One condition that’s welcomed the stagnation common to the church experience of most Christians is that we who are in leadership have forgotten what business we are in.

Now, I’m no historian, but my understanding is that the Protestant Reformation occurred within the sweep of the Enlightenment—the Age of Reason—and we’ve been reasoning with our congregations ever since. Reasoning kindly with them about the truths of the Bible. We’ve been teaching the Word—as if we’re in the education business.

The problem is, education, for those of us in ministry, is not an end in itself. An educated church person is not an end either. No more than an elevator is an end. An elevator is a means to the 11th floor. Teaching the Bible is a means to an end.

See, the Church is to be in the “life-change” business.


-Kirk Kirlin, Leadership Courage more at

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