Every once in a while you need an over-the-top title, don’t you?
But seriously, there are three bloggers who have has some amazing posts recently. And in my goodness, I’m going to point you right to them.
First, recording artist extraordinarre Shaun Groves tells a story in three parts (one, two, and three) you’ve got to read. I think his responses to the woman who wants him to sign a “take back the government and get prayer in schools” petition are extremely well said. It’s a devisive issue in the Christian world. Whatever side you’re on, it’s a good read.
Next, my favorite glocal trekker Bob Roberts (blogging at glocal.net) tells us once again that it ain’t about the “style” of how we do church. It absolutely comes down to disciples. Form follows function. He writes, “Your church is only as good as your disciples–not your preacher! If you want to tinker with something, tinker with the disciple. How do we create a culture of the kingdom so people will engage it in a daily manner?” Awesome stuff, Bob!
And finally, my new favorite blogger, Vince Antonucci, has two thought-provoking, challenging posts about how we do church. The first one lays out his case for the belief that our churches just aren’t reaching lost people. Even though there have been tons of church starts and super mega churches popping up all over, there are less people in church now than in 1990 in every single county in the United States! The next one talks about his informal surveys at churches, finding that most people have transferred to “this church” from “another one” and if they weren’t here, they’d be going to “this other one down the street.” If the church was reaching more lost folks, Vince believes they wouldn’t be in that church shopping mindset. This would be their home.
Now, a lot of people can bash the church without anything positive to say (Vince is even criticized of this in the comments of his post), but what I respect about his writing is that he’s leading a church and doing something about it. He says he’ll be talking more about the “what now?” steps next. As my buddy Michelangelo said, “criticize by creating!”
The discussions in each one of these posts are important to me, not only because of the church planting ideas, but because I’m working on a new “thing” at Glenkirk focused on the post-college/pre-kid age group. It’s supposed to be a Sunday morning class, but we’re going to let it be a lot more experimental. Instead of one guy standing up front and talking about 10 steps to a healthy relationship, it’s going to be a lot more interactive. We’re going to focus on the Gospels and see how we can live them out together.
I have a lot of ideas for where it could go, but for now we’re going to start simple and see where God leads. Hopefully we can begin meeting off the church campus and do some things that don’t immediately “fit” within the typical paradigms – not just do “be different,” but to stretch our faith and follow Christ into places where he’s a lot more needed than the typical church classroom.