If church history proves anything, it's that the next church system or model will not fix the problems, the sin, and the hurt in our churches. Only Jesus, his love, and his power can do that…
Pastors, we must stop chasing models and start chasing Jesus again! The health of God's church depends on it. (Shawn Lovejoy)
These words, particularly the last two sentences, have stuck with me since I first read them years ago:
Do a start up church. Be a tentmaker. Build communities. Small groups. Neighborhood churches. Be willing to let your life die for Jesus as you break with the market driven, culture shaped, numbers oriented, Wall-Mart-something-for-everyone church. Be an Abraham and take a risk. God will show up and lead the way. (Robert Webber)
William Carey is called the "father of modern missions." Despite only an elementary school education, he could read the Bible in six languages by the time he was a teen. He became Professor of Oriental Languages at Fort William College in Calcutta, and his press provided Scriptures in over 40 languages and dialects for over 300 million people.
Carey once explained how he got so much done to his nephew:
Eustace, if after my removal any one should think it worth his while to write my Life, I will give you a criterion by which you may judge of its correctness. If he give me credit for being a plodder he will describe me justly. Anything beyond this will be too much. I can plod. I can persevere in any definite pursuit. To this I owe everything.
C.H. Spurgeon reminds us how to see the Church:
We ought to regard the Christian Church, not as a luxurious hostelry where Christian gentlemen may each one dwell at ease in his own inn, but as a barracks in which soldiers are gathered together to be drilled and trained for war. We should regard the Christian Church, not as an association for admiration and comfort, but as an army with banners, marching to the fray, to achieve victories for Christ, to storm the strongholds of the foe, and to add province after province to the Redeemer's kingdom. (The Soul Winner)
Argentinean leader Ed Silvoso said:
The Church in the West today presents too easy a target for Satan. We do not believe we are at war. We do not know where the battleground is located, and, in spite of our weapons, they are neither loaded nor aimed at the right target. We are unaware of how vulnerable we are. We are better fitted for a parade that for an amphibious landing.