Change Yourself, Not the Church (phase_3) From Relationship to Enterprise

From Relationship to Enterprise

Christianity in America has become a mega enterprise. A 4.6 billion dollar industry. Possibly more.

We have taken something that is so pure and relational and turned it into a billion dollar industry. On top of that we downgrade it to cheesy music, copy cat t-shirts, or any other commodity items with a bible verse on it. We have turned Jesus into our favorite sports team, and we root for him in seasons that are only important to us in life. We have branded many playing fields for him (churches) and will switch teams like a light switch just for whatever is winning the most in the current state.

We have got to move back to relationships. Pastors have to start not only teaching discipleship but learning how disciple their own flocks. How many Pastors today make their schedule more important than their people? We have to move away from selling our church and start engaging in Jesus. Jesus is not a product, he is a relationship. A relationship that will change your life for eternity. A relationship that means something more than a stinking t-shirt.

We have a calling to be in a authentic relationship with Jesus. And second a responsibility to share that with people everywhere. None of us are perfect but we serve a God that loves us and forgives the garbage in our lives. There is no commodity worth putting between that.

Share your thoughts.

Team IML

2 responses to “Change Yourself, Not the Church (phase_3) From Relationship to Enterprise

  1. Great series. đŸ™‚

    I’ve just now had the chance to do some Word Press surfing and I’m glad I didn’t miss your latest.

    You’re so right–God doesn’t need a sales team or a variety show. He desires sons and daughters who will go into the field of battle with Him and contend for the lives of our future little (and big) brothers and sisters. And then bring them out and teach them how to join us back in the world.

    So here’s the rub. How do we stop the show? How do we get the body ministering to one another and to the world? It’s not going to happen during the church service–you have to go to small groups and hang out with your friends and go into your prayer closet for this kind of stuff. When you’ve been doing this sort of thing long enough, will you begin to think that what’s really “church” is happening somewhere outside of the building?

    Will you begin to wonder, as I do, how God even uses a large room full of people sitting on their hands and one or two or three exhausted and seriously over-stressed leaders exercising their gifts? (He does use this model–He’s God–He can do anything.)

    Will you start to wonder whether “looking like the church in Acts” might entail everyone using their gifts? (I’m not talking about the “gift of sound system operation” or the “gift of vacuuming the church”, btw.) And whether the best place to practice and make mistakes and learn to use those gifts well might be in the ecclesia? A chance for everyone to offer that which God has given them for the body–not just a few paid professionals doing all the talking?

    So how do we look like the church in the book of Acts as Jason said unless we do change our churches? I don’t mean changing from Baptist to Charismatic–I mean something far more basic and far more fundamental than that. I believe that this is the time of the next “reformation,” and that God is restoring His church to the perfect bride He always intended to present to His Son.

    I am so excited that I can hardly stand it. So yes, in changing ourselves, we will change our churches. We might even leave the building and go out into the world as Jesus did.

    God bless, Cindy

  2. Serita Ain't Anonymous Brooks

    I totally agree! This is why I’ve chosen to step away from serving a church right now. And, oh what a time it’s been! God is really helping me to truly understand what HIS church is. About 2 years ago I was praying and I felt like God was saying He was coming to take His church back. Get ready! All I know is…is I don’t care about how awesome someone can make a building look I WANT JESUS!!!!!!

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