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March 17, 2008

From UnChristian to Christian

In an earlier post, I briefly presented the bracing conclusions of UnChristian--the book by David Kinnanman and Gabe Lyons. Here, I give a more complete summary with some thoughts about a path forward. I am interested in hearing from you. Does what I've outlined seem fair, reasonable, feasible? What ideas do you have for moving the church from unchristian to Christian?

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We are currently leading our students through the Ray Comfort/Kirk Cameron evangelism program 'The Way of the Master', and the second video really opened my eyes to one of the reasons so many people fall away from the church. They are drawn to Jesus by the promise of Joy, Peace, Lasting Happiness, and Personal Fulfillment. When they experience the Trials and Persecution (what is actually promised to true followers by Jesus) instead of what they were promised by the person(s) that drew them to Christ, they feel like they have been sold a bill of goods, and they discard their faith. The Non-Offensive Non-Confrontational Gospel of Prosperity that is so prevalent today is a huge problem.


Churches have to measure finances and membership and so on because churches have to project budgets and measure spending.

But I've seen some churches where the most prominent feature of the building was the photographs of missionaries affiliated with the church. In at least two cases it looked like an honor roll.

In other cases the highlight was for service projects in the local area.

What if churches saw finances and budgets as secondary to number of missionaries supported by the church, and number of local service projects? What if every new convert to Christianity was put into a program where the sole intention was to equip them to serve either locally or internationally? (And I don't mean a Willow Creek type "just get 'em working and watch 'em grow", but an intentional mentoring and intense instruction - the Centurion program on a massive scale.)

Seems to me that's how St. Patrick and his followers did it. (It's time to go re-read "How The Irish Saved Civilization".)

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