Matthew 28:19 New King James Version (NKJV)
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Acts 1:8 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Every church starts with Jesus at the helm. Every church starts with a driven desire to propel the gospel with a singular focus and a stream lined plan of attack. But somewhere along the path, the church grows and the temptation to do “more” begins to surface. Questions like the following begin to be asked.
1. When are we going to start a mid week service?
2. When are we going to start a preschool?
3. When are we going to start a mens/ womens/ singles ministry?
4. When are we going to start Awana?
5. When are we going to start MOPS?
For some reason, churches have fallen for the lie that growth is a prerequisite for more programs and activities. I believe this is why SO many churches stall out and stop growing. It’s NOT because these programs are evil. It’s because they are simply not in the vision of what God wants for that particular church.
The path to God is not through more ministry opportunities. I believe busyness is the cancer that is killing this generation in the first place. Having more ministries is not an effective indicator of more discipleship, greater leadership, better internal structure, or greater impact to the community or world in which they live. Busyness can become a tool that fragments the purpose of what your church was built on and rob people of the opportunity to take the good news to their world.
I am not interested in pastoring a church that provides a smorgasbord of opportunities for people to come to church and be emotionally stroked, only to go home and refuse to be the church outside of it. I’m not interested in providing more opportunities so we have less time and more excuses to continue in our disobedience by not fulfilling the Great Commission. How can we effectively Echo the good news of Jesus that way?
Echo Church will lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ so the world may hear the good news of Jesus. Echo Church will not lead people into being busy rather than being godly.
Here are the five ways Echo Church plans on accomplishing the goal of bringing the good news: http://echochurch.tv/vision-mission/