“It isn’t courage that overcomes our fear, it is our curiosity.”
That may have been the best thought from our two days at the Cornerstone Knowledge Network (CKN) meeting in Chicago this week.
There was good conversation about ministry and facilities of course, and Ed Stetzer taught us why Rick Warren’s “Purpose Driven” and Bill Hybel’s “Seeker Sensitive” movements have declined in their influence as church paradigms. But more important, the week helped us get a sense for what cultural shifts may take their place and how to connect ministry with them.
The “Generation We” video from Monday’s post sheds some light on this shift as well, but people’s comments to it may shed even more. I thought this one was especially thought provoking:
You are confirming what I see in the upcoming generation. I call them the Joshua/Caleb generation. They have the Canaan (promised land) in their sights and they want it. They spied out the land, and they can see that it is good.
I just hope the Church does not sit back and let Obama be their Moses. The way it is shaping up, Obama is posed to be just that in their lives and is using the internet and other methods to connect and send the young to spy out the land. The phrase “yes we can” sounds a lot like “we are well able.”
Woe to the Church if we are like the other 10 that brought back the fearful report and believe we can’t change things for the better. I’m determined not to waste another forty years in the wilderness, and hope the rest of the Church is just as determined.
Could it be that we lose our fear…when we stop depending on our courage to protect the present and are motivated instead by our curiosity for God’s future blessing?