Missional is not the Opposite of Attractional

When I finished reading Andy Stanley’s latest book Deep & Wide (kindle version), my first thought was, “This might be one of the best books I’ve ever read on church ministry or leadership.” It is chock full of wisdom, things churches can learn and ways staff’s can grow together to be effective. I’ll share a full review on September 25 when it releases, but over the coming week I wanted to share a few longer quotes from the book that pushed some thinking for me. Some I agreed with, others I didn’t, but ones I wanted to share with the My World community.

Missional is not the opposite of attractional. Stop trying to pick a side.

This was one of my favorite quotes in the book. Do you agree or disagree? Are missional and attractional really on opposite ends of the spectrum?

3 thoughts on “Missional is not the Opposite of Attractional

  1. They certainly don’t have to be, but often are. I remember hearing Tim Chester (who wrote the book, so to speak, on missional church) say in 2008, “Missional ought to be attractional. It is just what are you attracting them to?” Ed Stetzer has a series going right now on his blog too about it.

    • Very true Chris. What you win them with is what you keep them with. I always cringe when I feel like I have to decide if church will be attractive or missional. It should be both, it’s beautiful and full of life when it’s both.

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