Churches that had a long-term focus on the essentials before the pandemic were far more likely to have grown stronger during it. And they’re gaining ground as we come out of it.
Church & Culture
Instead of “if your church disappeared tomorrow, would your community miss it?”, we need to ask “Would anyone miss us? And who are they?” That’s what matters. They are your mission field.
Chasing relevance makes our churches look the same in ways we should be different – from each other and from the culture.
You can live a vibrant faith in Christ even when it is a minority expression. There are strong, healthy, missional churches in the post-Christian pockets of the country and the world. In fact, those churches are often stronger and more mission-minded because we have to be.
There may be nothing more important to the mission of a church than having a healthy culture. And that culture, conscious or not, is the linchpin that holds any congregation together – or tears it apart.
Churches and pastors that are putting all or most of their ministry energy into the weekend service are misunderstanding how people make faith decisions now.