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Riding the Wave?
June 28, 2004
A few months ago I commented on the articles written about The Passion of the Christ by Brian McLaren and Rick Warren. McLaren took issue with Warren’s assertion that this movie represented the best opportunity for evangelism in the past 2000 years. Warren wrote a respose which
boasted about commented about the enormous efforts his church made to ensure everybody and their brother got to see this movie and the amazing results they supposedly achieved.
Just this morning I came across a great article written by another blogger which comments on Warren’s article. This blogger shows that while Warren would have us believe that good leadership operates under this kind of formula:
[Discernment] X [Preparation] X [Cooperation] = [More People in Your Church]
in reality Warren uses this kind of formula:
[Opportunity] X [Obligation] X [Organization] = [More People in Your Church]
In other words, when a great opportunity is perceived by the contemporary Christian “giants” they make pastors of smaller churches feel an obligation to do what they are doing. If these churches just organize themselves accordingly, they will be able to cash in and grow their churches exponentially.
It is just a short little article but it is well worth reading.
And that’s it. It’s Monday and already I’ve burned up my allotment of the word “Warren” for this week!