Summary: one of a series in the book of Acts
The right stuff - the wrong way
We have the right stuff
10 years/Win Arn in Marquette MI about the Christian church movement. I went with some LSCC Elders and listened and learned.
He said the Christian Church movement was ideally suited to reach American culture for Jesus and it should be able to grow!
He then cited several factors
We have the right stuff!
We have Jesus
We have the freedom in Christ to be his followers - no more and no less!
We have the word of God, no creeds
No rulebooks and manuals to follow
We have the church
No burden of denominational structure
No exclusive names or brands to follow after
Yet the average Christian church in America is baptizing 3 people a year. And 2 of those are biological additions. We are not keeping up with population growth!
It is not happening. We have the right struff but we are doing it the wrong way! - 3 Primary Problems
1. THE Minister.
People sit and the minister - minister
2. The Board Meeting
Elders and Deacons fight. We do not organize for growth. We organize to fight. There is no accountability. Preachers manipulate and grow old while still young.
3. The Congregational Meeting
3% of congregation dominates 97% of time complaining
worse - reading bylaws to the rest of us. The problem is the abdication of leadership. The Preacher can’t lead. The board can’t lead. The People shuffle one direction or another depending on the loudest voice - right or wrong!
Ezekiel 34:2 (quickview)  (NIV) "Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy and say to them: ’This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to the shepherds of Israel who only take care of themselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock?
Ezekiel 34:4 (quickview)  (NIV) You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally.
Ezekiel 34:8 (quickview)  (NIV) As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, because my flock lacks a shepherd and so has been plundered and has become food for all the wild animals, and because my shepherds did not search for my flock but cared for themselves rather than for my flock,
Ezekiel 34:10 (quickview)  (NIV) This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against the shepherds and will hold them accountable for my flock. I will remove them from tending the flock so that the shepherds can no longer feed themselves. I will rescue my flock from their mouths, and it will no longer be food for them.