I want to say from the onset of this post that I would like to hear from you about what a church should value. Now to the post😀.
People have varying opinions about Rick Warren. I’m not here to discuss if you like him, but I do believe that the principles he shared helped churches focus on their purpose. Those 5 purposes were worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and evangelism. These are clearly laid out in the book of Acts.
When I was pastoring the church plant, my greater areas of giftedness and passion were worship, fellowship, and discipleship. It was not that I did not care about ministry and evangelism, but those are not my stronger areas. I had people within the church plant that were stronger in those areas. I expressed to them that I wanted them to take the ball and run with it because I lacked in those areas.
My question is, “What should a church value?” I believe it should be all five. I know that some within the church plant would have been thrilled if we would have eliminated the worship and preaching and just focused on outreach. I propose that no one is going to be red hot about people coming to Christ if they do not love Jesus and desire to worship Him in some kind of passionate way. They are not fulfilling the great commission if they are not discipling them. People can agree or disagree with me on this, but everything flows from worship. When Jesus was asked what was the greatest commandment, why did He say it is two-fold? Love God and love people…in that priority.
I would love to hear your thoughts. Better yet, I would like to hear some biblical thoughts. The discussion is open.