The Busy Church

It has been a while since I have posted on my blog, but I read this from Ken Priddy today. I think it is very challenging. I’ll be back to the blogging thing soon, with lots of thoughts and updates, but for now, check this out.

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Over the years I have learned that one of the biggest obstacles to Great Commission ministry is church work  – church busy work. Many Christians and their leaders are so busy filling slots in the church’s programming and structure that they can’t find the time to do the REAL work of ministry – reaching the lost with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The vast majority of American evangelical churches is in plateau or decline. Characteristically, the church in plateau is over-programmed and the church in decline is over-structured. Churches in plateau tend to be driven by their programming, believing that whatever success or effectiveness they are experiencing is the result of the menu of programs that is offered. Careful observation will reveal that any growth that such a church might be experiencing is transfer growth, not conversion growth, as Christians leave churches with less appealing programming to attend theirs. The kingdom…

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  1. We started Grace Covenant by having the leadership read “Simple Church.” Maybe we should try again. Agree with this wholeheartedly.

  2. Tod Gilmore

    I concur with Elke. If you are interested I can give you my copy of the book. Dr. Al Socci and I teach these very concepts at Eastern University and would be more than happy to share our views on these issues if you are interested.

  3. Tom Wilkerson

    I look forward to your blogs Tim. I learned a lot in your Bible studies at Cornerstone.

    How¹s your new church, do they have a website?

    ~Tom Wilkerson

    On 4/16/15, 11:20 AM, “. . . As I Follow Christ” wrote:

    > revtimbrown posted: “It has been a while since I have posted on my blog, but I > read this from Ken Priddy today. I think it is very challenging. I’ll be > back to the blogging thing soon, with lots of thoughts and updates, but for > now, check this out.” >