The Gospel-Driven Church: Uniting Church Growth Dreams with the Metrics of Grace

The Gospel-Driven Church: Uniting Church Growth Dreams with the Metrics of Grace❰Epub❯ ➟ The Gospel-Driven Church: Uniting Church Growth Dreams with the Metrics of Grace Author Jared C. Wilson – Tbjewellers.co.uk Many evangelical churches face the problem of the open back door even as new people arrive, older members are leaving, looking for something else Combined with this problem is the discipleship deficit Many evangelical churches face the problem of the Church: Uniting PDF/EPUB Â open back door even as new people arrive, older members are leaving, looking for something else Combined with this problem is the discipleship deficit, the difficult truth that most evangelicals are not reaching the unchurched at the rates they think they are In fact, many of the The Gospel-Driven PDF \ metrics that we often count in the church to highlight success really don t tell us the full story of a church s spiritual state Things like attendance, decisions, dollars, and experiences can tell us something about a church, but not everythingTo cultivate a spiritually healthy church we need a shift in our metrics a grace Gospel-Driven Church: Uniting PDF/EPUB ½ shift that prioritizes the work of God in the lives of people over numbers and dollars Are people growing in their esteem for Jesus Is there a dogged devotion to the Bible as the ultimate authority for life Is there a growing interest in theology and doctrine A discernible spirit of repentance And perhaps most importantly, is there evident love for God and for our neighbors in the congregation Leading a church culture to shift from numerical success to the metrics of grace can be costly, but leaders who have conviction, courage, and commitment can lead while avoiding some of the landmines that often destroy churches Wilson includes diagnostic questions that will help leaders measure and lead team transparency in measuring as a group the relative spiritual health of their church, as well as a practical prescriptive plan for implementing this metric measuring strategy without becoming legalisticMost attractional church models can lean heavily on making changes to the weekend worship gatherings And while some of these changes can be good, thriving grace focused churches are driven by a commitment to the gospel, allowing the gospel to inform and shape the worship service and the various ministries of the church.

Jared C Wilson is the Director of Content Church: Uniting PDF/EPUB Â Strategy for Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Managing Editor of For The Church ftc , and Director of the Pastoral Training Center at Liberty Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri He is the author of numerous books, including Gospel Wakefulness, The Prodigal Church, and, most recently, The Imperfect The Gospel-Driven PDF \ Disciple Wilson blogs regularly at gospeldrivenchurch, hosted by The Gospel Coalition and is a frequent speaker at conferences and churches around the world.

The Gospel-Driven Church: Uniting Church Growth Dreams
    The Gospel-Driven Church: Uniting Church Growth Dreams is there evident love for God and for our neighbors in the congregation Leading a church culture to shift from numerical success to the metrics of grace can be costly, but leaders who have conviction, courage, and commitment can lead while avoiding some of the landmines that often destroy churches Wilson includes diagnostic questions that will help leaders measure and lead team transparency in measuring as a group the relative spiritual health of their church, as well as a practical prescriptive plan for implementing this metric measuring strategy without becoming legalisticMost attractional church models can lean heavily on making changes to the weekend worship gatherings And while some of these changes can be good, thriving grace focused churches are driven by a commitment to the gospel, allowing the gospel to inform and shape the worship service and the various ministries of the church."/>
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  • Jared C. Wilson
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10 thoughts on “The Gospel-Driven Church: Uniting Church Growth Dreams with the Metrics of Grace

  1. says:

    I found this book quite disappointed It is formulaic and superficial One of the obvious contributors to this is that there is no chapter on prayer which is crucial.

  2. says:

    I enjoy the candor and clarity of Wilson s writing But, what I appreciate most is that he is trying to be forthright and clear about Jesus in a way that shows how Jesus is amazing This book is no exception to that This book reads like a tract for how to steer an attractions church model towards a model of church that explicitly makes Jesus the center or focal point He calls this being gospel driven I was already convinced of Wilson s thesis before I came to the book But, this book w I enjoy the candor and clarity of Wilson s writing But, what I appreciate most is that he is trying to be forthright and clear about Jesus in a way that shows how Jesus is amazing This book is no exception to that This book reads like a tract for how to steer an attractions church model towards a model of church that explicitly makes Jesus the center or focal point He calls this being gospel driven I was already convinced of Wilson s thesis before I came to the book But, this book was helpful because he lays out a way forward that is gentle and tender towards those that aren t convinced of this I work in Campus Ministry and I m consistently shepherding students who come out of the attractions model and want us to be attractional This book has helped me have a greater heart for those students and given me practical ways to help those students see the beauty of Jesus in what Wilson calls the gospel driven model

