Equipping Your Reimagine Journey
Much of what has been done for years is simply a matter of preference. Pastors dress a certain way, use a certain pulpit, lead certain weekly lessons, and speak into certain settings.
All of that was acceptable and sometimes even effective. However, now the style is not nearly as important as strategy.
We’re forced to ask why we’re spending time and energy in a direction. If the answer is merely tradition, it’s often found lacking.
Standing behind a large wooden pulpit and demonstratively declaring the Word of God doesn’t translate through online mediums how we might want.
If everyone is participating in the Sunday morning online worship service in casual attire it may feel unnatural to be in a suit and tie.
None of this is wrong, but for the sake of effectiveness we need to ask why. Churches that ignored strategy for years, choosing to continue doing what has always been done, are struggling now to pivot the way we’ve been forced to do.
It’s past time, but nonetheless a good time, to evaluate if the efforts the church is involved in are the most strategic uses of the resources we have. If they aren’t, now may be a strategic time to dismiss them.
What changes can you make to be more effective at making and releasing disciples?
Are we making disciples surrendered to Christ and His Lordship? Though very few concrete statistics on our overall effectiveness currently exist, it’s difficult to argue in the affirmative.
What then can we do to get better at the Great Commission? Based on his considerable experience with starting churches from disciple-making small groups, Real Life Ministries founder Jim Putman has identified five paradigm shifts church leaders can make to become better at accomplishing the mission of the church. We asked him and Dave Ferguson, who also leads the church-planting network NewThing, and Community Christian Church in Chicago, to help unpack each shift and its potential impact.
Shift 1: From Reaching to Making
Shift 2: From Teaching to Modeling
Shift 3: From Attending to Participating
Shift 4: From Connecting to Transforming
Shift 5: From Attracting to Deploying
The SEVEN QUESTIONS
Seven question to keep your focus on your calling; prayer, evangelism, loving our communities to Christ with justice...
Use these questions in your planning, incorporate your team, initiate with prayer...