Missional Mondays: Target the Fringes
At the Friday pre-conference conversation at The Point Church, we were discussing the role of our churches and change in the Church of God. I cannot remember who brought up the idea of influencing those most open to change. But, the comments were so appropriate.
Presently, we are closing more churches than we are opening. There is no denominational strategy for church planting to speak of. The sums of money spent maintaining denominational bureaucracy has never been greater. Several states are experiencing major league insurance emergencies resulting in closed churches. Due to the nature of our centralized governance, we are selling off those properties without any plan to reinvest those monies into establishing new churches.
So, what do we do? First, we need to understand the heart of what was said at the pre-conference meeting. Those words are the expression of Roger Everett’s idea diffusion curve. Godin gets it and articulates it better than the rest. Stielstra says to burn it. I try to sum it up leveraging the words of Burke. The bottom line is that we have to embrace it and target the fringes, the early adopters, and live in it if we are going to see our church set up for future Kingdom growth in the USA.
Source: Missional Church