A Minister of Education pointed to a trashcan with unused leader guides, student quarterlies, and other adult discipleship training “stuff.” He said, “I get so tired of over half of our materials not being used. Isn’t there a better way?”
Church leaders, like that Minister of Education, will be attracted to check out the Orality Revolution simply by increasing the stewardship of his available — and often dwindling — resources.
Orality adds value on a number of revolutionary fronts.
- Reduce the financial burden of purchasing expensive curriculum. We’re not just throwing away Bible studies, but relying more on God’s Word to keep the attention of followers of Jesus — and bring them back week after week.
- Delight pastors and other church leaders as they see their church transform communities with the gospel. When church members pepper their conversations with the biblical account glorifying God, then the conversation changes. And when they pass along Bible heroes, answers from Scripture, and insights into spiritual awakening, everyone gets blessed.
- De-mystify the Bible so that the average guy can delight in the Word of God! (Gal. 6:10)
- Experience the joy of entire churches praising God who is actively meeting the desires of their heart (Ps. 37:4).
Not everyone will buy into the cost of disciple-making. Expect them to either leave or start their own versions of the revolution. Bringing significant change to a church is not the objective, but often necessary to see change in lives, churches, and communities.
Throwing off the tyranny of lecture-driven elitism in order to draw out and then live out Bible Truths is as controversial today as it was among those who followed our Lord over 2,000 years ago. 1 Cor. 10:31 reminds us to do everything with all our might to the glory of God.
It’s liberating to become a change agent that adds value to the lives around you.
Keep reading! Here’s #6: Empower Leaders https://truthsticks.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/revolution-requirement-6-of-10-empower-leaders/