What Should Church Look Like?

I was reading some material off of a fellow pastor’s blog that really began to stir something within me.  You can check it out yourself by clicking here.  My worst nightmare as a pastor is to be at the helm of a church that begins to turn inward and only concerned with taking care of themselves.  How serious are churches when they say their primary purpose is reaching the lost? 

When we speak of reaching the lost, how is that accomplished?  What does that look like?  I feel that too often, churches begin to plateau spiritually by not intentionally reaching out to those that are “sick and in need of a physician”.  Once you plateau spiritually, it won’t be long before you plateau physically.  Numbers begin to drop and so does morale.  Yet we are caught in a perilous downward spiral do to a sinful selfishness that we have refused to crucify to Christ.

Hopefully, you can tell I’m a little ticked towards those that refuse to drop tradition for the sake of winning souls to the kingdom of God.  Isn’t it time we begin to think about church in terms of what is negotiable versus what is not negotiable? 

So let’s hear some comments…

  1. What should a church look like if it’s main focus is reaching the lost?
  2. What should a church NOT look like if it’s main focus is reaching the lost?
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About Chris Stevens

I'm an Elementary Principal, husband, father of three, and an imperfect follower of Christ. I have eight years experience at the Jr-Sr High level and 14 years experience speaking at various churches.
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2 Responses to What Should Church Look Like?

  1. Amanda Royer says:

    Coming from the “lost one’s” point of veiw I have an awesome idea of what a church should look like 🙂

    Personally, I think a church should be united, have confidence and trust in their Lord, knowledgable (sp?) and eager to teach/learn, but not TOO pushy! 🙂 Like Pastor Chris said in another blog…Be patient and let God tell you when the way is clear and then put the pedal to the metal and go! 🙂
    Everyone doesn’t learn/comprehend at the same pace, so what one person gets immediately may take longer for another or require a different direction.

    In my opinion, I really have no idea what a church SHOULD NOT do??? What should a church NOT do?
    Thanks again, Amanda

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