I’ve been challenged in my reading today. This book is hitting a nerv . . . well, not really a nerve because the book is right-on. Rather, it’s hitting “home.” Listen to what Slaughter says, “But somehow in the cycles of programming, capital campaigns, concerts, and Bible studies we forgot an important truth: curious crowds don’t equal committed disciples.”
Wow. What he is saying, in a nutshell, is that the church today is about numbers . . . butts in the seats . . . and not about making disciples. Or, at least for many churches (perhaps mine included) we tell ourselves that “if we could only get their butts in the seats, THEN we can make disciples out of them!” That is actually a valid point, and one I’ve heard (and said” numerous times. But, what if that is backwards? What if the disciple making needs to be FIRST and then the butts just fill the seats BECAUSE OF the discipleship??
Interesting. I’m going to chew on that a bit.