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Alan Hirsch: The Church Needs To Stop Making Jesus in Its Own Image

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Alan Hirsch is the founder of 100Movements, Forge Mission Training Network, and Future Travelers. He is known for his innovative approach to mission and is widely considered to be a thought-leader and key mission strategist for churches across the western world. Alan is the author of several books, including “ReJesus: Remaking the Church in Our Founder’s Image,” which he co-authored with Michael Frost and which has recently been revised and updated.

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Key Questions for Alan Hirsch

-As an outsider who has been living in the United States for some time, what observations do you have about the problems in the American Church? 

-What about American church leadership has led you to feel discouraged? What about it do you see that is hopeful?

-Should American Christians embrace marginalization or still seek to have cultural influence?

-What does becoming more like Jesus actually look like in practice? 

Key Quotes From Alan Hirsch

“I came to America 2007 and feeling a deep sense of call and deep within the will of God and believing that if we’re going to change the trajectory of Western Christianity, you have to address the church in America.”

“I think we are dealing with here something that is extremely dangerous, the ideological co-option of the faith from either side of the political spectrum, but largely in our time, I think, from the Right.”

“We’re facing a very, very clarifying moment. And this is why I think the ‘ReJesus’ thing is calling the church back to the absolute centrality of Jesus for the life and the expression and the witness of the movement that claims his name.”

“I think leaders have been unable to, in spite of all the things that we do…fundamentally disciple the church to Jesus.”

“Leaders are trying to lead a church that doesn’t recognize Jesus.”

“A group of people claiming to be Christians, claiming to be a church, who do not look, sound and think like Jesus—is it a church? I don’t know.”