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The Best of ChurchLeaders: Francis Chan on the Question Your Church Needs to Ask

Francis Chan

Francis Chan is widely known as the founding pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Simi Valley, Cali., where he pastored for 16 years before stepping down. He has written several best-selling books, including “Crazy Love” and “Forgotten God,” and has spoken at numerous conferences around the world. Francis and his family also started a house church movement called “We Are Church” in the San Francisco bay area, a movement that is challenging what we typically think of when we think of the Church. In the early part of 2020, Francis and his family moved to Hong Kong after they felt God’s calling to pursue ministry opportunities there.

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Key Questions for Francis Chan

What did you experience during your time in Asia that impacted you the most?

-Your posture in your newest book seems to be that of a prophet. Would you agree with that?

-What would you say to young pastors struggling with the tension of wanting to speak to their audiences while still honoring God above anyone else?

How have you experienced intimacy with God while in community?

Key Quotes from Francis Chan

“What changes us is the Word of God and the Holy Spirit.”

“You know how when you’re around someone, you can tell by their actions and words that they know Jesus? It’s convicting…it was like that in Asia and it made me want to change my life.”

“What I tried to do in the book is not write anything that wasn’t biblically obvious.”

“The two questions I ask myself before I speak are 1) am I most concerned about pleasing God or the people? and 2) do I genuinely love these people?”

“There are times when I sense the presence of God with us in a deeper way…when we get together, we fire each other up.”

“When I understand the church biblically, it makes sense that the more of us that gather to pursue him, the more of Him we’ll experience.”

“In Scripture, it talks about how [Christians] together form a singular temple of God, and we together create this dwelling place for God. And so when I understand the church biblically, it sure seems like it would make sense that the more of us that gather just to pursue him, the more of him we’re going to experience.”

“There are those who are seeking after him so much and they really love him….they just love the presence of God. There are other circles of people who aren’t.”

“God wants believers to cause other believers to love him more. I’m not hearing many leaders talking about how much they love God.”

“Are we producing lovers of Jesus and each other so much that the world notices?”

“We’re not asking, ‘What would please God most?’ That question has a huge cost to it.”

“When Jesus says you can do the things he does, you need to stop looking in the mirror and into Scripture.”

Mentioned in the Show by Francis Chan:

Letters to the Church” by Francis Chan

Francis Chan on ChurchLeaders:

Francis Chan: If You Think a Loving God Wouldn’t Judge, Have You Read the Bible?

Francis Chan: The Two Scariest Lies in the World Right Now

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As Vice President of Ministry Mobilization for Outreach, Inc., Jason dedicates his time to encouraging and equipping churches, denominations and ministry organizations to develop their Kingdom effectiveness by creating a culture that is both incarnational and invitational. He also serves as the Executive Director of the National Back to Church Sunday movement and hosts the weekly ChurchLeaders podcast. Jason lives on Anastasia Island, Florida, with his beautiful wife and children. Connect with him on Twitter and Instagram @jasondaye