John Alan Turner

Writer, Theologian, Consultant, Speaker, Teacher

Not So Great At The Great Commission

North Point Community Church exists to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. The mission of Willow Creek Community Church is to turn irreligious people into fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

Saddleback Church's purpose is to bring people to Jesus and membership in his family, develop them to Christlike maturity, and equip them for their ministry in the church and life mission in the world, in order to magnify God's name. (Whew! That's a mouthful!)

Different wording, different strategies, different locations...same objective.

Regardless of the words we use, Christian churches have the same goal: carrying out the Great Commission.

This week I'm going to be pursuing a couple of different threads here on the blog. This one has to do with the best way for a church to accomplish its goal of connecting people to God through a healthy relationship with Jesus and helping them live out a Christ-honoring lifestyle.

Let's just start with a really generic question and see what kind of responses I can generate.

We all know churches are supposed to be carrying out the Great Commission (are there folks out there in Christendom who would deny that?), but very few churches actually get anywhere remotely close. Why aren't we better at it than we are?