Personal spiritual growth is essential in our Christian life.
 
At Walters Memorial we continue to take time to invest in our relationship with God.
 
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As we meditate on this personal reflection question let us ask God for guidance and direction in all areas of our lives.
Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive  -     By: Thom S. Rainer
 
 
God, open my eyes that I might see my church as You
see it. Let me see where change needs to take place,
even if it is painful to me. And use me, I pray, to be
an instrument of that change whatever the cost.
 
Chapter 2 – Slow Erosion
God, please let me be part of the solution and not the problem. Show me what I need to see. Open my eyes to Your reality. And give me courage to move forward in the directions You desire.
 
Chapter 3 -The Past is the Hero 
 God, give me the conviction and the courage to be like the heroes of Hebrews 11. Teach me not to hold onto those things in my church that are my personal preferences and styles. Show me not only how to let go, but where to let go, so that I may heed Your commands more closely.
 
Chapter 4 – Refusing to Look Like the Community
God, give my church and me a heart for our community. Let me see people through Your eyes. And give me the courage and the wisdom to let go of this church, so that others who best reflect this community can lead us and teach us.
 
Chapter 5 – The Budget Moves Inwardly
Lord, help me grasp that all the money I think I have is really Yours. Help me to grasp that all the money our church has is not the church’s, but Yours. Give us healthy giving hearts to use these funds according to Your purpose.
 
Chapter 6 – The Great Commission Becomes the Great Omission
Lord, remind me that I am to be a Great Commission Christian in a Great
Commission church. Remind me that, in Your strength, I am to do whatever it takes to reach out into my community with the transforming power of the gospel.
 
Chapter 7 – Preference-Driven Church
Lord, open my eyes to the needs of others. Show me how to live more like Your
Son, who always put others’ interests first. And especially show me that attitude as I serve in my church.
 
Chapter 8 – Pastoral Tenure Decreases
Please give our pastor a heart and a vision to reach and minister to people
beyond our walls. Teach me to be the kind of church member who encourages and supports our pastor, so discouragement and disillusionment does not lead to departure.
 
Chapter 9 – The Church Rarely Prays Together
Lord, teach me to pray. Teach me to pray consistently. Teach me to be a leader
in prayer in my church. And teach me to keep passionate and believing prayer as the lifeblood of this church.
 
Chapter 10 – Church Has No Clear Purpose
God, reignite the hearts of our church members, including me, to have a passion for the gospel. Teach our church to share the gospel with others. Teach us to live as men and women who are true bearers of the good news of Jesus Christ. Remind us of our purpose. Convict us of our purpose. Empower us to live our purpose.
 
Chapter 11 – Church Obsesses Over Facilities
Lord, teach me the proper stewardship of all the material items You give me
personally and in my church. Help me never let that stewardship evolve into obsession and idolatry, especially where I lose my perspective on what really matters.
 
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