My family and I just got back from spending a couple of weeks in Maryland. It’s home for us in many ways, and it was fun to visit my family, friends and my old church. I got to hug my young people and play catch-up with the happenings in their lives. That’s the thing I miss most about ministry. I love getting to know and spend time with my teenagers. They are great! Teens are very honest once you get to know them. I find them to be less pretentious than many adults and I’ve always loved that!
I’m still amazed by the conversation I had with thinkers on the east coast. What amazes me is the number of people in the body of Christ who are asking the same questions. For example, many are still asking about areas of pastoral authority and the proper place of the pastor and the church in the lives of believers. Many have grown tired of the dogma and disdain for people apparent in so many churches today.
People all over the word are commenting that they are discontented with the church as it has become. Many are fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ but are fully disconnected with the church organizations and fully disgusted by it.
Worse, some have left the faith all together and are back to seeking for something that makes sense to them.
The conversations over the last two weeks have centered around these questions: What can we do to make the church most reflective of Christ again? How would you design church if you could? What’s working, what isn’t working, and why? I would really love your opinion and your feedback on these matters!
What are you thinking?