Skill Builders

Home > Skill Builders

Turning an Audience into the Church

Transforming consumers into the committed

See theme

The dynamics of the modern congregation can be discouraging. Sunday has become just another day to consume. Those who do attend worship nearly demand to be entertained. But they are still a Christian congregation, and we do well to treat them as such. How do we preach to such a crowd week after week? How can we move them from being individualistic consumers to a community of saints responding to God's Word?

Is church life a leisure activity?

A number of factors inhibit our Sunday morning crowds from being a congregation, and the first is that our people have adopted many of the values of our consumer and leisure society.

We see this in people's lifestyles. One pastor in Colorado complained because of his congregation's weekend trips. His church is located in a suburb of Denver, and many in his congregation own condos in Breckenridge or Vail. Certain periods of the year—ski season, for example, which can run from early November to the middle of April—many otherwise steadfast members ...

skill builder Preview

This skill builder is available to members only.

To continue reading:

Rating & Reviews

Average User Rating: Not rated

No comments

Please to rate and review this skill builder. Or subscribe now for full access.

Related articles

Preaching Morality in an Amoral Age

How can you blow the whistle when people don't believe there are rules?

Opening the Closed American Mind

Preaching to skeptics
Tim Keller

Preaching Hell in a Tolerant Age

Brimstone for the broad-minded

More articles

Print this pageShopping CartHelpMy Account