Ever so subtly, we start to think that success more critically depends on thoughtful sociological analysis than on the gospel; Barna becomes more important than the Bible.
The mandate to make disciples is clear, and almost no one will deny it is central to our work. But when it comes to Sunday school classes, Bible study groups, the ministry of the Word, and all the many other ways we gather people in order to instruct and exhort them, how much real discipleship are we achieving?
Church growth that is not inspired by Christ's power to transform lives is dangerous. Ultimately, I believe, it will prove to be as displeasing to the Head of the church as numerical stagnation. The congregation that is secularized and adds secularized members to its rolls is simply confirming itself in its indifference to the will … Continue reading When Church Growth Is Dangerous
Churches must be less concerned about how to get people into their buildings and more concerned about whether those who gather in the building are living more like Christ among those outside the building. ~ "Now In Flesh Appearing"