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What is an Every Nation Church (Part II Christ-centered)

March 13, 2008

This is the long-ago promised continuation of this blog about what an Every Nation church is supposed to look like.  (I’ve been traveling way too much lately – so my blogging has been less than consistent.)

Here’s my best description of why Every Nation Churches and Ministries exists:

To honor God and establish
Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, Socially Responsible
Churches and Campus ministries
In Every Nation

What is a Christ-centered church and campus ministry?

It seems absurd to have to say that we are trying to build Christ-centered churches and campus ministries. Of course a church should be Christ-centered. However, it is unfortunately common for churches and ministries to be centered on almost everything but Christ.

I have seen churches that are preacher-centered, personality-centered, doctrine-centered, worship style-centered, spiritual gift-centered, prophet-centered, profit-centered, vision-centered, building-centered, political agenda-centered…

Many mega-churches in my city (Manila) are known, not by the church name, but by the name of their bigger-than-life mega-leader – Brother Bill’s church, Pastor Peter’s church, Dr Dan’s church.

Here’s what Paul said about this idea of being Christ-centered:

He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy.     (Col 1:17,18)       
 
Ultimately we exist to honor God and point people to Christ, not for any man, doctrine or experience to take center stage.

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