A Word From Steve Jones
september 16th, 2019
Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
The church today exists in a growing hostile environment, (but that is) no big surprise. Jesus promised that.
The important question we need to investigate is whether the church in Canada is sufficiently healthy enough to meet the challenging needs ahead of us. In a few previous blog posts (back in January, 2019) I mentioned that I am hearing the “rattling;” some signs of revitalization among our local churches. However, an army we are not. There are still a lot of dry bones (Ezekiel 37) in ‘dem Boneyard Baptist churches.
How healthy are we?
In a BARNA study a few years back on the state of discipleship, there was some sobering news. The study was conducted with interviews of 833 pastors and 2,013 Christian adults. Here were a few of the discoveries about our spiritual health:
The critical thing coming from this study is the need for the local church to develop a discipleship pathway; an intentional approach to ensure the developing of disciples who make disciples.
Disciple-making does not happen by accident. It must be intentional. If given three minutes to share your church’s intentional discipleship pathway plan…could you do it?