Saturday, August 02, 2008

Do Something Different

I blogged about a certain quote before in a post called Out of the Box. The only problem is I can't seem to get if out of my head.

I have often said this in the past:
If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done.
That relates so much in so many areas of a person's life. Whether it be marriage or finances, if you continually do the same thing expecting different results it only leads to frustration. The same can be true to business and church.

But yet we seem to fall back on the same thing. I'm all for looking at what certain churches are doing that are working. I believe church, as it is when you look across the whole church landscape, has not been progressing. I do see it as stubbornness. There is a resistance to change. There is even a resistance to progressing...as if the church of the 20th century is the only way to do church.

Think about it for a minute:

Here is what a typical church Sunday morning looks like...and I say typical meaning the average church across this country. Sing a few fast and slow songs....take an offering...do some announcements...preach...pray. And then what pastors are told is just pray real hard and God will do something big.

I'm not here to challenge the method, nor the fact that God can do something big. I guess I'm challenging the fact that churches are not reaching people. I'm challenging the results. Maybe that is my passion flowing through...I am passionate about our church reaching people that have never been in church or who have checked out and gave up on church.

I know there are some great churches that God is using mightily. They are doing some new things to reach people that have not been reached. When you take a look at our city it is awesome to see what Bay Area Fellowship has done in 10 years.

That other quote though that is driving me absolutely crazy isfrom Craig Groeschel the pastor of Lifechurch.tv. He said, "If you want to reach people that no one else is reaching, you must do something that no one else is doing."

I look at the area our 5 Point campus is located in. We are in Corpus but our area is a little segmented from the whole of Corpus. There are 50,000 people in the area. I would be hard challenged to say that 20,000 of those people are in church. And it disturbs me....I think about those 25-30 thousand people and what their eternity may hold. That is why we brought our campus here. It is going to be so different than any other church in this area. I believe in a way that reaches those that are not being reached...and if it doesn't...we will adapt and find what does.

We don't want to do what the church down the road is doing...we want to do what changes the eternity of those in our community.

What are some things that you are doing different?

2 comments:

Mike said...

Craig will get in your head and shake your brain around without even breaking a sweat.

Jason Curlee said...

You aren't kiddin' Mike...I found that I had even posted that quote...months ago....