Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go,
sell your possessions and give to the poor,
and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me”
(Matt. 19:21, NIV.)
It’s true that Jesus used attractional methods to draw a crowd. And, from the crowd that followed Jesus, some became believers. But Jesus matured those believers through a distinct process of discipleship and missions. That process was never limited to sitting in the crowd as a spectator. Instead, God says, “Follow me,” and “Go.” Simply put, our call from God is to go make disciples who make disciples. Even though some will be won to Christ by coming to church, God’s main strategy is for us to go to them. Check out this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arxfLK_sd68
Attractive missional worship focuses on growing worshiping disciples on mission. In contrast, attractional worship might be summarized as attracting people to church to serve Christ inside the church to attract more people into the church.
Again, God’s primary strategy to win the world is to get his church into the world, not the world into churches.
Have you heard of the mental illness of hoarding? People with this illness obtain massive amounts of possessions, jamming them into every space of their home until they have little room to live. When hoarded, possessions, which once had value and meaning, become rotten and useless. Are we spending our lives hoarding our gifts in the church while we ignore the call to pour out those gifts in our community on mission?
When the church trades mission for maintenance, members give up outside relationships and activities to spend their time and talents in church. When this happens new Christians lose the context among their non-believing friends where they can be on mission. And long-time members are kept so busy inside the church that no time remains to be on mission. Church budgets and expenditures also reveal if maintenance has overcome mission. God is calling us to shake the salt from the shaker and place the light of the gospel on the hilltop. Check out this follow-up YouTube video to the one linked above: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJP35eEKGls
A friend of mine was serving as worship leader when his pastor resigned to go serve a mission church in Haiti. The worship leader remained with the church and resolved to lead his church to be more missional. When the church expanded his job description to include managing the church budget, he pronounced that the mission budget would no longer cover expenses for events presented on campus. Attractional events presented on campus would now be funded through program budgets. The mission budget was reserved for true mission projects presented in the community. Bravo! — Mark Powers