“Life Change” or “My Church is BIGGER than Yours”

Church.

What is the goal?

What is the purpose of your church?  STOP!  Don’t give me a lazy answer – really think this through.

Bill Hybels, pastor of Willow Creek, said this in an interview recently:

Bill says, “The goal (of the church), is to slowly make believers independent. We (as a church and pastors) should focus our attention on introducing people to Christ, and then helping them grow to a certain point. After that–they should feed themselves and focus on helping the church introduce more people to Christ.”

Then the interviewer followed up with this excellent question:

“If a pastor looks out from his pulpit to a congregation of thousands…and only half of them can feed themselves spiritually and lead others…is the church truly a success?”

This current trend of measuring church success by the same yard stick as the world’s definition (total numbers) makes liars out of our counters and produces lazy shallow Christians. It’s time that we begin defining something much more important – life change.

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One response to this post.

  1. I couldn’t agree more! I would love to sink my teeth into a church that was interested in defining life change. That is one creative meeting that I have never had…yet.

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