Recently, I had an important experience. At the Leadership Summit, Willow unveiled a new book that contains some recent research they had done with theirs and 6 other congregations. The preliminary results are astounding. And, it concludes what many of us had intuitively felt but not articulated.
I won't try to unpack it for you here. But, the net results will revolutionize discipleship in the church as we know it if their findings continue to be affirmed.
I will say this. Have we as church leaders perpetuated an unhealthy dependence on the church for peoples maturing and dependence on Christ? Have we, for a very long time, led people to believe that their ultimate maturity is a result of the programs we offer in the local church? Are more mature Christians dissatisfaction with the offerings of local churches a result of a misguided mindset we have unintentionally encouraged?
This is a conversation that will polarize many. But one, I believe, that is vital to the future full Kingdom effectiveness of the Church.
What do you think? I highly encourage you to read this book and track with the conversation as it develops.