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The Three 
Questions 
A Reality Check 101 Workshop 
by Bill Kemp
Don’t fix 
what you 
think is 
broken
Don’t 
ask the people 
at worship how 
to make 
worship better
Think 
different
Jesus says: 
Enter through the 
narrow gate. For wide is 
the gate and broad is the 
road that leads to 
destruction, and ...
To Question is the Answer 
but, 
not all 
questions 
are useful
Anxiety Thermostat 
How much anxiety 
is in your church?
Anxiety verses Urgency
Everybody 
asks, 
“How can we 
get more 
people in our 
church?”
3 Questions 
1.What is the real nature of Church? 
2.Where is society taking us? 
3.How can we do God’s will?
1) What is the nature 
of the church? 
✤How should we design our life together 
so that the church becomes what Christ 
ha...
1) What is the nature of the church? 
✤ Acts 2:42-47 
They devoted themselves to the 
apostles’ teaching and to fellowship...
Church is: 
A gathering of people for prayer, 
study, and worship, who relate to 
each other and to the world as Christ 
d...
A gathering of people for prayer, study, and 
worship, who relate to each other and to 
the world as Christ desires. 
✤ Fe...
A gathering of people for prayer, study, and 
worship, who relate to each other and to the 
world as Christ desires. 
Thin...
Which is more 
“Church” ? 
a) 200 people gathered for one hour 
on Sunday in a religious building... 
b) 20 groups of 10 p...
2) Where is 
society taking us?
2) Where is society taking 
us? 
✤How is your church changing to remain 
relevant to the people of this 
neighborhood?
Fewer than 
18% of 
Americans 
were in 
church this 
past weekend
Modernity 1700 to 1980s
Postmodern - Today
How is your church changing to remain 
relevant to the people of this neighborhood?
How is your church changing to remain relevant 
to the people of this neighborhood?
How is your church changing to remain relevant 
to the people of this neighborhood?
Customer Centric = Mission/Witness 
The Church exists by Mission 
Just as, fire exists by burning 
- Emil Brunner
Witness = Relationships 
Mission= Seeing a problem or need in the 
world and implementing a solution for it.
Relevant churches seek to fully 
understand their neighbor’s needs, 
and then offer some aspect of the 
Gospel as a releva...
The Spiral Rule 
Congregations that focus 
outward, Travel Upward 
Congregations that focus 
inward, Travel 
Downward
3) How can we do 
God’s will?
✤What specific vocation does 
God have for your church?
✤What specific vocation does 
God have for your church?
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The Three Questions

  1. 1. ? The Three Questions A Reality Check 101 Workshop by Bill Kemp
  2. 2. Don’t fix what you think is broken
  3. 3. Don’t ask the people at worship how to make worship better
  4. 4. Think different
  5. 5. Jesus says: Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it... - Matthew 7:13
  6. 6. To Question is the Answer but, not all questions are useful
  7. 7. Anxiety Thermostat How much anxiety is in your church?
  8. 8. Anxiety verses Urgency
  9. 9. Everybody asks, “How can we get more people in our church?”
  10. 10. 3 Questions 1.What is the real nature of Church? 2.Where is society taking us? 3.How can we do God’s will?
  11. 11. 1) What is the nature of the church? ✤How should we design our life together so that the church becomes what Christ had in mind?
  12. 12. 1) What is the nature of the church? ✤ Acts 2:42-47 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer… They had everything in common… enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
  13. 13. Church is: A gathering of people for prayer, study, and worship, who relate to each other and to the world as Christ desires.
  14. 14. A gathering of people for prayer, study, and worship, who relate to each other and to the world as Christ desires. ✤ Fellowship ✤ Prayer ✤ Study ✤ Mission/witness
  15. 15. A gathering of people for prayer, study, and worship, who relate to each other and to the world as Christ desires. Things not mentioned: ✤ Membership ✤ Finances ✤ Building
  16. 16. Which is more “Church” ? a) 200 people gathered for one hour on Sunday in a religious building... b) 20 groups of 10 people, meeting in coffee shops, nursing homes, workplace lunch-rooms, etc...
  17. 17. 2) Where is society taking us?
  18. 18. 2) Where is society taking us? ✤How is your church changing to remain relevant to the people of this neighborhood?
  19. 19. Fewer than 18% of Americans were in church this past weekend
  20. 20. Modernity 1700 to 1980s
  21. 21. Postmodern - Today
  22. 22. How is your church changing to remain relevant to the people of this neighborhood?
  23. 23. How is your church changing to remain relevant to the people of this neighborhood?
  24. 24. How is your church changing to remain relevant to the people of this neighborhood?
  25. 25. Customer Centric = Mission/Witness The Church exists by Mission Just as, fire exists by burning - Emil Brunner
  26. 26. Witness = Relationships Mission= Seeing a problem or need in the world and implementing a solution for it.
  27. 27. Relevant churches seek to fully understand their neighbor’s needs, and then offer some aspect of the Gospel as a relevant response.
  28. 28. The Spiral Rule Congregations that focus outward, Travel Upward Congregations that focus inward, Travel Downward
  29. 29. 3) How can we do God’s will?
  30. 30. ✤What specific vocation does God have for your church?
  31. 31. ✤What specific vocation does God have for your church?

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