Posted by: sdunnpastor | November 29, 2010

KEY QUESTIONS FOR OUR TIMES

In 2000 Bill Easum articulated a number of key questions that have great importance to churches committed to evangelism and discipleship in the 21st century.  Here are his questions.  Here at EVANGELISM TODAY we would invite your response.  We’ll be sure Bill gets the info.

In 2000 I prepared a presentation for the Society for Church Growth in which I asked what I considered at the time to be some of the key questions of our time.  In looking back over these questions I find they are still the key questions with which Western Christianity is wrestling. You be the Judge if they are.

  • What is it about my relationship with Jesus my neighbor and the world can’t live without experiencing?
  • How do I share my faith without coming off like a bigot?
  • What will Christianity look like when it truly understands that North America is a mission field?
  • What is the difference in being missional and doing evangelism?
  • What is the difference in a being pastor and being a cross-cultural missionary?
  • What does it mean to live in a world where one’s spirituality is more important than one’s credentials?
  • Can we imagine doing evangelism that is not carried out within the context of conquest?
  • How do leaders lead without control?
  • What will authority look like in an out-of-control, anti-institutional, non-religious world?
  • What will Christianity look like when it’s no longer defined by books?
  • How do we transition from handing out data that informs to offering an experience that transforms?
  • How will we help people grow their spirituality instead of just learning more about the Bible?
  • What will Christianity look like when the church is missional and not institutional?
  • How will we “be” the church instead of “go” to church?

So how are you dealing with these questions? Or are you?

Bill Easum
www.churchconsultations.com
easum@aol.com

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