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“Showtime!” No More – by Walt Kallestad – part 5 of 7


No more church as usual

That’s when I came back to Joy and felt sick to my stomach. The contrast between Joy and the transformational churches we visited on sabbatical was stark. We were entertaining people as a substitute for leading them into the presence of God. I fell on my face before God and prayed, “God, I am so sorry for what I’ve done.”

We didn’t need to tweak our methodology, we needed a modelectomy. If we were going to transform our people from consumers to empowered disciples, we needed radical changes.

At the next elder board meeting, I said, “I’m a different person. I want you to know that if I’m going to lead this church, we’re going to do things differently. What I want to know is if you still want me to be your pastor. If you don’t, I’ll leave, because I can’t continue to head in the direction we’re heading.”

After taking them through my sabbatical journey, I waited for their response.

“Pastor,” one elder said, “I’ve known something wasn’t quite right for some time. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but you’re right, we need to head in another direction.” Another elder spoke up: “I agree that our people are not biblically literate, and that needs to change. We need to do something about it.”

One by one, each of the seven elders affirmed that we needed to move from the attractional model to a discipleship model.

The vote was unanimous, and we began in a new direction.


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