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