Churches who talk the Great Commission but don’t do it
Hello friends and colleagues! In doing research for my next book project, I ran across this great article that I had to share. Many of you are familiar with Thom Rainer and his great podcast and blog. Thom has a great article written by Chuck Lawless titled, “Why Churches Talk the Great Commission but don’t do it.” I would highly recommend you read the article! I couldn’t agree with Chuck any more on any of his points, and in fact, I have had in mind to write a similar post on my blog, but really there’s no need when Chuck’s already done it.
A couple of week add-ons/notes to what Chuck shared. First, just an Amen and Amen to Chuck’s assertion that only those Churches who have pastors that have a heart for the nations and for the Great Commission will actually do Great Commission work. I have also seen time and time again that if your pastor doesn’t have a heart for the nations, it’s very hard to get any missions going at your church. Some may think, as I have in a past church situation, that if you just get enough momentum from other church members or a small group of other church leaders, that you can get the snowball rolling, but I’m here to tell you that it is really hard.
Secondly, Chuck mentions that churches tell church members to do the Great Commission without telling them how to do it. Many churches want their people to be sharing the Gospel, but never train them how. As those of you who have done some sharing of the Gospel know, it does take some advance work on the part of the person sharing the Gospel. And disciple making is the same thing, because what church leader wouldn’t want their people to be out doing disciple making, if for no other reason than it will probably increase their attendance! Disciple making is hard also, and in fact, I’ve often said that if you’ve not been discipled yourself, you’re probably not going to be able to make disciples.
May all our churches become Great Commission fulfilling Churches!