Chan has an interesting idea. Instead of paying for a building and holding a church service every Sunday, Chan wants to fulfill Jesus’ command.
“Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.”
Chan argues that to obey that command we each have to make it something we each do, not just what the preacher does.
Instead of being about the pastor, Chan wants church to be about love shared by the members of the body of Jesus Christ. So he has come up with a church system which emphasizes small groups. That’s not a bad idea. Not even new. In fact, we know small groups work.
Is Chan creating what will become the best system for spreading the Gospel? Probably not, but his ideas are worth considering. I also think it is worth asking some questions. Am I obeying Jesus’ command? What can I help my church to do better?
Until church starts to feel like family, we are not doing it right. I know I am not there.
Great story from Francis Chan on creating a mega-church and what led him to leave.
- Many times Jesus challenges us to leave it all behind. God bless those who listen and obey.
- Is it all really about the numbers and money? I think we know what Jesus thinks. It is really only about love.
- What is “the church” really all about? What difference does it make in our communities? God has a plan for the church. It isn’t about the numbers. The church is about love. Here is what Jesus says! “Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.”