Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Small Vs. Big Churches: The Family Feud We All Lose

Passions run high when discussing local church dynamics and how church size impacts a church’s effectiveness. [Andy] Stanley was visibly passionate in the video when he talked about the best way to engage the next generation.
But Stanley’s remarks were offensive, as he rightly admitted. He went after people in smaller churches by claiming their intentions and motivations are wrong.
But the question here is not about intention; it’s about methodology. Stanley assumes that highly targeted, age-segregated environments are the best way to engage the next generation. He didn’t question that assumption; instead he questioned the intentions of people who go to smaller churches. That’s what prompted the family feud.
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