Are We Too Focused on How We Meet?

Are We Too Focused On Last year I was challenged by the teaching of Richard Green at a conference of church leaders in Washington.

He said this – Our focus cannot be: “How many people can we get to our meetings??

It must be: “How can we train disciplemakers?”

The truest test of your church is not what happens on Sunday mornings. It’s what happens in your community.

You have a vision for your church but not for your community!

I have to admit that as a church planter and pastor, for many years I was too focused on “what happens on Sunday mornings.” In fact, the majority of the effort of our pastoral staff and volunteers was focused on Sunday morning. We also emphasized small groups during the week – but the majority of our resources were focused on being prepared for our Sunday meeting and how to get more people to come to our meetings.

I think that is the focus of too many churches. Rather than focusing on multiplying disciples, we are focused on multiplying the number of seats we can fill and services we can offer on Sunday morning. Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for believers coming together to worship God and to hear good teaching from God’s Word. I just don’t believe that the majority of our resources should be focused on Sunday morning.

Towns and Stetzer make this observation in Perimeters of Light:
Most churches have no real basis for choosing what takes place in worship. Their only thoughts are, “Will it attract people?” In other words, what will the consumer think? (p 82)

I don’t think that’s the question we should be asking or the focus we should maintain.

The real question we need to ask is: “Will it make disciples?”


Dave DeVries

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer, author and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. With 30+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches.
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  1. Bob Carder
    Bob Carder says:

    Yes, yes, yes… The real question is: Are we all personally making disciples.

    Much of the wine skin in America cannot contain the new wine Disciples making disciples produces through the Holy Spirit.

    I’m moving out of the old skin this week and into the new God’s Spirit is birthing.

    While I will always love the Missionary Church, I have to leave her in order to be obedient to God at this time.

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