How to Balance Attractional vs. Incarnational Church Strategies

2014 LEADERSHIP NETWORK CONVERSATIONS CONFERENCE


In this 20-minute conversation from the 2014 Leadership Network Conversations Conference, Marcus Bieschke, Lead Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church - Crystal Lake shares how he and his staff have attempted to balance both attractional and incarnational strategies in an attempt to faithfully reach their surrounding communities with the gospel. Marcus discusses the benefits of this tension as well as how it has created a greater thoughtfulness in his ministry, even in how their facilities visually impact the potential for relationships.


Which of Marcus' points did you find most impactful? Why?
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What did the Lord reveal to you through this message? (Did you gain a specific insight into your life or ministry? What challenged you? Were you convicted of sin? )
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How were you encouraged through this conversation? How can you use what you’ve learned to encourage someone else—in your personal life, at work, or at church—and equip them as a disciple of Christ?
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How, practically, can you implement what you heard from this conversation in your life and/or ministry today? What will you do differently this week because of what you’ve just heard?
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As Marcus pointed out, deciding between attractional and incarnational strategies does not have to be an either/or matter. It is possible to harmonize the "come and see" with the "go and be." Welcome this tension in your own ministry and trust that the Lord will guide you as you strive to make the gospel known to the lost in your midst.


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