I was raised with this idea that if we got enough people “saved” and grew our church really big we would change our city. It isn’t true. It hasn’t happened. So the answer would be to start several mega or giga churches in an area and that will do it – right? Where I pastor – within 10 miles of me there are 3 giga churches of 10,000 or more and at least 15 churches of 2000 or more that I can count sitting here at my desk. Our city is not changed. I take that personally.
For all the mega and giga churches we have today our cities are being impacted more by popular culture than the church. I’m happy these churches – us being one – are growing and reaching people, but we have confused “worship services” with how the gospel (Jesus) or I should say Jesus (the gospel) impacts a city. By the way I just read a stat that new members from evangelism make up only 1.8% of the membership of these churches. That’s a huge message in and of itself. Why are we doing church? Everyone is talking about what and how, but few why – how do you answer the why and then respond? Read more