We are living in a missionary culture. As the numbers of those self-identifying themselves as Christian decline it becomes more and more apparent. The Gallup data below shows a steady decline in the numbers of Americans who call themselves Christian. This only reinforces the steady drop in worship attendance and the free fall of membership in mainline churches.
It is time for us to quit thinking that one more program, one more quick fix solution is the answer, and start acting like missionaries. We must spend just as much time exegeting the culture as we do exegeting the Biblical text. Our ministries must become indigenous to the communities we serve, reflecting the spiritual needs and concerns of those outside our doors. Finally, it is imperative that we change our focus from those inside our buildings clamoring for chaplaincy to those outside our buildings facing a Christ-less eternity. A mentor of mine once reminded me that if you offend those inside the church with the way you share the gospel, they will find another church. If you fail to share the gospel to those outside the church in a way that they can embrace it, you condemn them to hell. Which is worse?
I chose to be a missionary and not a chaplain. That is why I remain:
Consumed by the Call,
This Christmas, 78% of Americans Identify as Christian