Today the main sessions focused on “Church Systems”. God works through systems. One great example being our bodies, another the universe. The church, thought we don’t think of it in this way, is very much a system. If the system is messed up, no matter how much prayer, fasting, commitment we bring to the table will make it work. The main point was: Most of the struggles churches have – have less to do with the pastor and people- and more to do with Church Systems that automatically cause tension and difficulty. One example was: If a church committee hires and fires all personnel, how can the Senior Pastor expect to lead them? If the lead pastor is to create synergy and teamwork, but doesn’t get to select any of the players…it just isn’t going to work. You want volunteers for AWANA on Wednesday, and for Adults to be engaged in small groups, or discipleship. A major problem for many of us – our own ministries compete with each other. It’s a system problem.
One of the hot issues addressed was congregational church rule. If you have no clue to ‘church stuff’ and don’t know what congregational rule is – well good for you. Stanley is opposed to it. (As am I) Where is it in scripture? Well, Andy offered these examples: Joesph’s brothers voted to sell him as a slave. Aaron and the children of Israel voted for a golden calf to worship. The people of Israel voted to have a King, when God didn’t want it. You can’t communicate complex issues fully to large groups of people. Yet we try to do so, then take a vote. What happens so often is we get stuck with bad decisions.** The point was made.
The breakouts are certainly stimulating. One concept sticks out to me. North Point teaches that churches that want to grow focus on getting bigger, when the key is to focus on getting better. Because if you have outstanding quality, people will come. If you gather a crowd, with no quality – or an irrelevant environment, they go home and never come back.
McDonalds and Coke have accompished their “Great Commission”. What is keeping the church from accomplishing Her’s??
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