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