Ed Stetzer: Some Churches Need to Stop Holding On to Bad Habits, Bad Tradition, and Bad Strategy


Church methods have to change for churches to remain effective.

by Ed Stetzer

It’s long been said the seven last words of a church are “We’ve never done it that way before.”

The effect of holding onto bad tradition, bad habits, and bad strategy is ineffective evangelism, stagnation and eventually death.

How can churches avoid holding onto mechanisms, strategies, traditions, and the like, past their expiration date? How can churches be constantly effective in reaching their communities?

In light of modern cultural realities, here are three methodological shifts churches should consider to more effectively make disciples and reach our communities.

Consider scattering over gathering

Why not push more of the functions of church life to the periphery of church, including the amount of times we gather? I know this may sound counterintuitive and I don’t want to completely de-emphasize the large gathering. Gatherings are biblical.

But it would make more sense in our current context to do less gathering and more scattering. We are beyong the place where saying “Everyone come!” will bring unbelievers to a gathering. Churches need to have more of a “Let’s go!” mentality.

To be successful, leaders need to empower people. Church members need to be released as witnesses in their everyday lives—to be the “church scattered.”

In some cases, it’s helpful to empower small groups to have a broader functionality, even to the point of these groups functioning almost like little congregations. Some can be pre-church plants.

When ownership and responsibility is distributed, the more likely you are to have greater impact in a community.

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SOURCE: The Exchange
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