Wake up call for Willow Creek

Link here: http://blog.christianitytoday.com/outofur/archives/2007/10/willow_creek_re.html

I was frankly shocked to see this article. It gave me much joy. I was happy that a major church realized that people aren’t growing spiritually, and realizing that this means they need to change how they approach the people and essentially what they are doing at the church there in Willow Creek.
They’ve basically found that participation doesn’t signify the maturing of a Christian. This means that just because you attend church, or attend another fellowship during the week, or a small group meeting, it doesn’t mean you’re growing. Essentially – the numbers don’t matter. For years in mainstream Christianity the only thing that has mattered is the numbers.

We made a mistake. What we should have done when people crossed the line of faith and become Christians, we should have started telling people and teaching people that they have to take responsibility to become ‘self feeders.’ We should have gotten people, taught people, how to read their bible between service, how to do the spiritual practices much more aggressively on their own. Hybels

That is the essence of a maturing Christian. They refuse to remain at the status quo. They refuse to stay the same. They must read, they must pray, they must learn, they must experience, or else they have no purpose. This is the only way that Christianity is ever going to be effective. This is how we make disciples. If one person never made another disicple, discipline would end with them. If one person makes one disciple, then that disciple can do it again. And the Church of Jesus Christ desperately needs disciples to make disciples!

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