Cheesecake Factory Church

The Cheesecake Factory is known for its ability to pull off an eighty page menu. Churches, not so much…

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Cheesecake Factory Church

The Cheesecake Factory is known for its ability to pull off an eighty page menu.  Churches, not so much.  In church world, something for everyone sounds great but usually fails at disciple-making.  A church with too many menu items becomes stretched and spread too thin.  Or, as Frodo Baggins would say “butter scrapped over too much bread.”  You wind up with a dozen or so ministries with a dozen or so people in each- it dilutes resources- people, energy, time and money.  Ministry fatigue results.  So I prefer the Steakhouse model instead, pick a few things you can do well and stick with it.

What ministries in your church are good at disciple making? Where can you get the most bang for your buck?  Small Groups are a “big bang”  discipleship program.  Connectivity, care and share, in depth bible study, gospel application, meaningful group prayer, leadership development, and even eating the occasional cheesecake together.  If your only going to get people one time every week or two outside of church, this is a good one.

If you have many programs that accomplish all of these things well, then great!  But we should always be evaluating and asking- how are they making disciples?  If you’re only hanging out/socializing, that’s great- maybe you’re only studying the Bible together, not bad either, or serving, or praying, etc.  But where are you doing all these things at once?

 

Check out this message on John 17:17-24 – its as close as I’ve been able to come to fully and biblically articulating the (drive by) theology behind my position:  The Beauty of Gospel Community

Author: Blake Dumais

Life Group Pastor at Cedar Run Community Church.

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