Something is not working. Despite the church's place of prominence in American culture and the ubiquity of the church in every American town, misconceptions about the faith of Jesus Christ run rampant today. Christians are known more for exclusivity than for love, more for potlucks than for solving world hunger.
It's time for churches to get over the cruise-ship mentality of being a program provider, and reconnect with the true message and mission of Jesus: to bring good news to the poor, release to the captives, and freedom to the oppressed.
Pastor Mike Slaughter challenges church leaders to look at the future of their congregations and make tough but necessary choices.
- Will you send the church out into the world?
- Will you focus on building disciples or tallying decisions?
- Will you multiply your impact or expand your facilities?
- Will you step out in courage or comply with the status quo?
The answers to these and other questions determine how your church will focus its time, its energy, and its budget to work for real change in a hurting world.
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Embodying a vision larger than merely growing big churches, Slaughter pushes a kingdom vision.
As a pastor, Slaughter has long been something of a prophet. He has long shown a holy restlessness with just “doing church”—because his focus is Jesus, not institutional Christianity. “The true greatness of any local church is measured by how many people are serving the marginalized,” he insists. That test could indeed change the world.
––Howard A. Snyder, Professor of Wesley Studies, Tyndale Seminary, Toronto
With the rich tactical experience of a long-time practitioner and the keen eye of a missional strategist, Mike writes a hard hitting, accessible book that nails the key issues facing the Western Church at the dawn of the 21st Century. Well worth the read.
- Alan Hirsch, Author of The Forgotten Ways and Untamed, and Founder of Forge Mission Training Network
Once again, Mike demonstrates innovative leadership as he challenges the Church to rethink her measures of success. In his new book, Change the World, Mike challenges the business as usual church growth models and calls the Body to be the hands and feet of Christ in our homes, communities, and world.
Founder, Leadership NetworkAuthor, Halftime and Finishing Well
I met Mike Slaughter when he was known as a "church growth guy," and I learned a lot from him then. Now I know Mike as a "Jesus' mission guy" and I am learning even more and am inspired even more - not only through his words but also through his enthusiasm, example, and sustained action in some of the neediest places on earth. Thank God for Mike Slaughter, for the beautiful congregation of which he is part, and for this important new book!
Brian D. McLaren, author/activist (brianmclaren.net)
In Change the World, Mike Slaughter urges the church to take a bold stand against not only the injustice of global poverty but the spiritual poverty that leads so many in the church today to ignore those Jesus commanded us to serve.
--Tony P. Hall, Ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization
This is a courageous book by a humble man. When someone like Mike sounds the warning that things aren't working we need to pay attention. He has laid aside those old attractional church-growth principles and is leading the way in teaching us how large, suburban, middle-class churches can embrace incarnational service and missional living.
Michael Frost, Author of ReJesus, Exiles and The Shaping of Things to Come