There is no true Christian church without the presence and activity of the Holy Spirit. Churches should be communities that are sensitive and responsive to the promptings of the Spirit. Unfortunately, many churches are actually self-reliant communities who ultimately trust in the best practices of church growth and profit.
The Spirit leads churches to slow and consistent discipleship . . .
not to flashes of growth fueled by shallow conversions.
The Spirit prompts communities to serve creatively & surprisingly . . .
not to slavishly follow strategic plans drafted to ensure growth & stability.
The Spirit guides church leaders to form their members in the image of Jesus . . .
not in the image of the prevailing cultural-ideal (like the American Dream).
Spirit-less churches are communities devoid of Jesus and His Kingdom-priorities. They are an experiment in spiritual futility, lacking the equipping power of God for transformation and ministry. In the end, they are nothing more than another business competing in the marketplace of religious consumerism.