What is the essence of the Church?

“The essence of any church is its mission. The essence of God’s mission is extravagant love, which Jesus Christ communicated and displayed for us on the cross.” Tom Clegg, Lost in America p. 20

Too many churches have lost sight of what they are all about. We get focussed primarily on our own fellowship and feeding, becoming insular and inbred.

“Your church – beginning with you – must change its heart and its behavior, learning to build intentional relationships with people in your community who aren’t yet Christians.” (Lost in America p. 21)

What will it take for pastors and believers to truly embrace a missional lifestyle? How does a “change of heart” take place so that it changes behaviors?

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