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    Probably one of the most encouraging book on ministry I ve read in a while Which is ironic, because the book isn t directly meant to be encouraging it s meant to be a primer on how to change an attractional church to a gospel church But in that process, I was encouraged because he laid out clearly over and over the importance of depth rather than mere width And in ministry where numbers are much easier to focus on and quantify, such a message was a breath of fresh air.The content of the book Probably one of the most encouraging book on ministry I ve read in a while Which is ironic, because the book isn t directly meant to be encouraging it s meant to be a primer on how to change an attractional church to a gospel church But in that process, I was encouraged because he laid out clearly over and over the importance of depth rather than mere width And in ministry where numbers are much easier to focus on and quantify, such a message was a breath of fresh air.The content of the book was solid all the way through He s a great writer, it was well organized, and he even had a sample case study woven throughout to illustrate his points For all this, I m very thankful I will access this book again and again in ministry.The only critique I d have is the lack of gospel centered definition It think this happens a lot these days For example, he writes a lot that the gospel is enough and it is , but what does that mean A prime example is when he talks about preaching He says that the attractional church istopical usually, while the gospel centered church is about exposition and the gospel Amen He then talks about how this might lead people to not liking how you always focus on the gospel, on grace, on Christ, etc Amen understandable But here s the critique Still, what does that look like Why I say this is because I think he s right that the attractional, topical type preaching is incorrect I also think Jesus should be in every sermon But I think people could read this advice and think that every sermon should come back essentially to justification by grace through faith in Christ alone And I ve seen gospel centered churches do this and essentially it leads ironically to poor exegesis, not teaching the whole counsel of God, and the preacher giving practically the same message every week As a result, I wish there wasclarity on what it meant to be all about the gospel how that doesn t exclude other topics, debatable theological ideas like Reformed theology , etc And this is an issue not only for Wilson in this book, but for all of us myself included who are preaching the message to be all about the gospel I think we need less vagueness here, or else we might, ironically, create a shallow generation of Christians But overall, an amazing book And as I said above, a ministerial breath of fresh air

  4. says:

    A fantastically challenging and thought provoking book that forces you to honestly evaluate your entire walk and ministry Told with real clarity and conviction, the exposition is driven along by an accompanying modern day parable.I have only one criticism that same parable feels unfinished and having established a firm foundation the author descends into a long shopping list of do s and don ts that fairly presume the justifications for his recommendations have already been laid out In fairnes A fantastically challenging and thought provoking book that forces you to honestly evaluate your entire walk and ministry Told with real clarity and conviction, the exposition is driven along by an accompanying modern day parable.I have only one criticism that same parable feels unfinished and having established a firm foundation the author descends into a long shopping list of do s and don ts that fairly presume the justifications for his recommendations have already been laid out In fairness, the approach is fundamentally practical Nonetheless, it would have benefitted by accompanying in situ explanations of greater depth particularly considering the oft challenging conclusions In this regard it ends up feeling rushed, and loses some of its impact.That said, a must read

  5. says:

    If I could somehow get every member of my church to read one book, this would be the one Wilson reframes the church growth conversation around the gospel and encourages pastors to prayerfully labor for healthy growth that can only come from God s work in the gospel It is written with humility and a pastoral heart The major strength of this book is that it is not merely theoretical Often books will give you a gospel vision for ministry and never tell you how to move forward Wilson offers his If I could somehow get every member of my church to read one book, this would be the one Wilson reframes the church growth conversation around the gospel and encourages pastors to prayerfully labor for healthy growth that can only come from God s work in the gospel It is written with humility and a pastoral heart The major strength of this book is that it is not merely theoretical Often books will give you a gospel vision for ministry and never tell you how to move forward Wilson offers his vision of a gospel driven church and then offers an abundance of helpful counsel for how to lead with humility and navigate change I highly recommend this book to anyone in ministry

  6. says:

