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Thanks for visiting. We’re excited about what pilotknob.org can offer to both members of Pilot Knob Lutheran and the surrounding community. There are many churches in the North Iowa area, each with its unique ability of serving in the Body of Christ. We pray you find the congregation God has chosen for you to serve.

We encourage you to not only take a look around, but also tell us about your visit: how you use the web site, and what you’d like to see added to pilotknob.org. We desire to be a resource for the Christian and non-Christian alike. Thank you, and may God enrich your day.

We hope you’ll visit us in person, too! We’re a short drive from numerous communities: Forest City, Fertile, Hanlontown and Joice, Iowa.

Rev. Robert Snitzer Rev. Robert Snitzer

How do we get people to come to church?

Ask them.

We had a very informative and engaging workshop February 8, led by Rev. Dean Stoner, the National Missions Director of the AALC. He began by asking, “Why does PKLC exist? What are we here for?” Those are important questions for us and every church to keep thinking about, praying about and coming up with answers.

Why does any church exist?

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
 —Matthew 18:19-20
TO MAKE DISCIPLES! In other words the church is the church only when it exists for others. Sadly out of approximately 300 million Americans, only 18% attend church, 10% have never attended and about 156 million adults and children stopped attending church. 80% of churches in America worship with less than 100 people. How do we get people to come to church? The number one way is to — ask them.

We were reminded that God has blessed PKLC with gifts, gifts and talents that you and I have been given by our creator to be used for blessing others. No one can legitimately say, “I have no gift worth sharing.” So PKLC is blessed with a pile of assets waiting to engage the community. One of the most frequent ways congregations engage their community is through fund raisers, so kids can attend camp, or to pay needed repairs and so on. That means the church’s outlook is to see how it can tap into the resources of the community that will benefit the church rather than offering the church’s resources for the benefit of the community. The message fundraisers convey to the community is; we are interested in your money but we’re not interested in you. For outreach to be effective it must have a way of connecting with individuals for possible follow up.

Another aspect Rev. Stoner touched on was men’s ministry. Only 39% of men attend church, or 26 million in America. The average church has several programs or studies designed for women and/or children but few if anything for men. One size does not fit all. Men and women look at life differently and have different fears and needs. Men look for masculine elements of worship, and they want to be challenged. Their fear is powerlessness and their need is for respect. They are looking for purpose, vision, and reason to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.

What Pilot Knob Lutheran Church needs to discover is what are the needs in our community that can be served by our current assets; to establish a foot print, something we will be known for in the community. To help accomplish this we will be having a follow-up workshop at 10:15 AM on Sunday, April 12. The purpose is to continue the enthusiasm we caught, brainstorm what needs we can meet that can establish an avenue of follow up. Come with ideas or simply listen. No one will be appointed to a job or told they need to do more. This should be an enjoyable and challenging time.

Are you ready for an enjoyable and challenging time as a follower of Jesus Christ?

 —Pastor Bob


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