At a recent conference Pastor Andy Stanley challenged me and others in attendance with a powerful question:
What is the faith of the next generation worth?
Pastor Stanley’s advice for church leaders is that we should be a “by all means possible“ leader. If something is a barrier to our culture’s hearing of the Gospel, we should be willing to give it up.
Some common examples of potential barriers could include
- specific ministry practices or traditions
- worship style
- the importance of the entire Bible vs. The Gospel
- decor in church
- stressing social issues
- preaching vs teaching
- denominational loyalty
Perhaps nothing in the above list is mutually exclusive to the clear and effective teaching of The Gospel. Maybe everything is. That’s the challenge for Christian leaders today.
In a post-Christian culture, the toughest question Christian leaders face is this:
What do we give up for the sake of The Gospel?
If your answer is nothing, there is a good chance that the changing pace of our culture will make you increasingly irrelevant.
If your answer is everything, I like your spirit, but I wonder how many people will follow you.
What are you willing to give up for the faith of others?
What is your local chapter of Christ’s church willing to make less so The Gospel can be made more in our culture?
Click the image below for a simple personal exercise to determine your take on the BY ALL MEANS POSSIBLE Leadership challenge.
You can also use the exercise with your team, staff, or board. I’ve included 4 discussion questions to get you started.