can we imagine…
church beyond gathering?
church beyond once a week?
church as always on connectivity to christ and one another?
church where community is the content?
theology and resources of church being open source?
church valuing the wisdom of the crowd rather than the knowledge of the expert?
our church/spirituality being easily found by seekers because we tag it that way?
an ethos of low control and collaboration?
an economy of gift?
church as spaces for creative production and self publishing?
church as providers of resources for spiritual seekers and tourists?
Today is Pentecost Sunday
The last of the questions I’m thinking about is:
How do we allow God’s kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven – in this place?
I’m coming to the end of the book ‘Church After Christendom,’ and I’ll just have a few thoughts here.
De-emphasise worship, and make Mission and Community Building just as central
Reduce the number of church focused commitments to allow congregation members to be involved in other activities and mission opportunities outside church.
Cultivate simplicity – which does not necessarily mean blandness or lacking in creativity.
Take a long look at ourselves, using tools that are there to help us identify areas of strength and weakness – especially in areas of conflict within the church. Use resources such as Appreciative Inquiry, The Healthy Churches Audit, Bridgebuilders.
Promote lay participation and become less ‘leader centric.’ Encourage multi voiced worship.
Refocused commitment – we live in an age when it is often said that people do not want commitment – yet movements like extinction rebellion show that where people see something worth struggling for, they will do it.
I love this prayer, with four words that are used to describe the way we are called to be … full of generosity, joy, imagination and courage
Living God, draw us deeper into your love;
Jesus our Lord, send us to care and serve;
Holy Spirit, make us heralds of good news.
Stir us, strengthen us, teach and inspire us,
to live your love with generosity and joy,
imagination and courage;
for the sake of your world,
and in the name of Jesus, Amen.
… Of the blog by Jonny Baker, which I haven’t looked at for ages.
In his blog post on flipped church, he refers back to some questions he was asking himself nearly 15 years ago …