Nov 10, 2016


Episode 125: The Para-Church Predicament

Tension Between the Church and Para-Church

Today Dr. Gregg Allison joins us to talk about the relationship between para-church and the church and how they can work together to help reach people for the gospel. Dr. Allison is currently a Professor of Christian Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He is also the author of several books and was served with Cru for 18 years.  

Dr. Gregg Allison // Professor of Christian Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary  //

Notable Points:

  • There is more to living for Christ than basic bible studies and discipleship.  The church is vitally important.
  • Para-church ministries often engage in areas that the church may not be as adept at.
    • Para-churches are often key in raising up leaders in the next generation.
  • Have you considered partnering with a para-church ministry?
    • Partnering can help build your church into a multi-generational church.
  • Para-church ministries need to understand that Jesus died for the church and that God’s plan is for churches to be the primary vehicle.
    • Realize that churches are messy and do have problems despite this love the church.
      • The church is Jesus’ bride we need to link arms.
  • What happens if we don’t work together and one is eliminated?
    • Paul partnered with churches in order to do his missions work that the local church could not do.
    • Nothing good can come from losing one party.
    • Para-churches help bring new life to the church and have been involved in large movements throughout church history.
  • We need to view our mission field as just that an area where many people have not met Jesus or need discipled.
    • There is an enormous amount of people who need engaged by a ministry.
    • Infighting between churches and parachurches is playing into what the enemy wants.
  • Don’t let your ministry’s success be based on numbers.

Links We Talked About

Dr. Allison’s Amazon Author Page

Recommended Books

Knowing God (J. I. Packer)

Systematic Theology (Wayne Grudem)

Institutes of Christian Religion (John Calvin)

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about the author

Greg Allison

Greg Allison has 18 years of ministry experience as a staff member of Campus Crusade (Cru), where he worked in campus ministry, as well as serving as a missionary to Italy and Switzerland. He is Professor of Christian Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.