3 Ways to Make the Church More Effective

3 Ways to Make the Church More Effective

Ryan Duncan

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. – Matthew 5:15

To be a Christian means to stand in witness for Christ. All of us, no matter our background, are called to share the Good News with the people of our world (Mark 16:15). It’s a huge responsibility, a great honor, and a noble calling. Unfortunately, Christians aren’t always skillful when it comes to sharing the gospel. With all the changes taking place in modern society, many believers are questioning the Church’s effectiveness in leading others to Christ.

Ed Stetzer is one such Christian. In a recent column for Christianity Today, Stetzer proposed that churches needed to change their methods if they wanted to continue reaching communities. As an example, he pointed to the use of pathways,

Consider How to Use Pathways

Pathways transitions people away from apathy into groups where they’ll provoke one another to love and good deeds (Heb. 10:24). We need to help people live as agents of God’s mission. Sometimes you have to stop doing good things to do the best things. That’s always a hard call, especially for churches. Churches that refuse to budge on inerrancy of Scripture should be commended. Churches that confuse inerrancy with methodology should be corrected.

That tendency can be applied to aspects of ministry that have outlived their usefulness. We need clearer systems and processes that lead people from passivity to activity in involvement in the mission of God and serving one another.

Whitney Hopler, another voice on Christian transformation, takes a more introspective approach. She advises Christians to change their attitude on worship, which she believes has grown stale over the years. She writes,

Receive the Gift of Worship Gratefully

“Since it’s only through God’s love and power that you and the others in your church can offer yourselves as living sacrifices to God through worship and experience the profound blessings of encountering God through worship, be thankful. Keep in mind that gratitude is the foundation of worship as a church community.

Finally, Nick Hall, the founder of PULSE and author of Reset, believes we all need to be more like Jesus. Too often the gospel becomes entangled in politics, social issues, or personal egos. Jesus, on the other hand, was concerned about people, and that meant stepping into life’s messes. In a section of Reset he states,

Put Others above Yourself

“If we spend time with Jesus, then we will naturally be driven to do the things that Jesus did. In other words, if you tell me you’re hanging out with Jesus every day and yet there is no desire in your life to share your faith, or love those he gave his life for, then we should probably dig a little deeper to find out what version of Jesus we are talking about.”

The gospel message will never change, but as Ed Stetzer suggested earlier, perhaps its methods should. We live in a culture which views the Church with increasing fear and suspicion, and the old systems of ministry are no longer working. If we continue to hold on to bad strategies, the strength of evangelism will only weaken. Now is the time to let our lights shine, so let us renew our efforts to share the Good News with all people.

What about you? Do you believe the Church needs to change its methods? Be sure to leave a comment in the space below.

*Published 6/7/16

**Ryan Duncan is the Editor of Crosswalk.com

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3 responses to “3 Ways to Make the Church More Effective

  1. Redeeming Luv Greetings to you!

    I used to think like that too, but what I have learnt is that the people who are outside the pale of salvation today are too preoccupied in things that are of some benefit to them most, such as: politics, entertainment, crime, corruption, work, sports, attending meetings, gims and hangouts. In addition, they are more educated and would have heard the gospel before in comparison to the Godfearing society of yesteryear. As a result, the strategy has to be changed and ones dailt lifestyle, witnessing, teaching and reasoning seems to be a more effective approach to evangelism today. it all boils down to finding out the rootcause of the way people in a society behave, and present the Gospel according to its specific need.

    You will agree with me that politics affect every one in a society, even the world at large. What affects North America or Europe affects the world. However the church should be separate from the State. Nevertheless the church opperates within the State, register marriages on behalf of the state, and its duty is to pray for and also impact the State by preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is pathetic though that it is the other way around, but in time past it was not so. For example, those of the early church were referred to as, “these that have turned the world upside down….”

    My approach to societal problems is by redemption from mental and spiritual enslavement through the precious blood of Christ. [1 Peter 1:18-19]
    There is no hard and fast rule so we must follow the Spirit’s leading. I pray that this makes some sense. End of my comment.

    Redeeming Luv

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    • This certainly makes sense.

      Though connected to state affairs, having to register marriages on behalf of the state, pay our taxes, and wordily affairs, having to pay our rents, make communal arrangements, etc. we should show that though living in this world we are not of it.

      Time is at hand that the preaching of the Gospel has become very much important and that out of our love for the others we should warn all for the coming of the end-times.

      The preaching work should make the core of our Christian life.

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