Oct
18
2010

Is Your Church Lying?

Greg Stier asks a hard question about your church and it’s mission statement over on The Christian Post site.  Greg looks at how so many church vision or mission statements talk about evangelism as a priority… but so few actually follow up on it.

Greg suggests a few questions to ask about your church when it comes to placing a priority on evangelism:

  • Have you been equipped by your church to effectively share your faith and is someone in your church holding you accountable to do it? As a result how often are you evangelizing in your own neighborhood, workplace, school and circle of friends?
  • How often is your pastor and church leadership personally sharing their faith with others (not counting the times they share the gospel from the pulpit or in a Sunday school class) and sharing the stories with the church congregation to inspire them to faithfully share the gospel as well?
  • How many resources (time, talent and treasure) are being deployed by your church to mobilize God’s people for personal evangelism?
  • Have sporadic outreach meetings (Easter, Christmas, etc) replaced the push for relational evangelism in your church?
  • How much of your church’s numeric growth is due to newly converted people verses just Christian people trying to find a new church?
  • How much effort is being put into training teenagers and children to share their faith since they are most open to the gospel demographically?
  • On a scale from 1-10 how much is evangelism a true priority as opposed to a stated priority in your church in your opinion?

While Greg raises valid questions about where evangelism falls on a church’s priority list, I think the question needs to be asked about the mission statement as a whole.  How much of your mission statement is being worked towards and how much is filler?  As I work with churches around the country I see all sorts of mission statements from the very general to the highly specific and while some churches are highly focused on what they have been called to, they are in the minority.

As I look at the churches that do this well I see a common pattern:

  • Very specific mission statement that clearly identifies what is important to the church
  • Budgeting is driven by the mission statement
  • Staffing is driven by the mission statement
  • Willingness to have hard conversations and say no to good things that do not fit the mission
  • Regular evaluations of all ministries to determine whether they are accomplishing the mission

How do you ensure that your mission statement is not a lie?

What is the hardest part of staying focused on your mission?

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About the Author: Matt Steen

I love Jesus, Theresa (my wife), the Redskins & Capitals, and am currently living in Waco, Texas where I am studying the finer points of BBQ (while working on my MDiv and MBA at Baylor University). When not studying, I serve church leaders through MinistryBriefing.com and am the Director of Connections for Harris Creek Baptist Church's Downtown Campus.