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Q&A Webinar with Ed Stetzer on Christians in the Age of Outrage

November 14, 2018

Our Q&A Webinars are a monthly segment designed for Plus Members to hear from leading experts in church planting, multisite, leadership, and multiplication. For this month’s segment, I talk with Ed Stetzer about his new book Christians in the Age of Outrage.

Us vs. Them

In this book, Stetzer discusses the power of teams and the innate desire we all have to belong to a team that gives us purpose. But Stetzer also explains how there is an inherent danger in teams. A team gets affirmation from each other, but they don’t call out things that people shouldn’t do because they are “on the team.” This path leads to the inability to have empathy for others. It is important for church teams to have an outward focus. Team members should be doing life with people outside of the team. An easy way to start this process is to make sure that team members are in different Bible study groups instead of all being together in one.

Tough Topics

Stetzer also discusses how many Christians now have a dissenting opinion to culture’s view on same-sex marriage. As dissenters, we have to engage the community that has a different view than us. We cannot wait for the controversy to pass. Pastors should be prepared to answer questions people have and discipleship has to include a biblical knowledge and a clear sense of what the Bible teaches about sexuality and more.

Engagement

Americans have never regularly attended church as a majority. Those who are regularly attending increasingly look less like the culture. Formerly, churches were reaching people with a religious memory who were lapsed in church attendance. Now, churches are reaching people across a greater cultural divide that have never attended church.

 

Once churches reach a person, they have about six months to get that person to connect with the church and the gospel. The best way to help a person become more engaged is to simply share the gospel with them. Don’t assume that they truly understand the message of the gospel. We have to move people who have been hurt by the church to understand that the solution to that hurt isthe church.

Digital Strategy

We should be online. But we also need to recognize that there are people of different views listening to your online presence. Be careful not to mock or dismiss people who have different views. It is okay to engage in social media but not engage in every single hot button issue. Our social media presence is an extension of who we are and our ministry. Don’t burn bridges; build them. And as important as our online presence is, consider that we also can offer a better way of discipling people in community. Not as an avatar on a device, but with feet and faces. Jesus calls us to be in each other’s lives. We need to do this in person primarily, not online.

Tweetables:

  • Force yourselves to engage the other, not just be part of the similar. – @edstetzer
  • Discipleship has to include a biblical knowledge and a clear sense of what the Bible teaches about sexuality and more. – @edstetzer
  • Americans have never regularly attended church as a majority. – @edstetzer
  • Move people out of low level commitment intentionally. – @edstetzer
  • People are being discipled by their cable news choices. They are being spiritually shaped by their social media feed. – @edstetzer
  • Recognize that people of different views are listening to you. – @edstetzer

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