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.
This week I went to a restaurant with a large group of people. When the server took our order she didn’t write anything down. She said she could keep it all in her head. That’s impressive. Except. She didn’t get the order right. There’s no sense doing the extras if you’re failing on the basics.
For too many people “I don’t like it” is virtually indistinguishable from “this is bad.”
This lack of discernment is bad. Really and truly bad. Especially in the church.
When we elevate matters of taste to the level of right and wrong, we undercut our moral authority. People won’t trust us when we speak on things that truly are wrong.
As mature believers in Jesus – especially as Christian leaders – we should be able to tell the difference between our personal preferences and moral absolutes.
For example, here are five things I dislike, but I have discovered have some value.
If you asked a few hundred church members what characteristics they were searching for in a pastor, what do you think they’d say? You don’t have to wonder. Thom Rainer asked that question a while ago and published the top ten responses on his blog last week. When I first read the list, I smiled. …
People love Small Churches. It’s pastors who have a problem with them. The Grasshopper Myth book has been in the hands of the members of my church for about a month. And I’m currently teaching through the principles of it on Sunday mornings. (They’re being recorded and will be podcast here soon.) So the feedback …