In my last post I began discussing The Present Future by Reggie McNeal. McNeal suggests that we are frequently asking the wrong questions to the situations we’re facing. He first discusses those questions and then proposes his own “Tough Question.” His first tough question: “How do we deconvert from Churchianity to Christianity?”

He asserts, “In North America the invitation to become a Christian has become largely an invitation to convert to the church.”

“The North American church is suffering from severe mission amnesia. It has forgotten why it exists. The church was created to be the people of God to join him in his redemptive mission in the world. The church was never intended to exist for itself. It was and is the chosen instrument of God to expand his kingdom.”

Has the church lost its sense of mission? If so, how can we recover the mission? Are we converting people to the church or to Christ?

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