It is quite dispiriting to feel the need to return to this topic. It has been quite a few years since I first wrote about the ‘Transferee Mirage’. The original context was the satisfaction being expressed by many church leaders at the time that a (then) recent National Church Life Survey (2011) indicated ongoing attendance … Continue reading The ‘Transferee Mirage’ – Again!
In the previous Part One post on this topic I referenced Jesus great commission to his followers to “Go and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19,20). I also bemoaned the fact that, despite large numbers of church members hearing those words of Jesus multiple times in sermons or Bible studies often for decades, the ‘workers’, those who … Continue reading Encouraging ‘Frontliners’ Part 2 – Become One!
One day as he looked out over a crowd of the lost Jesus made the comment that “The Harvest is plentiful but the workers are few” (Matthew 9:37) highlighting the need for more proclaimers of the gospel. Jesus made it crystal clear that it is the purpose of those whom God has saved, the members … Continue reading Encouraging ‘Frontliners’ Part 1
I have been meditating lately on Jesus’ instruction to his followers "to go and make disciples" “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you”. Matthew 28:19,20. In particular … Continue reading Discipleship – Beyond Conversion
A few years ago, 2008 to be precise, as part of a paper I was writing at the time, I carried out a small survey in regard to the level of passion in congregations in regard to reaching the community with the gospel. The format was that I asked a number of Senior Ministers to … Continue reading The Dead Hand of Apathy