Future Church Moments from Will Mancini and Cory Hartman
Future Church Moment Three
“I believe that the COVID pandemic probably constitutes the greatest innovation opportunity that leaders will have i a lifetime. Yet there is a danger that the church will miss the moment.” (Future Church, p. 17)
George Bullard’s Response: Absolutely. God is showing us great open doors of opportunity for innovating in areas where we have been hesitant, faced opposition, and had not seen. Will we walk through these open doors while they are still open?
Future Church Moment Two
North American Churches have turned Proverbs 29:18 –“Where there is not vision, the people perish” into “Where there is no vision the people cherish things of lower importance.”
George Bullard’s Response: This calls for a renewed focus on making the main thing the main thing — fulfilling the Great Commission in the spirit of the Great Commandment. Focus on God’s empowering vision and creating and nurturing maturing disciples.
Future Church Moment One
Speaking in CMBA recently, Will Mancini declared that the functional Great Commission in North American Churches has become – “Go into all the world and make more worship attenders, baptizing them in the name of small groups and teaching them to volunteer a few hours a month.”
George Bullard’s Response: This calls for a major reset for the North American Church. Our mission is about fulfilling the Great Commission in the spirit of the Great Commandment. It is not about building local churches as the desired end result but primarily as the vehicle for disciplemaking.
– From the new book, Future Church: 7 Laws of Real Church Growth by Will Mancini and Cory Harman. Baker Books, 2020. (CMBA now has multiple copies of this book available. Every pastor who requests one may have a “free” book. If you want copies for your church at $13 each (the retail price is $25), send an email to CMBA@ColumbiaMetro.org with your request.)