Five Questions Every Church Should Be Asking

ChurchLeaders | 9/18/2019 | Staff
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A recent article in the Atlantic cited 17 questions every college should be asking. And it made me think about the five questions every church should be asking.

The point of the article was that “we need a serious conversation about the future of America’s universities.”

They’re right.

We do.

Questions - Ones

And the questions they posed were good ones, including:

What is quality, and how should it be measured?

Scratch - Program - Duration

If we were building from scratch, would we make almost every program the same four-year duration?

We are witnessing the emergence of high quality, low-cost ways of learning online. How should we think about hybrid curricular options—that is, the mixing of new forms of pedagogy with old—that might be available to us? How will this affect the residential model?

Institutions - Disruptions - Form

Will most extant institutions survive the coming ed-tech disruptions in roughly their current form?

In the same spirit, what are the questions every church should be asking if there were to be a serious conversation about its future?

Issues - Culture - Church - Questions

There are so many that could be asked that would reflect bleeding-edge issues in culture, but for the church, it has to begin with the most foundational questions.

Five questions every church should be asking come to mind, along with what I would argue the answers should entail:

Purpose - Church

1. What is the purpose of the church?

To use marketplace terminology, understanding our purpose is understanding what business we are in. What is the business, or purpose, of the church?

Portraits - Church - Acts - Light - Teaching

From the earliest biblical portraits of the church in Acts, in light of the settled teaching of the New Testament, it is clear that there is a five-fold purpose for the church: evangelism, discipleship, ministry, worship and community (e.g., Acts 2:42-27). Put more actively, we are to evangelize the lost, assimilate the evangelized, disciple the assimilated, and unleash the discipled for ministry and evangelism. This is what the church does.

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