Does Your Church Needs the Full MRI?

Kenny Jahng —  2009/04/18 — 10 Comments

The constantly nagging question for the Church is where should it focus and what are the measures for success?

The old model has clearly been the ABC model for doing Church: How large is your attendance?  Are you building out the physical plant of your church? Are you drawing people into your buildings?  Are you creating ministries and programs that reinforce your church as the fundamental epicenter?  How are you attracting people to your church? And are people giving out of their wallets? Tithing? Sacrificing for the offering plates?

The big trap is when the Church- literally – is the focus, purpose and intention of the ministry.

Let’s make sure we’re packing the pews the more people!  Is this program or that program supporting our objective to position the church (its vibrant programs and ministries!) as the center of attention and focal point of the community?  Are we successfully teaching people to empty their wallets into the offering plate so that we can plan more programs?

But some are arguing for a new old model.  Leonard Sweet’s latest text, frames what the body of Christ was called to do within a simple, yet beautiful M-R-I model.


The intro chapter of So Beautiful: Divine Design for Life and the Church gives a taste of Sweet’s message. . .

So Beautiful, by Leonard Sweet

This is a message about Christian living.  And at the same time, it’s about the Christian church.

If you read further in Leonard Sweet’s  So Beautiful, God’s intention for how we are to live are lives are untangled in a way that will probably manifest itself in one of those classic “ah-ha!” moments.

Have you ever thought you knew what you were trying to doing?  Perhaps you knew with confidence regarding the direction you were heading.

But the best writers sometimes take what’s right in front of us, and bring it into crystal clear focus – so that we can have exacting details for what are are to do next.

Isn’t it time that the Church gets the full MRI?
And isn’t it time that your church considers the MRI?

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10 responses to Does Your Church Needs the Full MRI?

  1. This is great, Kenny. Thx! for "getting it." If the readers of your blog want to live a "so beautiful" life, then they must navigate their lives toward the missional, the relational, the incarnational. In fact, if something is beautiful, true and good, it will be MRI.
    Still in One Peace,

  2. @Leonard Sweet — Thanks for the encouragement. I think it is easy for most to "get it' at this 10,000 foot level. But the danger is that people just leave it at that.

    Personally, I think you book really pushes us to go further are really reinvent ourselves (and the Church) at the same time to back to the original mission of the Great Commission!

    I hope others will pick-up So Beautiful and see what I mean.

  3. FYI, a 45 minute interview with Leonard Sweet is available for download (mp3 or WMA format) now where he discusses the MRI model and his So Beautiful book.


  4. Here's another video of Len Sweet at the NW Ministry Conference for those that want more of his thoughts on Church today and the future…

    LEN SWEET at NW Ministry Conf Video

  5. Jesus, Jesus?

    Not a word of the Holy Bible?

    Where is your first Love?

  6. @B Stafford – Not clear what you're aiming at with your comment, but if you read the MRI text, you'll see Jesus and the Holy Bible exalted up high.

    In fact, you may want to take a quick read of A Jesus Manefesto which Sweet and Frank Viola crafted this past year. You'll find Jesus, at least, my first love, at the very heart and center of it.

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