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PODCAST 051: Ed Stetzer & Defining a Successful Church

PODCAST 051: Ed Stetzer & Defining a Successful Church

by Jeff Reed: What makes a successful Digital Church? Church Online? Church overall? What is it? I’ll tell you what it’s not: our Sunday morning attendance numbers… yet this is where many of our analytics (and attention, for that matter) stop. A quote from Ed Stetzer years ago has always haunted this line of thought for me: “When you build your churches like theaters, don’t be surprised when your parishioners act like show-goers.”

I don’t believe I’m overstating here. We, the Church, we know this is bad. We know the success story to an effective church in 2020 isn’t solely found in the pews on Sunday morning… that being said, very few of us are doing anything about it? Why is that?

Well, why not ask Ed Stetzer? I almost don’t know how to properly announce Ed here. Countless books, sermons, blogs, articles, interviews, conferences… the man is synonymous with Mission & Evangelism in the Church today. What better person to ask, “How did we get here?” Although, maybe the better question to ask is, “We’re stuck, where should we go from here?”

Is this a Digital Church podcast? Maybe. Church Online? Probably. Really, this podcast episode has implications across your entire church as strategically we all need to acknowledge where we are as a church and how in 2020 we need to shift priorities in order to be a successful church.

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