Church Leadership Podcast
Church Leadership Podcast
Episode 119 - Will Mancini on Future Church, the Functional Great Commission, & Connecting People to Your Church
This week on the podcast, we are all in store for something special. Mark and Andy get the chance to spend some time with Will Mancini, a church consultant, ministry entrepreneur, and the Founder and Chief Vision Officer for Future Church Co. Will has served the Church well over the years, and our conversation is evidence of his continued passion to address the major issue of being over-programmed and under-discipled needs attention now, more than ever. Simply put, the way we have done church for decades has produced the poor results we are now experiencing. From the very beginning of our conversation, you will be intrigued about the “Functional Great Commission.” Will wants churches to be better equipped to disciple people where they work and play. We can do better, and we hope this episode helps everyone leading in the local church!

In this episode, we mention Will’s most recent book Future Church that will help your church develop a roadmap to a new paradigm.

Quotes from our conversation with Will Mancini…

“The ‘Functional Great Commission’ has become: go into all the world and make more worship attenders, baptizing them in the name of small groups, and teaching them to volunteer a few hours a month.”

“Why do people call your church home?… What emotionally connects people to your church?”

“He (Jesus) gave His life over these three years of ministry to deeply invest in a few, and He built the movement of Christianity on a following of one hundred and twenty people, not on these crowds.”

“The greatest limitation to our disciple making results is our imagination as church leaders.”

“Real church growth is led by calling, not celebrity.”

“I think what we need in the 2021 reformation of the Church is to declare the ‘pastor-hood’ of the believer. Every believer has a parish, a sphere of influence. And the disciple making we are hungry for is going to be released to that place where we live, work, and play.”

“It didn’t bother Jesus that the crowds left, because He was building the future on a few…. The future of the Church in 2021 is found in a few that you are investing in.”