    This book is for church leaders members who have been thinking, What is this new gospel centred thing I have been hearing about and for those who have been struggling with how to measure if your ministry or church is practicing a Christ centred understanding of grace This has been an excellent summation of a gospel driven ecclesiology with clear appeal to re evaluate what we church leaders and members measure as successful Thankful for the assumptions Jared confronts He doesn t leave us f This book is for church leaders members who have been thinking, What is this new gospel centred thing I have been hearing about and for those who have been struggling with how to measure if your ministry or church is practicing a Christ centred understanding of grace This has been an excellent summation of a gospel driven ecclesiology with clear appeal to re evaluate what we church leaders and members measure as successful Thankful for the assumptions Jared confronts He doesn t leave us feeling judged but gives us generous instruction to point our churches toward what matters to Christ

  7. says:

    I wish I had this book from Wilson eight years ago when I transitioned a ministry in the way he describes in this book Each chapter provides helpful insight and reminders for those looking to make the gospel the center of their church and life Wilson uses a fictional large church s transition as a trail throughout but the tools and priorities highlighted are important for churches of all sizes and contexts His five metrics that matter most make the book vital for the church And beyond beco I wish I had this book from Wilson eight years ago when I transitioned a ministry in the way he describes in this book Each chapter provides helpful insight and reminders for those looking to make the gospel the center of their church and life Wilson uses a fictional large church s transition as a trail throughout but the tools and priorities highlighted are important for churches of all sizes and contexts His five metrics that matter most make the book vital for the church And beyond becoming a gospel driven church, this book is going to be helpful to those of us already leading gospel centered churches Read this for yourself, buy it for your team Be encouraged in the gospel

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    The title is a tip off of the type of language in this book gospel driven and metrics I m not fond of that way of looking at the subject of the local Christian congregation and at first I struggled with his talk about attractional churches But I m writing this review to tell people who might not read the book because of the same language prejudice, This is not that kind of book Don t be misled by the author s choice of a title title and the author s way of describing a popular type o The title is a tip off of the type of language in this book gospel driven and metrics I m not fond of that way of looking at the subject of the local Christian congregation and at first I struggled with his talk about attractional churches But I m writing this review to tell people who might not read the book because of the same language prejudice, This is not that kind of book Don t be misled by the author s choice of a title title and the author s way of describing a popular type of Christian church think Willow Creek Instead of the jargony book that breathes the spirit of the times, this is a well written argument for returning churches to places that worship Christ and focus on the proclamation of His Word.Now, how I finished that sentence may send you off in a different direction Either, oh, I already value that and don t need to read a book about it or snore, that s the same old, same old This book presented me with some new thoughts, and I m grateful for it One treasure I d never heard before Jonathan Edwards What are distinguishing scripture evidences of a work of the Spirit of God The title made me suspicious or at least cautious since Jesus compares the Spirit to the wind that we don t know it s coming or going So I was pleasantly surprised, that Edwards who admits you cannot measure these things offered this list 1 Esteem for Jesus 2 Repentance Wilson s summary of Edward s point 3 Growing respect and interest for the teachings of Scriptures4 Growing in love for God and for other peopleThese are healthy outcomes to look for Granted, we cannot judge by outward appearances, but consider what it feels like to look for these qualities, compared to judging a church by the size of its programs, its membership, or church attendance these are commonly tracked by metrics referred to in the title I was pleasantly surprised at how thought provoking this book is I listened to the audio book but this was a book I wish I d had a paperback copy of, in order to mark up, underline and ponder

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    This book is for those who feel like their church has a sincere heart but a misguided model Those who feel that Christians have gotten good at complicating the things that God intended to be simple and accessible Those who are scratching their heads at why worshiping God in traditional and thoughtful ways has become exclusively considered as a reformed brand while the rest of the Church has to cascade deeper into progressive ideals as though innovation and performance are an inescapable grav This book is for those who feel like their church has a sincere heart but a misguided model Those who feel that Christians have gotten good at complicating the things that God intended to be simple and accessible Those who are scratching their heads at why worshiping God in traditional and thoughtful ways has become exclusively considered as a reformed brand while the rest of the Church has to cascade deeper into progressive ideals as though innovation and performance are an inescapable gravity well that invariably supersedes the Gospel.I imagine that many readers of this book, like me, were led there because this call for Gospel centered church life is already on their hearts I often found this work to put some words to things I only partially know how to say, and Wilson is a voice of hopeful encouragement where many of his colleagues have campaigned in criticism for progressive church models, neither offering help nor expecting change The fact that he can use Andy Stanley or Willow Creek Church as examples without mobilizing a witch hunt is a good sign we re dealing with someone who actually believes the Gospel is a remedy for wayward ways of church, and not the bullet that s going to put it down He treats these with dignity and honors those endeavors where he perceives they have served Christ in the past, despite his disagreements with their ecclesiology.Pick this book up if you re hungry for Jesus to becomecentral in your church If you believe prayer can accomplish things that performance cannot It will offer a good outline for what it costs to make that happen, and what you can expect along the road to fulfilling that vision

