WHATCHU TALKIN BOUT WILLIS?

I grew up when Diff'rent Strokes was a popular television show. That's no big deal unless your last name is Willis. To this day I still hear those famous words popularized by Arnold: "Whatchu talkin bout Willis?" Usually they are uttered by someone looking at me as though I may have never heard it before. Yeah, right! Well this blog is what I (Willis) am talkin bout...my thoughts, observations & opinions. Enjoy...



Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Clubhouse

Reggie McNeal: "I’m talking about the church world in North America. A world that has largely forsaken its missional covenant with God to be a part of kingdom expansion. It has, instead, substituted its own charter of church as a clubhouse where religious people hang out with other people who think, dress, behave, vote, and believe like them."

This is a great quote is from one of my favorite books - The Present Future by Reggie McNeal. I can't add much to it, but to say McNeal is spot on. This book has been around for about 5 years but it's still extremely relevant.

4 comments:

William Mckinley Dyer said...

I was just thinking this last night. We are a bunch of activity driven churches, you see this when a church gets to 250-300 people the next expansion is not to start another church but build a Gym so more activities can happen. We have put a 21st Century spin on the Mid-Evil Church buildings. Very extravagant and large buildings with no Bible teaching.

David H. Willis said...

Great point. I hadn't though of it in those terms, but you're absolutely right.

aaronsaufley said...

Kingdom expansion isn't on the radar of most churches (unless they simply throw money at it). Empire building, maybe (which, to me, is what WMD described in his comment--great point).

In my experience, if a church isn't focused on kingdom expansion through church planting--and specifically church multiplication--it's really tough to "right the ship" down the road, because people tend to be so selfish.

David H. Willis said...

You have a lot of ego kingdoms with guys building high dollar edifices as their "legacies" too.