By Mike McKinley:
Yesterday, I discussed a book that rocked my world last week.
As I continued reading Mr. McKinley’s book, I heard a young man (like myself), trying to lead in a ministry that is packed with a massive range in demographics and generational opinions.
This book has opened my eyes to an important reality within our churches, that is relatively new to the church. At no point in church history have we had this many age-ranges packed into one room on a Sunday morning!
Think about it; we’re living longer and therefore increasing the range of age-related preferences within our churches. For those of us who are the thirty-something leaders (not to mention the twenty-somethings), it can be difficult.
What was the life expectancy of the churches that Paul planted? Furthermore, what was the median-age of the Elders that he was appointing?
Let’s fast-forward to the younger years of our current seniors. What was the life expectancy of their churches? Did they have this vast age-range populous in their churches?
Obviously, I’m not saying that our seniors need to die-off or leave the church; that would be ludicrous! I’m just shedding some light on the situation that today’s leaders are in comparison to 2000 years of church history.
Though McKinley doesn’t complain directly about this struggle; like many shrinking churches, it was obviously a reality that he faced. This, and many other related problems became hurdles that Mike would have to overcome.
At his own admission, he struggled in a lot of areas and made his share of mistakes. Yet, he chose to focus on the one thing that could not fail him; Scripture.
Preaching The Word
I was moved by his focus on preaching the Word. He’s so right! Whether it’s the NIV on power-point or an authorized 1611 copy of the KJV, God’s Word taught to God’s people will have an effect.
Personally, I am so prone to getting caught up in how the church is facilitated. I need to remember that the Holy Spirit is real and interacts with the preaching and teaching of Scripture.
I should spend more time in prayer that God will move, instead of relying on my own efforts to move the seemingly immovable.
All in all, Church Planting Is For Wimps has vastly changed how I see church planting. I don’t personally think any ministry is for wimps, but I do recognize that those who are called to church revitalization need our fervent prayer.
Instead of ignoring or avoiding the age-old issues that our churches now face; these workers embrace them head-on. Much is said about church planting, but church revitalization is just as significant to the future of local and global church-growth.
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