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Old Model Church vs New Model Church


Matt Carter is right on. Most people today—especially young people—are no longer content to let church services define the depth and length of their spiritual walk. They are seeking significance; they want to feel like they can make a difference in the world. It is time for the church to recognize it is not a fortress for believers but a hospital for unbelievers. How can we do this?

1. Seek Unbelievers. Jesus makes our mission clear. He tells us to, “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:19). Instead of waiting for people to come to us, we must go to, “the lost sheep of Israel” (Matt. 10:6). In other words, unbelievers are not the seekers—we are. This is what we need to communicate to all believers.

2. Serve Others. This is what Jesus came to do (Mark 10:45). It means getting out of our comfort zones and looking for ways to serve people in our community—no strings attached. What are the needs in your community? Talk to your mayor and social service agencies. Take a poll in a coffee shop. Find out what you can do and then take a young person to serve with you.

3. Schedule Time. Evangelism does not happen by accident. Our schedules are already so busy that we need to plan times to be with people outside of church, family and work. I wrote about this is in Living Dangerously. “What are your interests? Become involved in activities you enjoy, with the distinct purpose of meeting others in places like health clubs, community sporting clubs, and parent clubs. Volunteer at hospitals, rest homes, or at community events such as car shows, parades, or charity events. These activities bring people together, and provide opportunities for establishing relationships” (p. 120). Our role is make disciples that make disciples, so we need to invite someone to share these activities with us.


What else can you do to challenge and mentor young people in the church today?


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