I made a quick trip to my hometown of Peoria to my former church, Riverside Community Church for their Related Leaders seminar with Leonard Sweet.
So why in the Church are we still using words instead of story… arguments instead of metaphor? (Why do we memorize Bible verses instead of Bible stories?)
- The Church should be one of the most creative, imaginative places on earth.
- Holiness is not isolation, it’s insulation.
- God is up to something and the question we need to answer is, “Do we know God well enough to know what He’s up to?”
- Churches don’t need mission statements, we already have one. It’s called the Great Commission.
- One of the worst things that could ever be said about someone is that they were in the presence of greatness and they didn’t recognize it.
- Pilate was the first postmodernist. He looked in the eyes of Truth and asked what truth was.
- As the book was the delivery system in the Gutenberg world, the cell phone (mobile technology) is the delivery system for faith and learning in the Google world.
- Praise music is not meant to be performed but participated in.
- Illustrate points, animate experiences.
- In Medieval times, the Church saved arts; in the Google world, the arts may save the Church.
- It’s not our job to make the Word of God “alive to people” – it’s already the living Word of God. Our job is to help people come alive to what is already living.
- Image is everything. Jesus Christ is the image of God. How do we lift up the image of Christ to the world?
- Every Starbucks is an indictment against the church – they’ve created the Third Place that the Church should be.
- A missions trip is not something you take, it should be your entire life.
- Oftentimes God is more at work in the world than He is in the Church. Too often we get in the way of what God is doing when we get into what we are doing instead of what God is doing.
- The Church should be a place where you come so you can GO.
- 2/3 of the Word of God is “go.”
- Our goal should never be numbers or converts, but making disciples.
- All of our methods of defining a “successful” church are based on consumption standards.
- The one thing we don’t like to say about Christian leadership is that we are not the leader – Jesus is.
- Leadership is not a role, it’s an activity.
- We were made for a mission to be on mission.
- Many churches need to re-invent and re-conceive themselves.
Final thoughts: While this is all a bit scattered, I think the message is clear. The world is changing while the church has remained the same, and we’re beginning to see the devastating results as the younger, Google generation is moving away from the church. This isn’t about being relevant, hip or cool… it’s about incarnating the Gospel in a culture that is looking for beauty, truth and meaning. Our job is to translate the Gospel in a language that is connecting and to provide experiences for people to encounter the Living Christ.