We expect the members in our church to be able to articulate the Gospel. In fact, many times we use this to “verify” that someone is really a Christian. If someone claims to be a Christian but they can’t verbalize the essential truths of the Gospel message, does that mean that they aren’t saved?

What is the essence of the Church?

It is almost official. The Census Bureau announced yesterday that with a net gain of one person every 11 seconds, the nation’s population will reach 300 million at about 7:46 a.m. next Tuesday.

“Does someone really need to be in a local church to be Missional? Something like Barna’s “Revolutionaries”

I really want to be able to say that authentically. I can’t yet. I like to count. I’ve been doing this for years. I count heads. I estimate numbers.

Recently I had coffee with my friend Jim Ryan. He pastors Heart of the Canyons Church in Canyon Country, CA.

I love the church! But let’s not confuse the means with the ends.