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Why the CHURCH is Not Discipling the NATION

In my teaching over the years I have often said “If the church is not discipling the nation, the nation will disciple the church.”

Luis Sena gave powerful call to the church

Back in March, the Disciple Nations Alliance forum was held in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Among the presentations was one by our friend and co-worker of almost 25 years, Luis Sena. Luis took our collective breath away with his prophetic message, Why the Church is not Discipling the Nations.

Consider a brief excerpt:

That´s why the expressed strategic goals for churches are so often the same as those of corporations: “self-preservation, growth, and expansion.” Most plans for churches have as their focus the “expansion” of their size (i.e. numbers as indicators of effectiveness). Driven by self-preservation, preachers and teachers don’t touch the hot issues of the culture, because they know they will be persecuted. The privileges they enjoy as organizations will be lost. They will be challenged by the surrounding culture. Church leaders (usually) won’t risk publicly applying truth because it might mean putting the ministry in danger. But, when a church adopts this paradigm, it has inadvertently forsaken the truth.

I have seldom heard anyone speak so boldly and accurately about the church today. If you have a heart to see your nation discipled … if you agree that the church is the primary instrument for social transformation, Luis’ presentation will help you understand one of the barriers.

Success for the church is not measured in numbers of seats filled on Sunday morning. The mark of the church is her impact on the community and society. Often being faithful to the call of Christ requires that a price be paid. Do we want to see our communities and nations healthier places for our children and grandchildren? If that is to happen, our churches may need to change their vision, model, and priorities.

Every pastor and church leader should see this prophetic video or read the transcript.

Please! Please! … pass this post and its links on to your pastor and key leaders of your denomination or church’s missions arm. They may love you or hate you for it! But our leaders need to hear this short prophetic message to the church.

– Darrow Miller

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Darrow is co-founder of the Disciple Nations Alliance and a featured author and teacher. For over 30 years, Darrow has been a popular conference speaker on topics that include Christianity and culture, apologetics, worldview, poverty, and the dignity of women. From 1981 to 2007 Darrow served with Food for the Hungry International (now FH association), and from 1994 as Vice President. Before joining FH, Darrow spent three years on staff at L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland where he was discipled by Francis Schaeffer. He also served as a student pastor at Northern Arizona University and two years as a pastor of Sherman Street Fellowship in urban Denver, CO. In addition to earning his Master’s degree in Adult Education from Arizona State University, Darrow pursued graduate studies in philosophy, theology, Christian apologetics, biblical studies, and missions in the United States, Israel, and Switzerland. Darrow has authored numerous studies, articles, Bible studies and books, including Discipling Nations: The Power of Truth to Transform Culture (YWAM Publishing, 1998), Nurturing the Nations: Reclaiming the Dignity of Women for Building Healthy Cultures (InterVarsity Press, 2008), LifeWork: A Biblical Theology for What You Do Every Day (YWAM, 2009), Rethinking Social Justice: Restoring Biblical Compassion (YWAM, 2015), and more. These resources along with links to free e-books, podcasts, online training programs and more can be found at Disciple Nations Alliance (https://disciplenations.org).


  1. Roberto de Souza Chenk

    July 16, 2013 - 3:04 pm

    Obrigado pelos artigos. me abençoam muito

    • admin

      July 17, 2013 - 1:27 pm

      Você é muito bem-vindo.