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What are we doing?

I read a few blogs daily and I wanted to share a post with you called The New Traditional Church that has captured my attention for about a month. It basically asks these questions: what are we doing as churches and why are we doing those things? I think it is so easy to get stuck in a process or a method and only track the execution of that process or method. We often rate our success based on our perception of how well the method or process is working, but are we actually fulfilling the calls of the Great Commandment and the Great Commission?  

Are we producing disciples as churches?  Are teens maturing as disciples through our youth programs?   Are teens being challenged to connect with their unchurched friends rather than getting sucked into the “Christian cultural bubble?”  Much like in Tony’s post, I don’t know that I have the answers, but I want to wrestle with the tension of evaluating the things we are doing and why we are doing them.  I don’t want to be stuck on a process or method–I would rather be stuck on Jesus and making him famous in the culture surrounding us.

Thoughts?

Tony Morgan is a pastor and Chief Strategic Officer at NewSpring Church in Anderson, SC.


2 Responses to “What are we doing?”

  • Aaron Dingman Says:

    I really like the idea of this post and encourage everyone that it’s healthy to re-evaluate what we are doing in ministry, otherwise we keep charging ahead blindly without checking with God to make sure that it’s the path He wants us to travel.

    There’s definitely a balance in church and/or youth group life between scheduling programs or events and doing the stuff that Jesus commanded us to do. Churches can be too organized and busy with classes, ministry, that they are not effectively doing the work He commanded us to do. Their people could be burnt out with too much busy-work because they are lacking a rich relationship and solid connection to our ultimate foundation, our Heavenly Father!

    That’s not to say that churches shouldn’t give opportunities for their members to connect in relationships to other members and to serve in the church. Jesus calls us to be in relationships with a community of believers that is larger than ourselves, the Christian movement, and to be connected to a church home. We shouldn’t try to walk through Christianity alone, but we should put Jesus at the center of everything we’re doing individually and in the church.

    Like I said, there’s got to be a balance between your individual journey with God and your corporate fellowship with your home church. You can’t spend ALL of your time in either place, but above all make sure Jesus is your center, focus, and motivation in all you’re doing.

  • christian Says:

    What I like about your post Adam, is that is asks the basic question, “is what we are doing aligned with our goals/priorities?” Ideally we should be able to look at every ministry facet that we spend resources on and say “this advances Goal X by doing Y.” I am in the process right now of looking over my youth ministry and making sure what I am doing is actually advancing the goals God has set before us.

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