What Threatens North American Churches

Select quotes from an interview with Rt. Rev. Dr. David Zac Niringiye. You can read the article at the Christian Vision Project.

–One of the gravest threats to the North American church is the deception of power—the deception of being at the center. Those at the center tend to think, “The future belongs to us. We are the shapers of tomorrow. The process of gospel transmission, the process of mission—all of it is on our terms, because we are powerful, because we are established. We have a track record of success, after all.”

–God very often is working most powerfully far from the center.

–Every search process for a senior pastor should ask, “Do you have experience in marginal places, economically deprived places, places with HIV/AIDS? Have you gone to be among them?”

–The temptation will be to try to apply power, to try to overcome the incursion of Islam. But that’s not the way of the Cross.

–Recently, an American evangelical leader said to me, “In a few years’ time, it’s going to be very difficult for anyone who wants to be a disciple of Jesus in America.” But I said to him, actually, no, it is very difficult now. If you are truly a disciple of Jesus, it is very difficult.

–Whether in Africa or America, the Cross is not an easy place to be—it is the symbol of our faith, but we do not love the Cross. “Come down from the Cross” is the cry not just of the Jewish leaders; it’s the cry even of us Christians. We want Christ to come down from the Cross. We don’t like the Cross.


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