5 Reasons Why the Attractional Church Is Still Relevant

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Is it still effective to preach on felt needs, provide practical applications and draw big crowds in the church today?

My recent post on the “10 Politically Incorrect Reasons We’re Still Married” has generated, by far, the most traffic of anything I’ve ever written since I started my website over eight years ago.

Aren’t you curious to know the impetus for that post?

Here it is … I had learned of three more people in recent days who were a part of my life in some fashion, but disqualified themselves from ministry because of sexual sin. The list of people in my life who have made similar mistakes is now approaching close to 20 church leaders.

All of these stories remind me that I’m one stupid decision away from being in their same situation.

They remind me that temptations, especially sexual temptations, are something we all face. They remind me that we worship a God who offers second chances.

But they also remind me that we need to be taking intentional next steps to protect our marriages.

That said, I’d like to continue this theme of being politically incorrect, because I think there are some lessons church leaders can glean from my experience the last couple of days.

These are the principles no one talks about any more because they suggest that the church needs to be more attractional in its approach.

Let me offer a few lessons that we can learn from this experience:

1. People engage when you address felt needs.

The biggest felt need that both singles and married people have is for a healthy marriage. If I were a pastor, this would drive me to routinely offer biblical perspective on this topic.

At a minimum, I would offer a marriage series once a year. And then I would try to identify other critical felt needs that I should address.

Tony Morgan Tony Morgan is the Founder and Chief Strategic Officer of The Unstuck Group (TheUnstuckGroup.com)

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  • deandeguara

    Tony I agree the church should be both missional and attractional. You don’t have to choose one or the other.

  • Roland

    The Scriptures says that if Christ be lifted up He will draw all people unto Him.

  • kcedar208

    There are so few churches that get the “AND”…what do you do when you’re stuck with leadership that doesn’t “get it”, refuses to learn from others who do, and your area is so spiritually dark you don’t have a lot of options? I couldn’t agree more with your article, and others like it, but while part of me yells “yes and amen!” the other part of my heart sinks – again – because there’s nothing that I, a regular old congregation member, can do with it.

  • Andrew

    Sin is the root of all suffering in this world, manifesting in various symptoms, which we label “felt needs.” To properly address these felt needs, we help people to understand their sins against God, to show how these sins produce all sorts of hurts and destruction, and ultimately separation from a Holy God, and that Jesus came to die for our sins, to take our punishment by bearing our sin and God’s wrath against it, satisfying God’s justice, and rising from the dead to conquer death, sin, and Satan. From this Gospel of Christ preached… a person repents and believes in Christ, resulting in a life that is being conformed into the image of Christ and healed from the effects of sin.