Gaining by Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches that Send

Matt Pierce | August 19, 2015


People who have been shuffled around from church to church make up most large churches today. They come together to hear well-polished sermons and expect a missions pastor or some other church leader to organize outreaches that accomplish the Great Commission. As J. D. Greear points out, “90 percent of evangelicals have never shared their faith with anyone outside their family. . . . 95 percent of the church growth we celebrate merely shuffles existing Christians around.”

The church is shrinking in the West. Pastors can no longer assume people will visit their church because they have impressive facilities and family ministries. Therefore, members need to be trained and pastors need to begin seeing themselves as leaders called to develop leaders. The primary purpose for leaders in the church, after all, is to “equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:12).

In Gaining By Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches that Send, Greear tells us how his church shifted focus from growing in numbers of attenders to training and sending disciples to make other disciples. Multiplication beats addition every time.

Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, separates Gaining By Losing into two…


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