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Péter Breaks Tradition

14 Mar 2017

Would you have the courage to change something your church has always done, but which was no longer working?

That’s what Péter did, and his church have seen more people become Christians in one year, than in the previous five!

Traditional Church

‘In Ukraine, many churches have lots of tradition, but not much impact,’ says Péter, pictured, a 40-year-old pastor of a church in L’viv.

‘When I joined this church, the choir’s food budget was seven times bigger than our evangelism budget! In five years, we’d seen only 10 people come to faith. But the choir were well fed!’

Asking Difficult Questions

When he started as a pastor, Innovista supporters enabled Péter and his team to join our training programme.

‘The training helped us ask hard questions. “Are we seeing lives changed?” “Why do we exist?”

In five years, we’d seen only 10 people come to faith. But the choir were well fed!’

‘We clarified our purpose. There are a lot of young families in our part of the city so we decided to focus here. Having a clear purpose helped us decide what to start – and what to stop.

The Courage to Stop

‘We changed Sunday services to be more attractive for young families,’ continues Péter. ‘But we also stopped some things which weren’t working.

‘I asked one man to stop preaching because he wasn’t helping the people we were trying to reach. I said, “Thank you and now it’s time to sit down.”

Having a clear purpose helped us decide what to start – and what to stop.

‘There is always resistance to change – especially when things have been done for a long time. But I found that change is easier when you have a clear purpose.’

Support When it was Needed

Thanks to Innovista supporters like you, Péter received some training and support at the right time which gave him the confidence to lead the church in a different direction. And it’s making a difference.

‘In one year, 14 young people have become Christians,’ says Péter. ‘That’s more than we saw in the previous five years combined!’

In one year, 14 young people have become Christians

What About You?

What about you? What is it in your church that needs to stop? And what needs to start?

May you be inspired by Péter to try something new to reach your community.

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