by Bob Whitesel DMin, PhD, January 17, 2017. A colleague asked for a simple process to help a new church reach out. Here it is:
4 Simple “cures” for church apathy which will help a church reach out:
Cure 1: find a need (among non churchgoers) and fill it.
Cure 2: disciple in interpersonal small groups, rather than the anonymity of large venues.
Cure 3: your goal should be “making learners” (i.e. disciples or as McGavran said, “enroll in Jesus’ school”).
Cure 4: make conversion the apex of the process.
You can tell I use these simple four aspects with church planting (and growing church) clients.
- Cure for the Common Church: God’s Plan to Restore Church Health came out of my notes and handouts to clients. The above is a four sentence abstract of the book.
- You can find a review here: CHURCH CURE & A Review of Cure for the Common Church
- And an executive summary of the book here: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY & Review by a Pastor of “Cure for the Common Church”