September 1, 2010
I’ve been wrestling with what is the best and most effective ‘function’ or ‘format’ of a church? What is the most healthy? I’ve been reading authors such as Alan Hirsch and Eddie Gibbs who speak of going missional as a church rather than attractional. Recently, Francis Chan walked away from his megachurch ministry in order to start a homechurch movement. Here is a video of him talking about it very candidly with other pastors. They asked him some very direct questions. I appreciated watching this video and his response…
Wow! … Fast forward to today, Francis Chan’s house church movement is growing with disciples multiplying and Mark Driscoll’s church imploded because of his bullying leadership control and was forced to break into smaller churches. Now a new leadership is focusing on disciplemaking movements also! How… interesting… and also how both men’s personalities come through in this video… Francis admits pride, while Mark succumbed later to his pride which led to his firing.
(Note: I’m not entirely against large churches, just leery of ones with a focus on building their own kingdom, rather than God’s, and/or on one man’s preaching rather than teaching people how to hear from God.)
Also, interesting is that Josh Harris, the other interviewer, has completely walked away from God’s calling on his life.