For several decades, we’ve been working with hundreds of churches and thousands of church leaders. My relentless passion has been to discover how churches become more effective to reach people for Jesus.
Here’s what I’ve discovered:
- Programs don’t affect transformational change.
- Church people are fixated on programs.
- Most Christians want a quick-fix remedy.
- Jesus modeled what works with His disciples.
- Almost no one does what Jesus did.
- What Jesus does is revolutionary.
- What Jesus does rescues churches.
- Renewed churches experience an “awakening”—a wake-up call.
- God uses renewed, awakened churches for revival in the land.
It sounds strange, but Jesus didn’t focus as much on what His followers were to do. He focused on who they would become.
More amazing, He never told them to grow the church. In fact, He told them directly, “I will build My church.”
The one thing He did tell them to do is make disciples…like He did.
So, in all your busyness at church, what if you cut out much of the stuff that wears people out and spent three years making disciples, focusing on who people are? Would that explode your church with growth and change your community?
It’s hard to comprehend. It just works. Jesus changed the atmosphere of the disciples’ lives.
- He called it Kingdom thinking.
- He used stories.
- The stories began, “The Kingdom of God/the Kingdom of heaven is like….”
- He changed the culture.
- He said, “My Kingdom is not like this world, not of this world.”
Why do churches get wrapped up in doing stuff like the world does?
Why don’t Christians focus on Kingdom culture?
Is it hard to believe? Even though it works?