Reading through the foundation documents of the Gospel Coalition, you will find this answer to the question asked in the title of this post:
- Evangelistic effectiveness.
Because the gospel (unlike religious moralism) produces people who do not disdain those who disagree with them, a truly gospel–centered church should be filled with members who winsomely address people’s hopes and aspirations with Christ and his saving work. We have a vision for a church that sees conversions of rich and poor, highly educated and less educated, men and women, old and young, married and single, and all races. We hope to draw highly secular and postmodern people, as well as reaching religious and traditional people. Because of the attractiveness of its community and the humility of its people, a gospel–centered church should find people in its midst who are exploring and trying to understand Christianity. It must welcome them in hundreds of ways. It will do little to make them “comfortable” but will do much to make its message understandable. In addition to all this, gospel–centered churches will have a bias toward church planting as one of the most effective means of evangelism there is. (Emphasis added)
You can find the documents here: http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/about/foundation-documents/vision.
When I think, pray and dream about the type of church family I want New City to be, it is this type of community.
Would you pray with me?