Defining Success

Closing the Revolving Back Door

If I am going to be completely transparent with you, I will admit to falling into this trap myself. Early in my ministry I would regularly challenge my members to invite their friends to church. Although I wouldn’t have admitted this at the time, our invitation was more about us than about them. We weren’t all that concerned about their personal needs, and as soon as they began attending we would encourage them to repeat this process with their friends. When those friends arrived, we extended to them the same charge to get their friends to church. People would stick around for a few months, but many would eventually leave. Our church became a revolving door, with new people exiting the back faster than guests were walking through the entrance. Having talked with other pastors about this, I now know that I wasn’t the only pastor stuck in that rut of measuring growth through church attendance. Every pastor fights the urge to count nickels and noses. Read More
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The Subtle Way Amazon Delivery Drones Affect Discipleship

We live in a “I want it NOW!” society, but rarely can one get a product “now.” Amazon suggested a solution to this dilemma in 2005. They implemented a two-day shipping option for a minimal yearly fee (along with overnight shipping for an additional small fee). The two-day wait is a small price to pay to avoid leaving the comfort of your home, searching through endless store aisles, and standing in long lines to obtain that irresistible item on your “got-to-have-it list.” However, two days has become two days too long (or 47 hours and 30 minutes to be exact). On Sunday, Amazon took their shipping strategy to the stratosphere, almost literally. No longer will buyers have to wait days for a package to arrive. With a click of a button, an unmanned aerial vehicle will deliver your package to your doorstep in thirty minutes or less. Don’t believe me? Check out the video! The company boasts that Amazon Prime Air will revolutionize online shopping. Read More
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What is a "Win" for a Disciple?

“I am a net, my job is to catch fish.” I heard these words during a recent conversation I had with a well-known country musician that gave his life to Christ some years ago and then devoted himself to evangelism through Gospel music. He explained how much God has been blessing him and how many “fish” he had “caught.” To be fair, he gave all the glory to Christ, at least in his words. My friend went on to explain that it was his calling in life to catch and bring in new believers, but he left the Church to do the rest. As an evangelist myself, I couldn’t help but consider the question: “Is that really what God calls us to do?” Read More
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Are you Hitting the Center of the Wrong Discipleship Target?

  Many people have gauged success in Churches by the wrong metrics. Do you know what Three Roadblocks to a Successful Discipleship Ministry are? Defining success at the outset of a group is essential in a disciple-making relationship. Surprisingly, not everyone who talks about discipleship actually practices it. One reason for this is the ambiguity associated with the term. A. Boyd Luter, Jr. addressed the misconceptions of many about what “discipleship” means: “Many Christian workers view discipleship as an activity that is to take place apart from the local church and that has little relationship to the church’s major purpose.” Read More
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