This year 3500 churches will close, this month 1500 pastors will leave the ministry, and today approximately 7575 people will move on from church. Of those who move on, some never affiliate with a religion again, saying they just “gradually drifted away from the religion.” *
Although we have the largest churches in history, we also have the shallowest. This puts the Great Commission into vital perspective. We can have all the lights blazing, a flurry of activity and program after program, but when we focus on the work we are to do rather than the way we are to walk, we will reproduce the wrong kind of disciple.
The Church is losing ground and at the most critical time in global history!
* According to Jonathan Dodson, in his article entitled There’s a Discipleship Crisis in the Church Today (U.S).
The resulting impact
Sadly, in many places, the Church is “a mile wide but an inch deep.”
The Church has shifted from making disciples to merely making converts.
There are many Christians but few disciples. Many church members don’t grow towards spiritual maturity. Chronic spiritual infancy has become the norm. Superficiality, immaturity and carnality characterise many Christians.
Many so-called “Christians” are no different from the world in their core values and moral choices. By and large, especially in terms of biblical discipleship and spiritual depth, the Church is losing massive ground.
There is a need for change.
The breaking of Bill Hull
“This was the first time in thirty years of ministry that I had admitted that something I was leading wasn’t working. It appeared to be working, but it wasn’t. Something was wrong. It had been tormenting me for several years. All the formulas, strategic planning, mission statements and visionary sermons were not making disciples. We were stuck in the same rut that so many find themselves in – religious activity without transformation. Could it be, that like me, you left something important out?”