Here are some interesting reasons why we felt compelled to write a framework to address some of these trends and to remove the obstacles so the church can grow well organically.
Some key reasons taken from the source quoted below include:
- Denominational fragmentation, church splits, disunity and not working together
- Reduction in emphasis on Evangelism and Discipleship
- Underdeveloped Learning and Development Techniques in Churches.
- Split between Teacher Role and Leader Function not clear. A lot of key function roles such as communication not covered as emphasis on ministry role.
- Not empowering or trusting others in their own Church or resources outside the church
- Failure to train Christians well in how to serve God in their daily occupations
- Confusing Teaching for Learning and not focusing on transformation outcomes but statistics on attendance.
- Certain Biblical Truths not being taught over the centuries
- Exchanging accountability for people pleasing with a reduction in critical analysis
- Allowing Greek philosophy to divide the sacred from the secular rather than our Hebraic roots of God being over all, through all and in all (e.g.: book of Leviticus and Eph 4:6)
- Biblical literacy decline in both the Christian and wider community
- Breakdown of moral fortitude through media influence and pornography
- Cultural pressures overriding the knowledge of Jesus as the Lord of the marketplace
- Dysfunction and disorder in our own homes
- Failure to teach the next generation our Judeo/Christian heritage (Psalm 78:3-8)
- Lack of God space in the busyness of people’s everyday lives
- Lack of training Christians how to serve God in their daily occupations
- Silo mentalities that cause pastoral disinterest outside the walls of local churches.
- Liberalism through the media infiltrating attitudes in the church
- Misunderstanding about Evangelism and Discipleship in the marketplace
- Scandals and abuses that have undermined trust in the church in the wider community.
- Lack of allowing the prophetic gifting to develop and training in the prophetic
Source Peter Kentley GME Strategic Plan River of Life