Monday, January 11, 2010

Good questions for churches

In chapter 5 of Reggie McNeal's book Practicing Greatness he discusses the 'Discipline of Decision Making.' He suggests good decision-making requires asking the right questions, then lists some "wrong questions" with the "tough" (or "right") questions that should be asked instead...

Wrong Question: How do we "do church" better?
Tough Question: How do we "be church" better? Or how do we deconvert from "churchianity" (institutional religion) to Christianity (the movement)?

Wrong Question: How do we grow this church?
Tough Question: How do we serve this community?

Wrong Question: How do we develop ministers for the church?
Tough Question: How do we develop missionaries to the culture?

Wrong Question: How do we develop church members?
Tough Question: How do we develop followers of Jesus?

Wrong Question: How do we plan for the future we see?
Tough Question: How do we prepare for the future God sees?

Wrong Question: How do we develop leaders for church work?
Tough Question: How do we develop leaders for the Christian movement?