Seeker sensitive, mega church, traditional, contemporary, relevant, post modern, attractional, missional, incarnational, house church, cell groups, small groups, church plant, multi-site, micro church, church growth, church health, simple church, church vision, church mission, church story…
New books are written, church leaders are burnt out, and the beat goes on.
Every week we get more calls from church leaders groping for direction and clarity. But where do we find it? The great poet T.S. Elliot once wrote:
It seems that the Church may very well be arriving back to where we started. It was James who said these words 2,000 years ago:
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
That’s just what we’re seeing today with the renewed ministry focus on discipling and impacting our local communities. Exploration, discovery, and innovation are part of any healthy ministry, but I wonder if this past generation of spiritual exploration is simply bringing us back to knowing for the first time what James knew all along.
What do you think?