Last week Kevin wrote an entry about something Craig Groeschel of LifeChurch.tv said regarding sticking to what works. While I appreciate the intentionality of getting rid of unnecessary activity, there is a slippery slope here if we’re not careful. Your comments are already indicating so.
I trust Groeschel’s heart in what they’re doing. My worry is that some people will take this concept and run the wrong way with it. We can’t be eliminating the very things churches should be doing! The very Message we’re all communicating is always going to be at odds with our selfish, lazy, indulgent, and passive human nature.
Getting rid of church-sponsored softball teams (let’s continue clearing out the Christian ghetto people!) is one thing. Getting rid of biblically-condoned ministry contexts is quite another.
The church is not always going to be doing things that people naturally want to respond to. From discipleship and caring for the poor, to teaching the fundamentals of faith and being a hospital for sinners, not everything we do as a church is going to appear like it’s working, or even that it always matters. This doesn’t mean we should stop doing it.
The measure for success is not just about how many people respond or attend. It’s also about how well we’re being Christ’s hands and feet so that we can truly be called beautiful for communicating the Good News!