How Churches Fake God’s Work

Ray Ortlund and Immanuel Church in Nashville believe simplicity is biblical. While opening doors to approach Christ, they try not to clutter what God is doing with programming.

“When the Lord is at work, you don’t need heavy programs,” Ortlund tells fellow pastors Ryan Kelly and Darrin Patrick in this brief new video. “When the Lord isn’t at work, you probably have to fake it.”

Watch to see how Patrick explains the dilemma for pastors approached by well-meaning church members who want to start new programs. Kelly offers his perspective on our failure to love when we’re too busy with programs.


From The Gospel Coalition.

Peter serves as a pastor-teacher, at home and abroad, resourcing gospel-centred communities.

One thought on “How Churches Fake God’s Work

  1. Interesting. Simplicity and depth of relationship with one another and with God is so important. It strikes me that there are two traps to be avoided here. The one, so eloquently articulated on the video, is that of having people running about doing things that God has not asked them to do and filling their time with activity which serves simply as a distraction.

    The other danger, is that of being so protective of a church from ‘well meaning good ideas’ that people who genuinely have a call to do something new, have a really hard time finding the space to do what God has called them to do. Hebrews exhorts us to ‘spur one another on toward love and good deeds’ after all. Not to ask those who wish to engage in good deeds to present a proposal that fits with the strategic direction of the church before they engage in good deeds.

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