People have built walls between them and the institutionalized church. We need to get beyond the idea that certain types of programs, technology, facilities, and other such efforts will break through the fears and disillusionment people have toward the church. Rather, we must break through those walls with the love of Christ.
Remember, “perfect love drives out fear” (1 Jn. 4:18).
What might that look like for churches?
- restoring Jesus to His rightful place as Head of the church, our primary message and source of hope … people are spiritually-oriented, wanting to be in a relationship over religion
- retooling programs and worship services to get away from an “us” and “them” approach … people are socially-oriented, wanting to learn from each other not merely a leader, teacher or pastor
- relationally communicating so people can respond and not just listen … people are social media-oriented, wanting to collaborate
- recognizing the contribution each person has to make … people are significance-oriented, wanting to be a part of something bigger
- reaching out to our communities in tangible ways with the love of Christ … people are service-oriented, wanting to make a difference where they live
What might that mean for church leaders?
- Their leadership must be about people, not merely the administration of programs.
- Their leadership must be to minister, not merely complete tasks.
- Their leadership must be to advance God’s purposes, not merely church as usual.
- Their leadership must be motivated by love, not merely to accomplish their goals.