Jesus developed a movement, not an organization. Many churches suffer from institutionalism—and it’s killing them.
- The “church” is seen as a building, not people.
- The activity is focused on what happens in the building.
- Consequently, many churches just keep adding expensive real estate to their facility. A lot of it is not at all necessary, but it can actually hinder future growth.
- Outreach is often subconsciously understood as bringing people to the building, to worship. Sadly, it is, to a great extent, ineffective.
- Why would a non-Christian come to a worship service to worship a God they don’t believe in?
- The Great Commission, “Go,” has become, “You all come.” It’s simply not God’s plan.
So, how do you start a movement, (not a program), to get everyone who is a part of your church to be a witness, 24/7, to those in their social networks—which represents “the low hanging fruit’ of God’s harvest field, those who are most receptive?
First, what does not work:
- Beg for volunteers.
- Buy a program.
- Preach it from the pulpit.
- Get frustrated and join another church—only to discover they have challenges and shortcomings of their own.
- Get people into a Bible study on witnessing.
Tomorrow, I will share the most counterintuitive concept I have almost never seen at a church, except, the one where we did it! And, the church, in four years, grew five times its size.