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    If you want a gospel driven ministry, you must resign your will to the supremacy of the glory of Christ and trade your personal ambitions for the beauty of Christ s bride This sums up Wilson s message I cringe at how often my arrogance has been at odds with God s mission Notes Heaven counts disciples, not decisions 13 And almost entirely new congregation every 5 to 7 years 21 Chapter 1 The dilemma, what if it s not working 23 The attractional church 24 A way of doing church ministry If you want a gospel driven ministry, you must resign your will to the supremacy of the glory of Christ and trade your personal ambitions for the beauty of Christ s bride This sums up Wilson s message I cringe at how often my arrogance has been at odds with God s mission Notes Heaven counts disciples, not decisions 13 And almost entirely new congregation every 5 to 7 years 21 Chapter 1 The dilemma, what if it s not working 23 The attractional church 24 A way of doing church ministry whose primary purpose is to make Christianity appealing When attraction becomes the primary mission, you tend to use whatever works to attract them 25 Whatever you win people with is what you win them to 25 The attractional church is built upon two functional ideologies consumerism and pragmatism 25 essentially asking who is our customer What does our customer want Kay s thoughts on the above, it s poop Very often, what the customer wants is not what the customer needs 26 Pragmatism is what happens when you turn practicality into a formula The pragmatists mantra says, if it works, work it 26 Pragmatism is a sinful way of thinking, if only because it does not rely on the Holy Spirit 26 Judging a church s health purely on visible metrics is unreliable and unbiblical 26 What if the ways we try to attract people to Jesus actually frustrate their ability to treasure him Or even to see him 27 If consumerism is a subset of pragmatism, then pragmatism itself is a subset of a far larger problem legalism 27 Whether you are prohibiting or commanding, the law of God cannot change a single human heart to honor God 27 Pragmatic methodology is legalistic because legalism is what happens when you disconnect the Christian s do from Christ s done in the gospel 28 Thirdly, the consumerism of the attractional church wins people not to the church but to consumerism 33 chapter 2 The metrics that don t tell us everything, not everything that counts can be counted 38 A ministry s faithfulness to the mission of God is itself success, regardless of the results 43 The question Edwards asked is the same one we are asking, or ought to be asking, right now what are the signs that a genuine move of God is taking place 43 Marks of neutrality 1 A steady accumulation of decisions or responses during Sunday invitations 44 2 Don t put your faith in large attendance numbers 45 Jesus repelled just as many as he attracted 47 3 don t equate success or fruitful ministry with people having emotional experiences 47 Chapter 3, the five metrics that matter most, going deeper than bodies and budgets 53 Theimportant a metric is thedifficult it is to quantify 54 The metrics of grace1 A growing esteem for Jesus ChristHow do you know if a church is focused on the glory of Jesus Christ above all Let me make a few suggestions.Start with the most visible ways you communicate In the sermon and song service, is Jesus the focal point In the sermons you preach, is Jesus a bit player, an add on for the invitation time, or a quotable hero Or does your preaching in worship promote his finished work as the only hope of mankind Do the messages focus on the law, on giving peoplethings to do to get right with God, what do they do likeintently in the Gospel Are our sermons giving people five things to do, or are we reminding them that the essential message of Christianity is something God has done Musically, is the church focused on creating an experience for people or on adoring the creator Do our songs tell the story of the gospel Are we, the people, the stars of the show, or is Jesus Does the church speak in vague generalities about hope, peace, and love without connecting them to Jesus as the embodiment of these virtues Do the people of the church prioritize Jesus over simply doing good or knowing the right doctrine Did the pastors exhibit high esteem of Jesus If a church is not explicitly and persistently making Jesus the focus, it is not fruitful 57 2 A discernible spirit of repentance 57 Christ is not the satisfier of our desires before he is the satisfier of God s wrathIs the church preaching the dangers and horrors of soon And then, Janet preaching of the gospel, is the message of grace and Jesus Christ clear Are people responding to the spirits conviction and comfort with repentance Do people own and confess there soon Is there an error of humility about the place or an air of swagger Or the pastors bullies Are the people narcissists Is appropriate church discipline practiced, gentle but direct Is there a spirit of gossip or transparency Is the worship service built around production value your honest intimacy with the Lord Are the people good repent of us 3 a dogged