Thursday, September 12, 2013
- Those in charge need to stop being leaders and become pastors.
- Grow smaller, not larger.
- Learn to think.
- Close down the God Shop.
- Give up on the culture wars.
Are they the people of God? Of course, so what do I mean when I say "they are not a church?" I think they lack two key elements. The first is accountability. The average Evangelical congregation, and specially its pastor, is accountable to no one outside of itself. That is simply dangerous, and more misses one of the essential points of Christ's ministry - it's not about us.
The second thing they lack is an effort to unite the world under the banner of Christ. Virtually all Evangelical churches are trying to split from something. They left another congregation they did not agree with, or as stated earlier, they are trying to pretend they are not really Denomination X. This too, misses one of ht e essential ministries of Christ.
The real answer on how to save Evangelicalism lies on it returning to its roots as a movement, not a church. The movement can save the best of what it has to offer.
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