10 reasons why abusive churches succeed.
Nothing shocks a person more about being “church” than serving on leadership. Its when you serve on staff or elected leadership you discover that despite the facade of being “good Christian people”, sin is alive and well. Theologically, that is the point of Jesus’ death and resurrection. However, it can also become an embedded lifestyle of a congregation that abuses leaders and members alike. This is a good overview of the signs and why such behaviors are not only tolerated but encouraged because on a certain level, they do work to generate numbers and control.
ABPnews Blog | Many congregations are stuck in an overly churched culture.
Right now I’m sitting in a surgery waiting room while my wife’s stepdad is undergoing cancer surgery. Things are going well but at times like this, my mind wanders like a four year old after eating five twinkies trying to find things to pass the time.
This article has been sitting in my share file and I find its thoughts fascinating and on target. Perhaps the hardest case to make to a congregation to engage in 21st Century ministry is the point made here – 60-40-20 congregations don’t believe they are in the 21st Century. The ten assumptions really are striking and reflect where many (if not most) established congregations are at, no matter denominational tribe.
Sadly, most do not realize that 60-40-20 is a road to eventual irrelevance and organizational death.
The Anglican Church Is Growing In The UK….Surprised? You Shouldn’t Be – The Revangelical Blog – Revangelical Blog – Brandan Robertson- Rethinking. Reforming. Renewing..
Okay, its been a long time since I have been active on Wired Jesus but looking ahead, the time seems right to get back in the saddle again.
Some interesting trends are gaining momentum in the larger Christian community and the most significant seems to be Millenials’ desire to go ancient. Specifically, the attraction to traditional liturgy and ancient ritual rather than Boomer praise worship and music. What started as a niche interest 5-10 years ago is turning into a growing movement back into mainline Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox congregations. Definitely worth a preChristmas podcast if I can get the final unresolved feed issue fixed.
A Reluctant Millennial On The State of Church | (A)theologies | Religion Dispatches.
An article well worth reading that goes beyond the whole emerging church phenom, which is pretty much over, and instead points to the historic reality of being Church: relational, multigenerational, Christ centered, service oriented. People of every age respond to that in the long run and long term, not who has the coolest band or the best coffee.
Why millennials are leaving the church – CNN Belief Blog – CNN.com Blogs.
Once again, Rachel has some concise insights into why the North American Church is stumbling when it comes to the Millenial generation. Read more on her blog – http://rachelheldevans.com/.
“Eating well in America is a class privilege”: Andrew Zimmern on our expanding—but still inequitable—food culture | Twin Cities Daily Planet.
An excellent article that caught my attention. Yes, I love watching Bizarre Foods and every now and then seek out some of those items. But here Andrew makes what I think is a profound reflection:
“The biggest sadness is that eating well in America is a class privilege. It’s not only the cost of ingredients—most people are time-poor. There are people who watch these television shows and they dream about cooking.”
I posted a response to the article that I think is worth repeating here:
Excellent article, particularly the reflection that we are time poor when it comes to cooking. As a pastor, one of the aspects of faith that we have lost is that of sabbath, of time set aside for rest and renewal. While sabbath is often tied into the thought of a day, we have made evening meal “sabbath” as much as we can. The ritual of meal prep, a cocktail while discussing the day, and time savoring a home cooked meal around the table (yes, even multi-course!) recasts everything. So even if there are evening meetings or school activities, we have had a pause and recharge personally and as a family. I think taking that kind of meal time is as important to health as the freshness of the food. My two cents – it would make a good highlights episode on how other cultures retain the meal as rest, community and faith that we have given up in favor of fast food and fast living.
11 Traits of Churches That Will Impact the Future | careynieuwhof.com.
A quick, well thought out reflection on the need for change in congregations. For those of us who serve in established congregations, this really is must reading for leaders and the led.
The Rules Have Changed, Pastor… (Be sure you know the rules!) • ToddRhoades.com | ToddRhoades.com.
While this article really doesn’t say anything new about the state of the North American Church, it does say it well. We are struggling to come to grips that things have changed and what many of were trained to do no longer makes for effective ministry for growing congregations or disciples. Its not that a chaplaincy model is/was wrong. It worked for a time in the congregational setting. But a pastor confined to a chaplaincy role in a congregation today is doing hospice care if he/she remains as the focus of all relationships and permission giving in a congregation. Check it out.
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RIP, Rob Bell – Michael Kimpan – Red Letter Christians.
A thoughtful look at what may yet come out of the obvious cultural changes regarding homosexual relationships, the meaning of marriage, and the implications for the church.
Greg Carey: Rob Bell Comes Out for Marriage Equality.
Well, this has been the big buzz on twitter and elsewhere among the socially networked religious types. My guess? Evangelicals – we told you so, heretic. Rob Bell fans – we told you so, Christians eat their young/condemn their best and brightest. It will be interesting to watch, listen, and eventually find my own time to weigh in. Let the games begin.