As I have studied church trends in seminary, read many books on some of the biggest churches in America and the world and read the Bible we can see that the trends of the church really haven’t changed much. What I mean is the basic fundamentals or disciplines of the church haven’t changed. Now the format or how the church is physically structured has changed a lot but its’ overall view hasn’t and it really shouldn’t.
There are four basic Biblical fundamentals that the church must focus on and it transcends from adults down through children and they are worship, community and mission. Let’s look at it from a Biblical standpoint. The Great Commandment found in Mark 12:30-31 says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” This verse encompasses the first to ideals. Loving God is all about worship whether it is singing, praying, tithing or even fasting it is all centered around our Savior, Jesus. The second part in verse 31 talks about loving people and part of loving people is a commitment to build community. Community can be through church events, church discipleship programs or even council/ministry team meetings. It is important to have community if the body of Christ if it is to survive. The second ideal in a well rounded ministry is community.
The last two ideals mission and church planting. Mission should be the result of worship and community. It is the external focus and call of the church. The church (the people) no matter the age should be a reaching entity. We reach out into our communities and neighborhoods to fulfill the Great Commission as seen in Matthew 28. There should be a strong desire to reach others with the Gospel of Christ for those who have Christ inside them. We also need to be intentionally planting. Planting churches helps further the Gospel for the Kingdom and it allows the church to reach more people. If we are to be a reaching entity then we have to plant to find those people who are not just unsaved but also disconnected from the church itself.
Reaching Up, Reaching In, Reaching Out and Intentionally Planting