You're right, organization of some kind is essential and your point is well taken. Let me make one last comment that will hopefully bring this back full circle to the original topic of evolutionary and revolutionary models.
From the revolutionary perspective, it's not a matter of "deconstructing" what exists (though admittedly some do think that way) as much as it is a matter of finding new pathways for the Gospel and new expressions of body life for those who have never been a part of our Christian “system” (particularly for those in rocky soil nations).
Clearly, we're in the middle of yet another major paradigm shift in church history and the “positive way forward,” as you put it, is regrettably going to be a bit messy.
George Barna, in his thought provoking book “Revolution” states the following: “The revolution is not about eliminating, dismissing, or disparaging the local [institutional] church…. The core issue isn’t whether or not one is involved in a local [institutional] church, but whether or not one is connected to the body.... The revolution is about recognizing that we are not called to go to church. We are called to be the church.”
He goes on to say that his research shows that about 30% of “true” believers in America are already functioning as a body outside our current institutions (particularly amongst home schoolers). Clearly God is at work in a way that most of us are completely unaware, not to mention being totally out of our control.
The so-called evolutionary model and the so-called revolutionary model both play key roles in advancing God’s kingdom. We need both expressions and which side of the fence we sit will no doubt be determined by God's calling in our lives.
(btw, for an interesting read on "Churchless Christianity" in India, check out this link: http://www.missionfrontiers.org/pdf/1999/0304/articles/04.htm)
Friday, January 30, 2009
Viva la Revolucion! But What Kind?
Scribbled by Jailer
I thought Jailbreaker's last comment to the previous post, "Ministry Models--Jailbreaker's Take", was worth promoting to the main page (and if you haven't paid attention to the conversation, I urge you to go back and read the entire dialogue):