Check out this innovative and strategic opportunity, presented by Roy Moran, the Lead Pastor of Shoal Creek Community Church in Liberty, Missouri, a member of The Sending Alliance.
Starting this fall explore the phenomena of disciple making movements and the implications for Kansas City.
Tuesday mornings 6:30 am to 8:30 am, Sept 17 (limit of 8 people per session)
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How do you Disciple a City?
Arthur C. Clarke said
“Every revolutionary idea seems to evoke three stages of reaction. They may be summed up by the phrases:
- It's completely impossible.
- It's possible, but it's not worth doing.
- I said it was a good idea all along.”
The church as we know it is in trouble. Please note that the Church is never in trouble because Jesus promised to build it, keep it, redeem it and bring it to glory. But the institution we know as the local church is on a glide path for irrelevance in North America.
The decline in attendance by generation is enough to drive us to despair.
Thom Rainer estimates the proportion of each generation reached for Christ in the USA:
65% of those born between 1910-1945.
35% of those born between 1946-1964.
15% of those born between 1965-1976.
4% of those born between 1977-1994.
88% of all under the age of 26 do not attend church at all!
In World Christian Trends Barrett and Johnson calculate that it costs the US institutional church $1,551,466 to baptize each new member it brings in!
Since this book was published in 2001 church budgets have risen and church attendance plummeted so the figure may be approaching $2 million dollars per convert!
For that kind of money you’d think you would get converts who were sold out for the cause, nothing could be further from the truth. Jim Putnam in Discipleshift ponders the plight of the modern church.
Consider how recent statistics show that when it comes to morality and lifestyle issues, there is little difference between the behavior (and one can assume condition of the heart) of Christians and non- Christians. Divorce rates are about the same. The percentages of men who regularly view pornography are roughly the same — and it’s a lot of men.
Christians are considered to be more than two times as likely to have racist attitudes as non-Christians. Domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and most other problems are just as prevalent among Christians as among non-Christians. Consider too statistics about evangelicals. About one in four people living together outside marriage call themselves evangelicals.
This is depressing stuff! Shouldn’t this drive us to pursue new and drastic means to accomplish the mission that Jesus gave us. Yet business as usual seems to be the order of the day.
If you are reading this you have an interest in doing something different. But are you prepared for a revolution? That is what it is going to take!
If Arthur C. Clarke is right you are going to have to face “It is completely impossible!”, response long enough to move the revolution thru the stages until you build momentum.
So here is a suggestion for fomenting a revolution.
- Identify people who share your holy discontent.(This will be harder than you think!)
- Experience “Hacking the Gospel: freeing the good news from the church” together. This course is a 9 week exposure to disciple making movement methodology being used around the world.
- Launch a Disciple-making Movements Learning Community in your part of the city.
- Produce and propagate a strategy to reach your part of the City
- Start a training revolution and train any and everyone you can how to plant a reproducing gospel in every census block in KC (71,504 blocks)
- Multiply your DMLC into smaller sectors of your City reaching into the outlying areas.
A Brief Overview of the Course:
Hacking the Gospel: freeing the message of Jesus from the church.
Week #1 Is the church in North America really in trouble.
Week #2 What’s so great about the Great Commission?
Week #3 What’s so bad about a great big fat Greek mind?
Week #4 What in the world is God up to? (overview of movements)
Week #5 What is a disciple?
Week #6 What does a disciple do? (discovery group process)
Week #7 How does a disciple make disciples? (reproduction)
Week #8 What does it take to lead, in movements?
Week #9 Building a City Strategy thru learning communities (DMLC)
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