Turning the Reformed Church Outward

The Great Commission Jesus issued to the church involves making disciples of all nations. It’s clear from the book of Acts that the disciples engaged this mandate chiefly through preaching and the subsequent establishment of churches. Once constituted, these churches were then, as they are today, to reengage the Great Commission by making disciples of Christ through baptism and instruction. The question we want to pose in this article is, How should contemporary Reformed churches be missional in their worship?

Seeker-Sensitive Worship Critiqued

For years many church growth theorists recommended what were called seeker-sensitive worship services. Worship services, for such theorists, were regarded as a product that could be marketed to the felt needs of the unchurched consumer. Not surprisingly, promotional literature for these services often looked suspiciously like shopping-mall advertisements. In fact, the buildings of some mega churches, whose growth is predicated on such marketing initiatives, began to look like shopping malls, complete with a Starbucks café (e.g., Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas) or even a McDonalds with a drive-through option (e.g., Brentwood Baptist Church in Houston, Texas

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