The Church is the Problem and the Solution!
If you have read a number of my blogs or listened intently to some of my messages you will know that I often cite the significant changes in our nation. The shift in our culture has been breathtaking in its speed, spread, and virulence—impossible to miss, and increasingly dangerous to ignore. We are truly living in a post-modern age.
I’m talking of course about the hostility in our culture and country to Christianity, the church, Christians, and Biblical morality. I heard it said over the weekend that right is now wrong and wrong is right. If you are far to the right you’re basically a bigot in society’s eyes.
Christians in America are on a fast track to being a persecuted, despised minority in the very country established as a haven for those persecuted by an intolerant, secular majority. Amazingly, this is very similar to what has been happening to Israel in the decades.
But do you know why?
The answer is simple. Today, only 12% of the population is involved in church. 12%. I know this is shocking to learn. You don’t hear that number much—do you? What you hear is that over 60% of the country states that they have received Christ and are Christians. Churches are closing and missions work is suffering do to a lack of financial support from one of the most affluent countries and societies in our history. Whatever else these statistics indicate, it is clear that the church is both the problem—and the solution.
The church is the problem because we’ve been inauthentic in our lifestyle, inattentive in our evangelism, fruitless in our prayer lives, ineffective in our discipleship, inert in our leadership development, and we’ve burnt out far-too-many pastors and leaders by insisting on models and methods guaranteed to fail.
Yet the church is also the solution, not only because God ordained it and promised that the gates of hell won’t prevail against it, but also because Christians who are vitally involved in strong churches are the only ones God can truly use to re-Christianize America. And to do that, the church and the Kingdom of God needs to develop leaders who will plant churches.
I have spent at least ten years understanding the causes behind the shift in our culture, and how to pivot people in our culture to Christ. Given over 90% of Pastors and leaders work for a living we have to develop strategies to equip and empower bi-vocational church leaders. Research shows that bi-vocational leaders will dominate the future American church—yet these leaders never get the specialized training they need.
As we see our country literally ‘Hurtling’ toward Gomorrah, it’s time to draw the line in the sand. Now is not to time to retreat. We must train and develop the next level of church leadership to engage the culture in what truly is a culture war.
This is the Voice of the Overseer