devotion to the word of God 59 4 An interest in theology and doctrine 62 The true people of God love to know the things of God Transformation begins with the renewing of our minds 64 5 An evident love for God and neighbor The church is not called to be successful by attaining certain number or meeting a preset standard of growth, but we are called to be faithful And that faithfulness will lead to fruitful growth There may be seasons when your fruit leads to numeric growth But the fruit of faithfulness according to the Bible, is deeper discipleship, maturing in Christ, and aloving reach outward in service to our neighbors 67 Measurement questions1 are those being baptized continuing to walk in the faith years down the line 2 Do we have a clear way of discipling people Why or why not 3 how many of the attendees of the worship gathering participate in comunity groups If the percentage is small, what are some reasons for this 4 Can our members articulate the gospel how would we go about finding this out 5 if we asked ten people in our community who do not attend our church to describe what they think of it, what would they say if the church shut down tomorrow, would our community care Chapter 4, Putting the Gospel in the Driver s Seat, repurposing your church around spiritual power 72 Prayer is expressed helplessness 77 when we re not engaged in prayer, it s because we feel like we got this 77 The number one catalyst for spiritual growth was Bible study 79 The gospel refers to the good news that God send his Son Jesus to live a sinless life, die a substitutionary death, and rise from the dead so that sinners who repent and trust in Jesus will be forgiven and have eternal life 81 We do not do or be the gospel We respond to it 82 The gospel isn t Christianity 101 It s the whole degree program 82 May we never encounter the wonder, the majesty, the love, and the power of Jesus and yawn in response 86 Chapter 5 Steering from the Stage, Changing the message changes the movement 91 What believers need from their churches, above everything else and in every element experienced, is nourishment from the Word of God 95 The issue isn t topical vs expositional preaching, it s a conviction, a reliance, and a substantive message that connects the biblical text being preached to the metanarratives of God s kingdom, God s glory, and God s saving work through Christ Gospel driven preaching is a preaching that proclaims and exults in the revealing of God s glory in Christ 97 Every text has a road to Christ 100 Chapter 6 Building Your Service around Beholding Designing the gathering for real transformation 106 When the mood is the point, the message becomes expendable 109 To enjoy worship for its own sake, or simply out of a cultural appreciation of the performance Would be like Moses coming upon a burning bush and deciding to cook his lunch on it 109 NT Wrightgospel invitations are offered after a legal message 115 The four irreducible elements of gospel driven warship 1 preaching 2 praying 3 Singing 4 EatingBecause prayer is an expression of dependence on God The less we pray, thewe think we re doing fine without him it s not enough to do the right things we must do the right things in the Lords power 118 We don t becomelike Christ by focusing on dos and don ts, but by focusing on the done of Christ work 122 Chapter 7 Pressing the Gospel Reset on Church Community, fostering a discipleship culture in your church 124 Gospel centrality nurtures a culture of grace 126 The church can become anything God wants it to, but it always starts with the gospel 129 growth in Christ, not growth in church 129 For key changes you can make to your church to nurture a gospel focus and develop a gospel culture 136 1 reevaluate polity2 rethink membership3 re order small groups4 recruit and replicate disciple makersChair 8 Moving Toward Mission, turning the corner from Come and see to go and tell 144 Confronting idols Anticipating objections from the pulpit 155 evangelistic techniques can be helpful, but scripted presentations are becoming less and less affective in most contexts 158 Chapter 9 the three things you will need, your model is only as strong as your mentality 164 Courage, commitment Chapter 10 Leading Change on a Gracious Way hour to do all this without hitting up your church 183 Deep down most people just want to be understood Heard and understood 185 If you want a gospel driven ministry, you must resign your will to the supremacy of the glory of Christ in trade your personal ambitions for the beauty of Christ s bride 185 we are all whether planters, waterers, or harvesters servants 187 Ten keys to shepherding the transition1 take it personally, but don t make it personal 192 don t tune your ups and downs to how people react, to what ground is Lost or made up, to hire services are performing, etc 193 2 Practice the spiritual fruit of patience people prefer to be led and not pushed3 move slowly and strategically4 show meekness and give mercy 194 5 employ plurality and embrace parity 196 6 Overcommunicate 7 Show your cards 198 8 operate consistently 199 9 Cheerlead and celebrate wins10 Keep preaching the gospel

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