Thursday, November 01, 2007

Seeker sensitivity

Apparently, "seeker sensitive" approaches to ministry aren't working as well as people had hoped.
Willow Creek has released the results of a multi-year study on the effectiveness of their programs and philosophy of ministry.
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The report reveals that most of what they have been doing for these many years and what they have taught millions of others to do is not producing solid disciples of Jesus Christ. Numbers yes, but not disciples.
I found it very encouraging, however, that Bill Hybels admits,
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 services, how to do the spiritual practices much more aggressively on their own.
With such a wide following (for Hybels and Willow Creek), perhaps this kind of confession can lead to some truly positive change?

Hat tip to Amy for the link - thanks Amy! Your links are great!

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