3. Adapt our church structures to fit our changing realities
We have to stop asking people to fit into our idea of what church is.
Most of our buildings, schedules and events were designed to meet the needs of people who lived in a very different time than the one we live in now.
God’s Word is universal and eternal. It will always speak to the hearts of people. But the institutions we’ve built around it are not universal or eternal.
What Jesus said about the Sabbath might very well be said about our church structures. People weren’t built for them, they need to be built for people.
All for the glory of God.
4. Disciple and release church members
In too many of our churches, we’ve replaced discipleship with sermons, classes, obligations and events.
This is the nature of institutions. They begin by serving a noble cause – in this case to disciple people. But within a generation or two (sometimes less) they start serving themselves.
The church needs to get back to our prime mandate. Loving Jesus, loving others and discipling people to serve God together.
A Change Of Heart
Too often, we’re asking for the wrong solutions.
Our desires need to change.
Forget trying to convince people to give, attend and volunteer more.
They need to fall in love with Jesus again – or for the first time.
And so do we.
Pastors, preachers, teachers and other church leaders, we need to find our first love again. Our time, effort, energy and prayers have to shift. It can’t be about church attendance, offerings or volunteers any more.
We have to stop worrying about propping up institutions that may have had their day.
We need to fall in love with Jesus again. When we do that, others will see it, respond to it – and our offerings, attendance and volunteerism won’t be an issue any more.
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