SIDEBAR: Assaulting the Gates


by Paul Borden


Like a great army preparing for war, the church of Jesus Christ needs to assemble its forces to assault the gates of the evil one. This is what this effective strategy does. It prepares pastors for their tasks. It focuses congregations on mission. It trains lay leaders to march in sync with their pastors and their church’s mission. The judicatory or association functions like the Pentagon marshalling and training the right forces to perform the correct tasks. I have discovered that when groups of congregations exercise this strategy well, they see, on average, a 50 percent turn-around of the congregations involved in the process.