Where in the world is God taking us as a church? How in the world are we going to introduce people to Jesus who aren’t primed and ready in any way? One thing’s for certain. Simply inviting people to church activities is not going to cut it any more. God is going to have to show us how to be apostolic–sent out–again.
On his blog Steve’s Stuff, Columbia Theological Seminary President Steve Hayner posts videos and articles that address these questions and more. He passes them on as he comes across them. I recommend subscribing to his blog feed.
Steve’s most recent post is a 7-minute video in which Alan Hirsch discusses why the church in its present forms, even in its seemingly most popular forms, cannot reach 60% of the population out there. Find out more about Alan Hirsch here.
Hirsch reflects on how church must become a gospel movement rather than a static institution. He describes what the DNA of the gospel is. The master gene of the DNA is this: “Jesus is Lord.” Here’s the video:
Hirsch says that this DNA is in every believer. Every believer is a church planter, which means every believer is a seed, a DNA carrier, which tells me that every believer is a mustard seed.