Pastor Matt Recommends “AND: The Gathered and Scattered Church”

Posted: February 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

I’ll be posting a review of the book AND: The Gathered and Scattered Church by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay (Zondervan: 2010) next week but if you read this blog on a regular basis then you know I already think highly of it. 

Take a look at the video, read a quote from the book below the vid  and then drop what you are doing and go buy it right now.  It is nothing short of required reading for any church planter but I also highly recommend it for every traditional church pastor as well.

“The problems first arise in what many now call assimilation ministries.  A while back, assimilators touted that people make a decision about whether or not they’ll come back to a church within the first ninety seconds of their visit.  So, we work hard to make sure that our greeters are friendly and our music is appropriate, and the coffee is nice and hot so that we won’t lose people right away.  Granted, there may be some sociological factors behind all this, and most assuredly Jesus wouldn’t have said, “Go out of your way to make people feel awkward and uncomfortable.”  But we need  to realize that this line of thinking is really about the church service and whether or not people may come back to our service again.  It does not, however, determine whether or not someone actually wants to follow Christ.  It only addresses whether they want to get up the next week, put on nice clothes, and drive back to our church.  If that’s not our primary goal then perhaps focusing too much on assimilation is the wrong approach.

Again, we must remember that the main goal of spiritual leadership is not about trying to keep people in our churches or win their loyalty over another church around the corner.  We have to keep pushing back toward the real process of making people into little Jesuses.  Assimilation is not the same as spiritual formation.”


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