What is the purpose of the church? In other words, why does a church exist? It depends on whom you ask. Some sections of Christianity would make the purpose of the church about orphan care. Orphan care is not the purpose of a local church. Other sections of Christianity would argue for clean water for those in Third World Countries. Clean water is not the primary reason why a church exists. Some would argue that the church exists to be evangelistic. Again, this is not the primary purpose of a church.
What is the primary purpose of the church? From my understanding it is to create fully surrendered disciples of Jesus (Matt 28-18-20). If the church is creating fully surrendered disciples of Jesus then are they going to care about orphans? Are they going to care about clean water? Are they going to care about witnessing? The answer, of course, is yes!
How does a church go about creating fully surrendered disciples of Jesus? This is the question, which Eastside Community Church (ECC) is currently seeking to answer. ECC is the church where I am serving as senior pastor.
We are three and half years in to this journey. Here is what I have discovered so far:
- Very few churches have solved this question, how does a church go about creating fully surrendered disciples.
- Most church leaders that I have spoken with know that this is a question that needs to be solved.
- Church leaders for the most part have not developed a strategy to answer this question.
- To answer this question will cost you, your life. There is no such thing as a “short-cut,” or a “magic” wand that can be waved to solve this question. The answer comes with committing one’s life to this cause.
What is your answer to the question, “How does a church go about creating fully surrendered disciples of Jesus?” What have you tried as it relates to developing a strategy for this question? Are you willing to give up your life for this cause?
In the weeks to come, I am going to share with you the key learnings that we have learned through our journey of creating fully surrender disciples.