Who Is the Main Attraction at Your Church?

Attractional and/or Incarnational?

Believers have been entrusted with the message of the gospel and are called to be ambassadors for Christ. Watch as Afshin Ziafat, Lead Pastor of Providence Church in Frisco, TX,  clarifies the key characteristics of attractional and incarnational churches, sharing how to create a culture at your church that encourages and equips your people to impact their workplaces and neighborhoods with the gospel.

Compare the main characteristics of both attractional and incarnational church models. What are some positive aspects of each? Is your church more attractional or incarnational, or a hybrid of both?
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The danger of having a purely attractional church model is leaving your people with the impression that it's all about bringing people to church to hear a pastor. How can you maintain the positive aspects of being attractional—good music, engaging message, etc.—while incorporating an incarnational church culture where people are equipped and empowered to live out the gospel?
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Ambassadors for Christ

As a pastor, do you ever sense that your people rely on you too much to minister to their friends and neighbors? Do you wish they would take more ownership of their faith? Take a moment and watch this humorous video which illustrates that everyone is called to serve in the name of Christ.

Can you relate to the pastor in that video? Watch as Afshin explains how to move your people from a purely attractional mindset, to an incarnational one where they understand their role as an ambassador for Christ.

Think about how your people view your role as their pastor. Do your people view you like the minister in the humorous video above? How do you encourage them to have a greater ownership of the ministry needs the Lord has placed around them?
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The most significant aspect of an incarnational church is having people who understand their role as ambassadors for Christ. Read 2 Corinthians 5:18–20.

2 Corinthians 5:18-20 (ESV)

18All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;19that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.20Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

How are you currently equipping and unleashing the people in your church to be ambassadors for Christ? Are there some ways you can better help them understand their role in taking the gospel to their school, community and workplace? Does it need to come from the pulpit? Discipleship classes? Through Sunday School and small groups? How can you enlist your church leadership to live and teach this?
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After thinking through some of the differences between attractional and incarnational ministry, are there areas of your ministry you might want to consider addressing? What obstacles might you face as you bring a greater focus to equipping and unleashing your people to live out the gospel? How can you overcome these obstacles?
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The goal behind an incarnational model of ministry is to create an atmosphere where all church members are empowered to be on mission as ambassadors for Christ. People are encouraged to take ownership of their faith, extending the influence of the gospel well beyond the walls of the church.