6 Things the Church Must Do Better-Now
I will be honest and tell you that I actually believe my title is somewhat obtuse and maybe a little witless. The fact that there are more than six things the Church must do better is an actual reality. However, I do believe the following six things will certainly aid our cause in being more relevant and will act as somewhat of an umbrella that will cover and overshadow many of the smaller changes the Church must bravely pursue in making.
1. Churches must get better at theology.
Lets face it, along with the internet came a whole new way of preparing sermons. The ease we have at information gathering has unfortunately caused many to become lazy in their pursuit of doctrinal purity. The pressure to keep up with the “many revelations” some preachers have had, has had an adverse effect on many ministers and has caused them to feel inadequate in their own spiritual journey. This must stop. Doctrine, dogma, and the pursuit of hermeneutical and systematic theology must become a foundational building block towards building strong churches of the future. Study of the Word must become the chief principle of pastoral leadership-again.
2. Churches must get better at church to church relationships.
Every thriving church, and many who are not, have the same basic beliefs. After all, it’s what makes them a church. Although we have all heard the phrase, “were on the same team”, most churches are still not relating to one another like they actually are teammates. Churches must begin to allow their goals, vision and love for Christ, and for one another become the primary defining factors for who they are, and what they are to do, and not allow petty secondary differences that have caused churches to become divided continue to define who they are.
3. Churches must get better at sharing information.
No church has the market cornered when it comes to all wisdom, understanding and knowledge, and there are many churches who would fare better and be more successful if they would share the information they have. Perhaps church A is really good at evangelism, and church B is really good at discipleship. Doesn’t it make sense to work together towards a common goal such as influencing their city? How much more would both churches become if they would lay aside small issues and pick up the greater vision God has for The Church?
4. Churches must get better at welcoming outside voices.
Up until a few years ago when Rick Warren’s best seller The Purpose Driven Church was written, most churches stuck to the resources provided by their own denomination or movement. Rick’s book created a cross-pollination effect that literally became a church phenomenon, and can be threaded to the surge in mega-churches popping up across our nation in recent years. Many church camps, movements, and denominations owe part of their success to the principles written about in this easy to read bestseller. It’s a great picture of how one southern Baptist became a leading voice in most all church movements in the world. We must get better at looking for the strength and value that another brings instead of focusing on the differences.
5. Churches must get better at getting better.
The easiest thing for organizations to do is to settle to the comfort level of the status-quo. As long as things are going good, no one has time to lead towards the best. Great churches are those who are continually striving to improve. Churches who have decided that the number of people coming to Christ IS the principle driving factor even over their own comfort, will in fact and sometimes by default, lead many people to Christ. Don’t get me wrong, churches who have decided to get better are not looking to catch up with society. But contrariwise they are actually striving to set the cultural standard for what life should be in their city.
6. Churches must get better at legacy thinking.
How many churches do you know who actually do have a plan for the future? Succession, when done correctly has yielded some of the best examples of keeping a church healthy. Regardless of the age of the senior leader, there should always be a plan for succession in place that has been written and agreed upon by the churches governing board.
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