Brother Maynard, a servant to the people formerly known as the congregation. To the inherited church at large, but most particularly as expressed in the Western World. Gratia vobis et pax.
Please. Stop chasing the “baby boom” generation with your inherited attractional megachurch ministry models of consumer-driven church. This generation rejected your forms of church in the 1960s as meaningless and outmoded. Get over it.
Please. Stop chasing the “Baby Busters” or “Generation-Y” or the Millennials (or whatever you’re calling them this week) with your modern-minded inherited attractional megachurch ministry models of consumer-driven church. Their postmodern worldview does not jive with yours — and besides, their parents’ example taught them to reject your forms of church as lifeless hypocrisy. Get over it.
Please. Stop fighting the battles you’ve already lost… the only thing left on the battlefield is to bury the dead. Everyone else went home: follow them, and let the dead bury their own dead. If you still genuinely want to help bury the dead, you can start by apologizing to everyone you meet for having killed them in the first place.
Please. If you truly want to reach people of any generation born since 1950, dump the forms of church they’ve rejected and fit your essence into an entirely new one, something less packaged.
Please. Stop packaging the gospel. To package something is to force it into a box and seal it up tight. You love to talk about thinking “outside the box” but if you want to be there, why put the gospel inside the box? Just stop it.
Please. Stop spending money in God’s name, and give something that actually costs to others: your time. Dale Carnegie said, “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get people interested in you.” Take his advice, for the sake of the world which God loves.
Please. “Live your faith. Share your life.”