I’m a big fan of Francis Chan. I first heard him speak at a national youth conference in 2004. It’s been interesting to see his journey through “church world” from mega church pastor, to missionary and now working on a new (old) model of church.
This book highlights the model he is proposing. Talks about their non negotiables. He does a great job drawing attention to the shortcomings of the current church model without being aggressive toward it. After all he was a mega church pastor for plenty of years.
My highlights from this book:
Your church model often communicates your true theology.
“The theology that matters is not the theology we profess but the theology we practice.”
We don’t really expect God to move, so we fill our gatherings with exciting elements that will entertain people even if God does nothing.
We can’t keep increasing production as a substitute for genuine expressions of the Spirit in ordinary, nonprofessional people.
without deadlines, not much gets done.
Blindly insisting on our current models might not be that different from trying to maintain a Blockbuster video store in the age of Netflix.
When people see there are no professionals, they are more likely to step up and use the gifts they have.
God wants the Church to be the one institution that loves authority.
Reasonable people do not aid your growth in the same way arrogant people do.
We can cause real damage to our churches when we want our feelings validated more than we want His Bride elevated.
Proud people can be hard to live with, but avoiding them is not an option.
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