Asking the Tough Questions

I’ve been reading Reggie McNeal’s book, Practicing Greatness in which he shares 7 disciplines of extraordinary spiritual leaders.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be ordinary or average in anything… especially things pertaining to Christ’s Kingdom here on earth! If any area of life demands excellence and greatness, it is in this area of spiritual leadership in the church (whether you’re a pastor, teacher, deacon, or layperson).   

In one of the chapters in his book, McNeal encourages the leader to reconsider many of the “Wrong Questions” we are prone to ask, and replace it with the “Tough Questions” that will shed some much needed light on how we gauge effectiveness in the church.  Here’s the questions:

Wrong question: How do we “do church” better?

Tough question: How do we “be church” better? Or how do we deconvert from “churchianity” (institutional religion) to Christianity (the movement)?

 

Wrong question: How do we grow the church?  

Tough question: How do we serve the community?

 

Wrong question: How do we develop ministers for the church:                   

Tough question: How do we develop missionaries to the culture?

 

Wrong question: How do we develop church members?                                 

Tough question: How do we develop followers of Jesus?

 

 

Wrong question: How do we plan for the future we see?                                  

Tough question: How do we plan for the future God sees?

 

 

Wrong question: How do we develop leaders for church work?                 

Tough question: How do we develop leaders for the Christian movement?

These are questions that anybody who is passionate about the Lord and His Church should honestly consider.  Let’s stop asking the wrong questions… and start focusing on the tough questions!

Pastor James

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4 thoughts on “Asking the Tough Questions

  1. Only in the 7 principles aspect. This one is definitely geared more towards spiritual/ministry leadership, whereas Covey’s is more business/professional oriented, with spiritual undertones. I had considered taking the board through McNeal’s book. I think it would be beneficial. Covey’s is an excellent resource as well through.

  2. good thoughts. good questions. i believe we’ve done ‘church’ wrong far too long. it’s time we make some adjustments and really be a force in our communities for the gospel, not an institution where people merely come to gather.

    • I once heard Pastor Ed Russo from Victorious Life Assembly in Wesley Chapel say that “He who knows what to do is wise, but he who knows how to do it is wiser still!” The question then remains, how do we make this transition to bringer greater health and vitality to the local church… at the grassroots level? Implementation of and acting upon these questions is a strong starting point…

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