Pastor and author Roy Moran has written a book suggesting a new approach to doing church. Spent Matches: Igniting the Signal Fire for the Spiritually Dissatisfied challenges the traditional approach of inviting people to church. Rather than plant churches, the author wants to start a movement of multiplicative disciple making.
During the first half of the book, the author outlines the problem facing churches today. Statistics show that church attendance is declining and people are becoming religiously unaffiliated. Churches focus on inward activities rather than outward ones. Instead of making disciples who make disciples, churches settle for dispensing information.
In the second half of the book, the author suggests a solution he uses in his current church. By studying disciple making movements around the world, he created a strategy that would allow the church to grow without being restricted by facilities or economics. Their key principles include:
- Working with people who are not in a family relationship with God
- Disciple people to conversion by getting them reading the Bible rather than trying to evangelize them
- Focus on obedience with accountable structure rather than knowledge
- Trust everyone to be a disciple-maker
The author explains that his philosophy is based on six biblical principles:
- God-ordained (Matthew 28:19-20)
- Spirit-dependent (Matthew 9:36-38)
- Bible-centered (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
- Obedience-focused (John 14:15)
- Discovery-based (John 6:44-45)
- Disciple-driven (2 Corinthians 5:16-21)
While the author’s ideas are thought provoking, I have a hard time picturing how to implement them in an existing church. Starting a church from scratch would allow an easier time. Introducing them to an existing congregation would be a hard sell.
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