Does Attracting A Crowd Make Discipleship Harder?

For at least a generation now, the predominant thinking in most of the pastoral training I’ve received has gone like this:

  • Do whatever is needed to attract a crowd
  • Use the opportunity to preach the gospel in a compelling way
  • Know that a significant percentage of the crowd won’t come back, but…
  • If the crowd is big enough, the small percent who stay will be enough to grow your church
  • Those who stay can be discipled

I used to believe that method was the best way to build a strong church. I’m finding it harder to believe with every passing day.

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