate in.
When we don’t spend time evaluating that, many events happen that really shouldn’t continue. It is better for something to die than for it to continue on for decades without a purpose. If the purpose is getting something to fill a date on the calendar, that doesn’t cut it. I don’t think we should get neurotic making sure we have a scripture to back up every event we do but it does matter that we are purposeful and that we communicate well why we do what we do. When people can see how what we do advances the kingdom of God, we won’t have to twist their arms for them to participate. Notice I didn’t say “for them to come” but “for them to participate” because involvement is more than showing up. Involvement must be about participating in kingdom movements.