As a pastor of a smallish church (averaging 150 per Sunday morning), I am constantly thinking on what not only the church should be, but what our church should be under the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
Do we load up on programs, or is there another way?
Do we engage primarily in ‘come and see’ evangelism, or is there another way?
Is our primary walk about being fed, or is there another way?
Does everything rise and fall on the pastor, or is there another way?
This video implies that the point of a missional church is not just to come in, but to go out! John Maxwell even said that the way you can tell a healthy church is not by how many come in, but by how many go out!
Churches that have a maintenance mode mentality will see this as a slow and even an impossible and unattainable turn to make.
But this is a turn which must be made! And it’s this turn in which I shall cast my lot.
When our people at Boone’s Creek Baptist Church come into this building, they will receive a welcome in the love of Christ, and hear the Word about the gospel of Christ. Now, the next step is to take the Word and affect the world for Christ! In our work (Ephesians 6:5-9), in our homes (Ephesians 5:22-33), in the marketplace, we are called to take the Word to where we are to “make disciples” (Matthew 28:19) and invest in our fellow image bearers.
Pray for me and us as we think through how this would look! But this is the way we should go. It is the way we must go!