tips on saving your church/denomination (and other stuff I don’t know)

So here’s some thought’s I’ve been spooked by lately.

1. If you want to save your church, or your denomination for that
matter, the best thing to do is to stop trying to save your church, or
your denomination for that matter.

– maybe the lesson to learn is that each congregation serves a season,
and that season has passed.
– maybe the lesson to learn is that if you re-focus your
church/denomination on building holistic disciples of Jesus,
everything will work out ok.

besides, desperation is a cologne best not smelled

2. What if we added a new department of “Church Reduction” who’s
mission it was to close churches, rather than simply adding more and
more of them. I’m just not so sure more is always better.

– seriously, maybe the best thing we could do is to close churches at
their prime or at least be willing to as the Spirit callled?

– or, what would it do if we took a hard look at ourselves and just
closed the churches who aren’t building disciples (and I DON’T mean
adding new members by that – I mean churches that foster people that
live like Jesus)

– Neil Cole made a great point last week. He can’t find anywhere in
the Bible where Jesus commands us to make churches. He can find where
we’re commanded to make disciples. Maybe we should just trust that
Jesus will build his church and focus on living like Him and carrying
forth His mission?

Ok, that’s enough for now.

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