Churches in Perpetual Spring Training

Posted: February 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

A wise pastor recently told me that 80% of pastors believe the church exists to reach the lost while 80% of those in the church believe it exists to serve those already saved.  Pastors may not even be aware of this disconnect. 

It is a useful exercise to list everything your church does from the children’s ministry to the worship service and ask whether it wins people to Christ, builds those already claiming Jesus as Lord or equips the saved to reach the lost.   Now, be sure to rate the ministry as to what it does not what it was intended to do!

Take a moment.  Go ahead…I’ll wait.

Now, how many programs are primarily winning new people to Christ? Any?

Many pastors may assume that by teaching the Word of God faithfully that this will lead the congregation to reach out to the lost but the evidence produced from everyone from Barna to internal studies by churches like Xenos have shown consistently that this is not the case.  This shouldn’t surprise pastors when 80% or more of their people believe teaching and preaching is just for their own individual benefit. 

Most “Biblical churches” are not following the biblical mandate to proclaim the Gospel to others.  They are churches in perpetual Spring training.  They are congregations that practice and practice but never hit the field of play. 

Recently at Revolution Church, we have hit the alt.control.delete button.  I and the rest of the church’s leadership were seduced by the “put on a good show” every Sunday mentality.  We see now that we need to model evangelism and discipleship for core groups  that replicate themselves.  There will be difficult days ahead but I would rather be stressed about reaching the lost than stressed about entertaining the saved.

How about you?

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Comments
  1. “It is a useful exercise to list everything your church does from the children’s ministry to the worship service and ask whether it wins people to Christ, builds those already claiming Jesus as Lord or equips the saved to reach the lost. Now, be sure to rate the ministry as to what it does not what it was intended to do!”

    That’s a hard thing to hear. I lead a Bible study with a friend of mine and although I can see those who come growing in their understanding and relationship with God, there is very little drive to go out.

    I taught on Mark 3 where Jesus calls the disciples and what amazed me most was his reason for calling them.

    1) to be with him
    2) to go out and preach
    3) to cast out demons

    This is why the twelve were called. This is why we have been called. It was very convicting. I like to spend time in books (the bible included) to expand my knowledge of God and life, but I rarely extend that outside of my own home. I rarely go out.

    This is a great post that really convicts me to step out more and be one of God’s sent ones

    • Revolution says:

      Dude, it hit me like a brick when I looked down at the exercise and saw that nearly all of Revolution’s ministries were “builds” instead of “wins” or “equips.” I’ve built a really a cool consumerist church and it is kicking my butt!

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