Thursday, May 18, 2006
Should I stay or should I go?
What a great song, I love The Clash
Following on from some other thoughts. What do you think about modelling new kinds of missional communities? Should we stay in our normal church groupings or as I have said before should we get out and model something new. I am thinking about the Charismatic movement in the UK most of the early leaders started out in the bretheren church and then went on to model something new. I have a feeling this could happen again.
As long as it is not a negative reaction. Brian McLaren makes an interesting observation on post-modernism, he says that a lot of what is labelled post-modern is actually anti-modern. What we do must not be in reaction to church as it is right now but as a reaction to the world and the state it is in right now.
I would love to see post-modern missional communities co-existing alongside mainstream church. Has anyone else ever got a bit worried that we actually think a post modern church is one were we have a congregational meeting without chairs, a few candles, a DJ and the preacher talks from a video clip and then we have groups to discuss and dialogue around the questions. Is this post modern church or just a revamped and tweaked version of what we already do? By the way this would be my favourite type of congregational meeting.
Although living here I have also found I miss charismatic worship, it's my tradition it used to bore me, but now I miss it! I like goose bumps and climatic worship; were we enthusiastically sing the song 15 times and the end line of the song 34 times and then sing in tongues for 14 minutes whilst the leader neatly switches keys and moves us onto another level of intimacy and ecstacy, someone then brings a prophetic word whilst minor keys are played and we all feel greatly blessed and encouraged the worship lifts again and on we go. It's true I love it. Although the community we end up with here in Ibiza will probably never go there...
I am going to the Anglican church on Sunday which is also good, such powerful words to read out loaded with meaning and very deep.
Baptist churches are also great, i like the idea that once a month they do a communion service and treat it all very seriously, what a great occasion to reflect.
I also like the idea of bread and wine anytime we get together.
I have come to the conclusion that in the past I have been narrow and exclusive in what I deem to be a correct outworking of church.
Anyway here's to new expressions, different flavours, creative styles and exciting additions to the wonderful body of Christ. Bring it on.
at 11:52 AM