There is much discussion about the health of the church in America…and quite frankly most of it has not been good.
I have been reading a book lately titled “Escape From Church, Inc.” and have found a lot of great nuggets of wisdom here.
Over the next little while I am going to share some of those nuggets from this little book.
“…gimmicks and strategies and visions and programs change everytime there is a change in leadership.
I want to make it clear that I am not opposed to developing a specific vision for your area, a vision that reflects your community’s uniqueness and diversity. But I insist that something permanant, solid, and unchanging must be at the core of any vision. Our churches will never succceed simply by latching on to every hot new program that comes around.
I fully agree that our churches need visionary leadership, but I think the overarching vision must be the Lord’s vision for his people.
If we go back to the very beginning, back to the Lord’s bedrock idea for his people, back to the Bible’s fundamental plan for the church, what do we find? We find shepherds and sheep.
In essence, what all the polls tell us about men and women longing for relationships, searching for family, and seeking community, is that people need still waters. They need some green pastures. They need their souls restored.”