It simply lists in chart form some of the cultural shifts. Its posted here simply to spur thought.
As you look at this list, how would you evaluate your church’s evangelistic work?
Use this as a discussion starter for your evangelism and outreach teams.
Unchurched are nameless faces and numbers
We do good things for people
Transformation imposed from the outside
Impatiently look for quick results
Seek conversion within narrow set of goals
Love shown with an agenda behind it
Great Commission priority
We have what you need / you have nothing to give
You cannot contribute until post-conversion
Fearful of differences
Clergy – laity split
Sunday AM priority
Church is domain of the sacred
Target segmented group
Image of community
What would Jesus do?
People are unique and vital treasures
We do good things for people by doing things with them
Transformation created from within
Language of dreams (aspiration / spiritual purpose)
Honor and respect
Patiently take the long view
Seek relationship for multifaceted vision
Love without strings attached
Great Commandment is the engine of Mission
We both have much to give / we both have much to learn
You can experience God in giving and serving
Honoring of and dependent on diversity
Priesthood of every believer
24 / 7 community and holistic life
Church is catalyst for God’s rule in every sphere of life
Create holistic community
What is Jesus doing?
Let me ask you this:
What trends do you see in our culture related to evangelism?
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