Over the next few months I'll be heading to several international destinations in a new role with Mennonite Church Canada. I'll be connecting with various partner churches to help them find ways to generate income in order to increase financial independence in a sustainable way. Check back here for updates and stories!
Keith Miller critiquing the current trend in church planting to elevate urban planting to a place of greater strategic importance over planting in smaller towns or rural areas.
Maybe this is because the metro-evangelicals are not counter-cultural, but rather a baptized version of New Urbanism. In a culture that idolizes living in a loft in a gentrifying art district, a church planter is not exactly bearing a cross in deciding to "rough it" under such conditions.
I agree wholeheartedly with Miller's critique, but that could be largely because I am working in a decidedly non-urban area and thus prefer to elevate rural-centric church planting!
In the end churches need to be planted wherever people aren't following Jesus and the last time I checked that was both in rural and urban areas.
From the late great Michael Spencer:Preaching Grace is Risky Business
We really don't believe grace can conform our lives to Christ more effectively than law. I mean we don't. We think we need the law to keep us in line. Especially, we think we need the terrors of the law to frighten us into being good Christians. It's the "law/grace/law" model. This kind of legalism just overruns Christianity.
Check out this post from Brant Hanson about giving.
Money (hehe) quote:
Balance. Planning. Moderation. That's how we like to give, when we do it. Makes total sense.
Too bad Jesus never mentioned any of that.
From David Fitch: Is Missional Doomed? Money Quote:
We, the missional church, its thought leaders and practicioners, are in danger of allowing “Missional” to become another commercialized program we overlay on top of existing American church structures. The result is that nothing really changes. It just sounds better. The labels have been changed but everything remains the same.
From Daryl Dash: The Cost of Church Revitalization Money Quote:
Talk about sobering! Church revitalization is possible, but it's rare. According to statistics, most existing churches are in a state of plateau or decline. The good news is that these churches can be turned around, at least in theory. The bad news is that most of them will never pull out of their decline.
Just a quick note. I am rebooting the site. The old site will be offline soon, and all the content gone unless I decide to repost some of the stuff here. Cheers!