Monday, May 08, 2006
Been thinking about church and a lot of the alternative thinking I hear about church. Had a thought "what if God doesn't want are comfortable middle class churches to change, what if He is happy with this particular expression of his community and body here on earth" why is there so much thought and literary energy put into trying to change what already exists.
Why don't all the frustrated people who are in the background communicating their displeasure and frustration about the way church is going, just get out and start their own churches?
They have enough tools, people, books and resources to make it happen, so why don't they just get on with it? they don't need permission they just need to do it with grace and gentleness.
Are we expending to much energy trying to change our existing churches whilst outside it doors the world is still lost?
I think God sometimes must think "can't you guys get your heads out of your asses and get on with the mission I have tasked you with?"
I enjoy reading all the new books and extending my thinking, in many ways I enjoy it more than ever because I really feel that the best way to express our new thoughts and different ways of doing things is in a missional context. So to me these books are liberating and don't frutrate me, they help make sense of how we are living here in Ibiza.
I keep coming back to the thought, why try and turn around a ship that isn't sinking, most of the people in it are going to heaven so why get so stressed about changing it,God loves it, let it be.
We need more churches, different forms of church but we must move away from an either or mentality, lets have lots of different expressions and then hopefully we can reach more people with the gospel, which to me is the name of the game.
at 9:35 AM