Tuesday, October 30, 2007
The Crisis in Church Growth
Imagine that you and your spouse are interested in helping poverty stricken people get good health care at a reasonable price. You are a doctor and your spouse is a nurse and you have a million dollars to invest in developing a solid, modern health care facility in the middle of a destitute nation.
What would you do with the million dollars to have the greatest long term effect?
Option #1. Build a clinic and offer free medical and nursing care to everyone who came.
Option #2. Start a nursing school and select a few highly qualified students to be trained.
Option #3. Start a medical school and select a few highly qualified students to be trained.
Option #4. Start a school to teach the villagers how to prevent diseases and care for themselves.
Option #5. Invite foreign specialists to visit each year and do badly needed surgery.
Option #6. Start a church and teach the people to pray, read the Bible and know Christ.
Option #7. Some combination of these. (Which ones?)
I have my priorities. Do you?
Seasoned Believers can do all of these, if they choose to do so.