Feb 13, 2008

Missional? Traditional? Emergent? Post-Modern? - I dont' care! Just get it done.

I don't care what you call it.

I don't care if it's the cool thing to do or if it's not.

I don't care if you call it missional, post-modern, emergent, traditional.

What I do care about is that we live in a culture that is 90% unchurched.

And while we live a world where the great majority have no idea how much God loves them, we have a church denominational culture that is embarrassed and clueless about sharing her faith. You've got wonder, what kind of a faith is that?

How could we believe in the God of love and have no compassion for those who will spend eternity apart from Him?

How could we get so motivated by protecting the rights of tomato farmers and engage the entire Presbyterian Church in a boycott of Yum Brand foods, while we do nothing to turn the tide of losing membership and doing nothing to grow new Christians and growing every follower of Jesus Christ to be fully devoted disciples?

Give me a break.

The church is not about the structures that be and what the Book of Order says if those structures and Book of Order doesn't change lives. If God's ministry and mission is not being accomplished and lives and eternal destinies are not getting impacted, change the institution, change the structure, change the Book of Order.

Missional, Traditional, Emergent, Post-Modern, etc. are just tools and categories that help us to be strategic about the mission and the ministry of the church. Use whatever tool will enable your church to make a difference!

Jesus said, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field" (Matthew 9:37-38).

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