Your church is no more than a ‘good’ institution that teaches ‘morality’ to a bunch of ‘safe’ people.

I used to write a lot about slowing down to listen to Jesus.
Then I quit doing it.

I was thoroughly convinced that Christians are too busy, and that it was essential for their ‘survival’ to retreat – step back, breathe, and talk to God.  

Then I got involved in local ministry.  

Then I no longer had time for God.  
Sure, I had time for the ‘things of God’ – these normally consisted of playing some music (and calling it worship), meeting with Pastors (and calling it discipleship), talking to non-believers about church (and calling it evangelism), and meeting with students (and calling it ministry) – but I didn’t have time for God.  

I ran a great arts ministry, in the middle of a great church, with a lot of great people, but it was all business, and programming, with very little Jesus (both collectively as a staff, and individually on my own time).

This is a very common story; I’ve read it a thousand times, in a thousand different books, and on twenty thousand different blogs*.  
Hell, I’ve probably written this same story 50 times on this blog.  
Yet, for some reason, I feel the need to reiterate it.   

If you are a pastor, a church-planter, a lay leader,  or a volunteer in ministry I would challenge you and say that your time planning, strategizing, and executing a program for a church service or ministry is NOT enough, and never will be.  

It doesn’t earn you any more points with Jesus because you taught sunday school on Sunday morning.  
It doesn’t earn you any more points with Jesus to put together a rocking set list to ‘engage’ your audience on Sunday morning.
It doesn’t earn you any more points with Jesus to come up with a creative hook for your next sermon series.
It doesn’t earn you any more points with Jesus to have any of these things.

These mean nothing if Jesus is not the center of it all.

Read that again.

There is nothing wrong with doing any of those things.  
We live in America, and if the way to reach our culture is to have these things as a part of church life, then great!
We should strive to do them to the best of our abilities.

But these are central to most churches, and Jesus is not.

So:

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And listen to Jesus.  

Without him, your church is no more than a ‘good’ institution that teaches ‘morality’ to a bunch of ‘safe’ people.

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*This is a good example of hyperbole.  I don’t actually read that much.  However, I would assume that the ratio of blogs:books is about 20:1, therefore the schematics of this particular sentence probably ring true.

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One Response to “Your church is no more than a ‘good’ institution that teaches ‘morality’ to a bunch of ‘safe’ people.”
  1. celeste! says:

    I agree with you… now you’ve made me think about this…it’s all about Him!
    God bless you!
    :celeste:

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