From Jared Wilson:
To the cultural Christian, there is nothing attractive about a small
church that expects relational community, practices regular
neighborhood service, highlights the cost of discipleship in every
message, has a minimalist menu of programs to partake from, and gives
most of its money away (precluding a "nice" facility and assorted bells
and whistles). But I want to reach them. All Christians are family. I
love the big-C Church dearly.
There are some who would say the missional communities should just write off their attractional brothers and sisters and focus on reaching the lost. I defy false dichotomies. And while I never poach (I've never invited members of other churches to mine before they themselves have first expressed interest in visiting), I pray and preach AND BLOG and try to live a life of witness so that my churched brothers and sisters will begin to crave the gospel and gospel-centrism in their congregations.
The more churched converts gospel-centrism receives -- we're talking about revival here, by the way -- the greater impact for the kingdom among the lost and "least of these" there will be, in the Bible Belt and beyond.
Read the rest here.