Friday, December 2, 2011

Why Missionaries Fail Part 12

A pastor with a successful, fast-growing church was telling my college how he got his first church.

The church had a policy of interviewing several candidates and then choosing one. The fellow preached at the church, and as soon as he got done, the head deacon asked him to wait outside. Ten minutes later, they called the fellow back in and told him that the church had voted unanimously to call him as their pastor.

The new pastor thought that they must have rally been impressed by his sermon, but he found out the truth. The deacon had told the congregation that this selection process was taking to long, they needed a piano player, this guy's wife could play the piano, and so they should hire him. And they did.

Which just goes to show...

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Why Missionaries Fail Part 11

Folks, the next several blogs are going to be so bizarre, so contrary to what most Christians believe, that I need to explain it first.

Why do most missionaries fail? Because they're doing the wrong thing (trying to start churches).

Why do most missionaries continue to do the wrong thing, when they see that it doesn't work? Because they have a strongly-held belief that is incorrect.

Why do most missionaries hold to a strong belief, that gets them to do the wrong thing, so that they fail? Because when someone tells them the truth, it is so contrary to what they believe that they reject it.

Now Folks, I want you to be patient with me over the next few posts, because I am going to teach something that is very contrary to what most Christians believe.