In 1900, 80% of Christians were white, Western, northern hemisphere. In 2000, 80% were non-white, non-Western and southern hemisphere.Feel free to jump in and comment on any of the above. They are thought-provoking, aren't they? Which thoughts speak to you?
The church in North America is not like the Pharisees--we are the Pharisees, and Jesus does not like Pharisees.
The Pharisees clumped together and built a parallel culture--refuge theology is Pharisaical. When dealing with Pharisaism, we are dealing with a religion that has nothing to do with Jesus. They have a heart for religion, but not a heart for God.
People who live by a missionary set of values cannot abide those with a "club member" set of values.
The missional church is the most radical resorting of Christians since the reformation. Those who are missional have more in common with those in other tribes than with those in their own tribe who don't get it.
Kingdom growth is profoundly anti- what we have typically been doing.
Don't count critics; weigh them.
Talking about the future will lead Satan to crank up enough background noise that we cannot hear God.
Christianity is the fastest growing religious/spiritual group in the world today: 175,000 new Christians in the world each day.
The church is not the destination; the kingdom is the destination. Jesus does not say, "Thy church come." He spends 40 days before His ascension teaching about the kingdom. Acts closes with the kingdom. Jesus uses "church" twice, but "kingdom" 90 times. When the kingdom breaks out, things change. People's lives get radically re-altered; their entire worlds get re-ordered.
God says to Abram, "I'm blessing you so that you can bless all those people who are not like you." God regularly blesses people with whom He disagrees.
The "post-congregationlist" category is at 5% of the population and will go to 30% in the next 20 years.
Our conversation rate has to go up before our conversion rate can go up.
The kingdom of God is all about people, and God has seeded the value system of the younger generations (Xer's and millenials) that will feed the shift He has begun.
In a missionary culture a person does not look to the central hub for direction.
Most people are burned out from dealing with prolonged trivia.
Most of the stuff that impacts our congregations happens outside our meetings and it is stuff that we cannot plan for.
The bandwidth is expanded in a missional church: how many conversations are we having, how much life interface is taking place, how is our community service component, how many community leaders are we praying for, how many teachers have we partnered with, how many community groups have used our facility?
Friday, April 11
Reggie McNeal quotes
The following Reggie McNeal quotes come from a seminar given at Marty Duren's church entitled, Nuggets from McNeal. Reggie is Director of Leadership Development for the South Carolina Baptist Convention, and author of The Present Future one of my all-time favorite books. I have included a partial list of a few of the quotes that jumped out at me and relate to our own life, work, and ministry.