What's Your DREAM for Your Church??
The Single Greatest Christian Growth Catalyst
When I graduated from seminary (many years ago) there was far more that I DIDN’T know than I did know. As I prepared to take my first pastorate, all I really knew at the time was that God had called me to lead a church, and that I deeply desired to make a difference. What I was unsure of was HOW to do that!
I set out to find some answers. The first was a pastors’ conference where the speaker challenged us to “dream God’s dream” for our church and asked the question…”If you could lead the church of your dreams what would it look like?” Great question. Right?
The Idol of Expository Preaching
I’ve been to a few dozen conferences over the last 20 years and I’ve always walked away with at least one or two takeaways that have helped our church to become healthier or more effective. However, nothing has changed our church more than the principles I first heard about nearly twenty years ago at a Preaching for Life Change conference. Those simple principles have supercharged our discipleship process and has been responsible for literally thousands of lives changed (BTW – we are NOT a megachurch).
As we have taught these principles to other pastors, we’ve boiled them down to the acronym C.H.A.N.G.E.
8 Principles of Great Preaching
When I was at seminary one of my preaching professors became quite zealous while lecturing our class one day. Waving his Bible in the air he yelled out, “Expository preaching is the only true preaching that shows a preacher loves God and reveres His holy word! None of that topical, mamby pamby, self-help, feel good nonsense! Topical preaching is for preacherettes who share sermonettes to make Christianettes!” He was met with dozens of “amens” by my classmates but I was unsettled.
4 Secrets of Effective Evangelistic Churches
Great preaching is biblical, questionable, bridgeable, simple, personal, emotional, applicable, and ephemeral.
Of course, they’re not secrets at all. While the norm continues to be evangelistic ineffectiveness, there are hundreds of highly effective evangelistic churches out there. I have been studying effective evangelistic churches for years trying to learn their trade secrets and apply them in my own church. When looking at these churches I’ve noticed some things they all seem to have in common.