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Romans 16:5

Greet also the church that meets at their house. Greet my dear friend Epenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia.

As we fast approach another budget season in the life of our church some serious questions arise. Some of these questions point toward our vision and mission as a church. What is our main focus? Our vision is to reach everyone for Christ or to say it another way, to make disciples for Christ.. How we go about this might be as important as the vision itself.

What do we need to make disciples? Do we need a large building? Do we need a large staff? David Platt writes, Why would we spend an inordinate amount of our resources on something that is never prescribed or even encouraged in the New Testament? In his book A Radical Idea David asks some deep questions. It is an eye opener and a book all pastors and church leaders should read IMHO.

David writes, When the church is fundamentally a gathering of committed people, the place where the church gathers hardly matters. That is a radical idea or thought referring to our church buildings. He also writes, The last thing I want to do is rob Christians of the joy of making disciples by telling them that I or anyone or anything else can take care of that for them. referring to our staff and programs. He writes that the churches insistence on hiring professionals to run programs robs the Body of opportunities to serve God. He writes, How can we in the church best unleash the people of God in the Spirit of God with the Word of God for the Glory of God in the world?

Some radical ideas to think about for a church with a large building and large portion of the budget to support that building. We have three full time pastors/professionals, two more full time support staff and one part time paid staff with a large portion of the budget to support them. Are we denying the Body of Christ an opportunity to serve by putting so many resources into building and staff? Are we using God’s resources wisely? Some deep questions for sure. I encourage others to read the book and see what God lays on your heart.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

August 30, 2012 - Posted by | Book Review, Church, Community, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Theology, Worship | , ,

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