I'm reviewing the book 27 Tough Questions Pastors Ask by Dick Hardy. For those of you that are in church work or considering work, you should buy this book. It is filled with practical insights from a pastoral perspective. Here are some of my favorite quotes from chapter 9.
It makes no difference what anyone's preference is inside the church.
The church service is for the proclamation of the gospel.
...all aspects of the church service should focus on that which draws non-believers. (66).
The philosophy of the church must shift in word and action to a focus on non-believers.
What kind of a culture do we need to create for all people to be Kingdom-minded in their entire approach to ministry?
...you are finite in your ability to culturally reach and draw all people with any measure of success (67).
It is the fact that few people turn their lives over to Christ after age 50 and almost no one after ages 60 and 70.
I recommend for the future you begin now to change the way the retired folks of 2020 and 2030 and beyond will view the church and the Kingdom. Work now to get ahead of the curve then.
If you are going to grow and reach the most people who will make decisions to follow Christ, you must reach those under age 40. (68)
It is about the musical preferences of those vastly more likely to give their hearts to Jesus, the younger crowd.
Your job is to create a culture where older people and younger people want to see the largest number of people give their lives to Christ.
We give up on no one, but we reach to the largest of the masses. (70)