Top 11 Q’s

In the latest edition of Neue magazine, they asked some of today’s top church leaders what they thought the top question churches need to answer for them to be effective in the future.  Here are the top 11:

  1. Who Supports A Ban On Fear? The church must stop hesitating with new initiatives and take risks.
  2. What Practices Will Define The Church? We must define what the new “marks of the church” will be, for the church to be considered, “church.”
  3. How Does The Church Engage Politically When Jesus’ Politics Don’t Fit In A Two-Party System? Currently, today’s Christians appear to engage in political issues seeing those on the other side as the enemy, while we are just as guilty voting on what’s best for our wallets.
  4. Why Do Senior Pastors Have The Largest Offices? The church organism must function less like a business with its high-powered, CEO senior pastors, and more like a relational, intimate shepherd of one’s flock.
  5. What Will The Church Do About The Role Of Women? Women have been gifted by The Holy Spirit to do significant things for the effectiveness of the church, and must be given platforms to do so.
  6. Can The Western Institutional Church Be Saved? As the western church continues to preserve its status-quo, longevity will continue, however effectiveness within the world will diminish.
  7. Why Don’t Young Leaders Want To Work For Megachurches Anymore? Today’s young leaders don’t want to be another peg in the wheel, but instead be “influencers” of major, immediate impact.
  8. How Will The American Church Respond To the Diminishing Influence Of Christianity In Our Culture? Christianity has become consumed with the “do’s and don’t’s,” losing its focus on the two greatest commands:  love God, love people.
  9. Will We Marry The Ideas of Christianity And Social Justice? Today’s churches talk a lot about helping the poor, with very little action.
  10. What Should Our Biblical Response Be To This Significant Cultural, Economical, Technological And Global Changes Taking Place? The church remains on the sidelines of cultural shifts, needing to lead the charge supported by biblical morals.
  11. How Will The Churches Measure Their Success? In an age where churches count “nickles and noses,” new and innovative measuring systems need to be created to get closer to the core of effective discipleship and its outcomes.

Your favorite and least favorite question?  If you could add your own question, what would it be?

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~ by Dave Smith on March 30, 2010.

6 Responses to “Top 11 Q’s”

  1. Favorite…#3 finally, white, upper & middle class, evangelical, republicans are left holding the bag and exposed for their true intentions. Now that they can’t disguise the real intention of why they vote for someone under the facade of moral issues, what will this christian right do? If Carter, Reagan, Bush and W. can’t bring about the “moral” change – who wil!!! (w/ tax cuts please!)

    I remember in the election of W. vs. Gore. I proposed the idea the McCain actually had more credibility than W. for the nomination and that if W. got the nomination, I might vote for Gore.

    The response of the church leader was to villify McCain on account of the fact that he gave away free beer (which of course make him very non-christian) to beef up the attendance at his rally’s and that if I were to vote for Gore and he were to find out, I would be out of a job.

    Least…#1 This is a bit cliche. Thankfully, God’s in control and not me because I would be shutting down every lazy, and ineffective church I could. This isn’t bashing more traditional, older, or smaller churches…it’s not about propping up the new, flashy, or bigger churches. It’s the fact that we have a couple generations now of people who have been exposed to a better understanding of how church is supposed to work…and they’re still afraid to try something new.

    If the church were run like a real business, they lights would have been turned out long ago.

    If they haven’t figured it out now, they probably never will. (click – lights off)

  2. The women and social justice questions are closest to my heart.

  3. I’ll add one…”How will the concept of church membership change?” It’s my guess that in the future people will have strong connections to multiple church organizations, finding that each offers a different, but necessary, form of “church”. The modern traditional concept of membership to one specific church body will lose its place as cultural norm. Someone may find themselves at one place on Sunday morning, midweek elsewhere, serving at one or more others, and participating in a sports outreach, choir, etc. at still another. This will be a good thing.

  4. Thanks for this entry! Here is the link to the digital issue’s article online: http://bit.ly/bEHhpD

  5. Great. Thanks Sarah. A group of us discussed this article last week for a few hours at a coffee shop. Very thought-provoking..and definitely a much better version this month than the previous. Thanks for your hard work on it.

  6. That’s a good one about church membership.

    I know one fellow (poor soul) whose (former) church began the official process of excommunicating him b/c he didn’t transfer his membership to a new congregation in what they deemed to be a timely manner.

    Boy, I’m just full of horror stories on this one. 🙂

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