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Carey Nieuwhof has written a piercing article called ‘What To Do When People Want A Church To Grow … But Not Change‘.
He asks this pertinent question:
Isn’t wanting to grow but not really change actually like saying “I want to lose weight, but I really want a bacon cheeseburger”?
Then he offers six strategies to church leaders in just such a situation.
I can think of ‘bacon cheeseburger’ churches. Can you? Are we willing to face the cost and pain of change, or are we – in Nieuwhof’s word – ‘delusional’?
Miguel Labrador writes about two different approaches to evangelism in Ecuador. Have you been involved in either or both types? Did you think one type was a better witness than the other? What lessons would you draw from this for your church?
Many church members are the only Christians in their families (or in other networks, such as college or workplace). How do we sustain our faith and witness to Christ? Student and entrepreneur Corinne Carver makes some suggestions.
Relevant Magazine recommends five films with social justice themes.
If you have a Netflix subscription, you can watch them on that service.
Have you seen any of this? Will you? Are they capable of changing your mind and your actions?
What is the emphasis in your church? Is it just about recruiting people to do church jobs, or is it on resourcing the congregation to live faithful lives in the world?
Here is an account of the latter. Yes, it may envisage a larger church than many typical British churches if it can gather together a whole coterie of teachers, but possibilities would still be present in smaller congregations.
Is this at the very least a challenge to the question of how world-facing some of our churches are?