The kind of fear that keeps us from living life to the full never comes from God. What God gives, instead, is power and confidence, love, and self-control. The Holy Spirit wants to replace our fear with faith!
“The American church is so consumeristic!” It’s a common line uttered by the religiously fed-up, and of course, there’s a lot of truth in it. Some churches in America do tend to cater to the consumeristic mentality of our culture. But I think, on the whole, most churches don’t, and that’s actually part of the problem.
I recently had the privilege of being interviewed by Brady Shearer on the Pro Church Tools podcast. We talked about creativity and branding, but spent even more time on the idea that the church in the next generation may be larger than ever, but also more spread out in smaller clusters than ever. So it’s absolutely key to think larger and smaller at the same time.
Your church doesn’t need a new mission. God determines the mission. He defines the mission. And he’s been about the mission for thousands of years and simply wants your church involved in it. But your church is in desperate need of a vision that is informed by God’s Word, inspired by God’s Spirit, and applied passionately and broken-heartedly to your local context.