Dangerous church? I wonder how many of us have worked hard in our churches to be the opposite, to be safe. I would venture to say that most of us have become experts in creating safety. We know how to create a safe environment, safe programs, safe messages, and safety procedures. We have perfected the art of the safe church. We have made sure people will be welcomed, served, and not offended in our services. So why should we now be dangerous?
To be a dangerous church is to be about what Jesus was about. It is to be singularly, radically, and dangerously focused on making disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We can take our cue from Paul’s words in Acts 20:24: “But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus–the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” Sadly, statistics tell us that most churches are either confused about what it means to reach people for Christ or too comfortable to reach people for Christ, thus not changing the way they attempt to reach the world. Churches have become too safe.
Rick Warren, in the Foreword to Dangerous Church: Risking Everything to Reach Everyone, by John Bishop