"THE GATES OF THE 90'S SHALL NOT PREVAIL"
Church Growth Conference
Second Baptist Church
May 4-5, 1992
At the first of the year I was attracted to a book entitled
"Future Edge." This secular book, written by Joel Barker,
never mentioned the church, but had much to say about how
we must do church in the future. He states in this book that
there are three keys to the future for any organization. These
It is the base of the 21st century. He says that most
believe that excellence will give them an edge in the
21st century. Barker believes that excellence will only
give a competitive edge until the 21st century and will
be the necessary point of entry in the 21st century.
* This means if our churches do not have
excellence in all we do we cannot even enter
the market of reaching the unchurched in
the 21st century.
It is on the list because it is the way you gain a
competitive edge. When excellence is coupled with
innovation you have a winning combination. J. B. Hunt,
trucking magnate, Christian, and member of our church,
says to his people continually, "If you read it in a book
it is already too late to probably use it."
* The church must be on the cutting edge of
change and innovation.
This places you at the right place at the right time.
If you can predict the needs of people, innovate the
ministries to meet those needs, and do it in the most
excellent manner, then God will be able to use you
and your church in the fullest manner.
I am grateful today that even though we are living in the
challenge of constant change, the Word of God abides forever.
I really believe that your church's battle in the 21st century
will be won over the next eight years of preparation and
process. I want to talk to you tonight about, "The Gates of
the 90's Shall Not Prevail." I am somewhat startled by some
of the attitudes that exist today. Churc ...
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