Practical Stuff for Church Leaders

The Church as the Delivery Mechanism for the Gospel Must Change!

Alan Hirsch has been rocking my boat lately. Here are some quotables from his session today at Velocity.

  • We will win or lose the battle for the Church from here in America. If it doesn't happen from America, it's going to continue to decline in America.
  • We live in a time when our decisions make a difference in the world--and that's a great thing to celebrate!
  • Missional is not just another cute buzz word--it changes everything about how we do church.
  • Many years ago--the church was in the center of society. Translating the language didn't take much.
  • But, the church is becoming increasingly isolated in a quickly changing world.
  • All communication of the gospel in the west is cross-cultural. We have to become cross-cultural missionaries. (I remember someone writing about that in Pop Goes the Church!).
  • Attractional churches work well to reach people who are not too far removed (culturally). When people get further away--it doesn't work as well. Why? Because we are asking the individual to do the cross-cultural translation to come into the church (rather than us going to them).
  • Huge survey in Australia on people's perception of...
    • God = HIGH marks
    • Jesus = HIGH marks
    • Spirituality = HIGH marks
    • Church = VERY LOW marks
  • The good news is that people give VERY high marks on God, Jesus and Spirituality. That is good news for us.
  • What has to change? The CHURCH as the delivery mechanism for the gospel MUST CHANGE.
  • The problem--90%+ of churches are trying to follow the contemporary, church-growth, attractional model that...at best...will only reach 40% of Americans.
  • The problems of the church cannot be solved by doing the same thing that got us into those problems.
  • The church that Jesus designed was meant for advance and attack--not defense!
  • Keep doing attractional. It works for 40%. It's not an either/or. It's a both/and. I'm interested in finding the AND!
  • Mission precedes the church. You do mission. The church is something that happens out of mission.
  • You plant the gospel. You don't plant churches. Church planters should be missionaries first.

If you haven't read The Forgotten Ways yet by Alan Hirsch...get it today. (Hey Granger--there are copies in the bookstore!).