In recent years two answers have emerged to explain the purpose of the church:

  • The population is alienated from contemporary church. This is a missional problem!
  • The church is alienated from contemporary culture. This is a strategy problem!

Each side expresses their polarized view with strength and conviction. Are you incarnational or prevailing? Are you attractional or missional? The conversation has escalated around what Jim Collins (author of Good to Great) calls the “tyranny of the OR” rather than the “genius of the AND.”

Leverage is found in a new way of thinking, not a new method.