These are just some random, personal thoughts against common and useful things. I don’t want to abolish these things, but I believe it helps to be critical about the way we do things so that we can improve them. I am not blogging against crankiness this time, but out of the overflow of crankiness.
First of all, why does everyone and his/her dog want to start a 501c3 nonprofit Christian org? And then raise funds (especially from small churches in the north) and start a website? Why does it have to be a business? Whatever happened to just doing good deeds.
It seems no one wants to just serve in humility anymore. We all want to be known in the brotherhood. We want to start a business/ministry instead of just doing ministry. We want to oversee a major organization. What if we started having more home Bible studies instead of more Christian organizations?
We want everyone to support our ideas (forgetting that local churches have their own needs/plans). No matter how great my idea is, that doesn’t mean I have to send a letter requesting financial support from every congregation in the book.
Next on my hit list are Bible correspondence courses.
Does anyone have numbers about how many baptisms result from them, and more importantly, how many of those baptisms fall away? It seems so often that sincere Christians are studying with sincere people, yet those people are not in touch with a local church, maybe have no interest in joining a local church (or leaving their house, for that matter). Personally, I have seen little results from them. Maybe it is NE culture. I baptized one man and never could find him or get in touch with him again. What exactly was he taught? The “gospel of baptism” maybe?
I was recently given a contact for a lady who wants to be baptized. I found out that she has a church home, was baptized (maybe too young). She had no sense of urgency and it is difficult to follow up. I tried to get together with her to talk about the when and why of baptism, but she had a church event to go to.
I have serious doubts about the effectiveness of Bible Correspondence Courses. What do they understand? How will they survive without knowing anyone in a local church? Why are the students so often not interested in attending/visiting a local congregation?
How do you handle following up with contacts from Bible Correspondence courses?
Grumpy Young Man
(I am out of town and may not be able to moderate comments and respond to your thoughts for a while. I appreciate your patience.)