I love our church. I don’t know anything else. Like many of you, I was born and raised here. I grew up watching my pastor, grandfather, uncles, cousins, and mother put their hearts and souls into this church. This church was at the center of our lives.
As I have grown up, I continue to love this church. I believe in our beliefs and principles. I believe in how we uphold and value the ministry and worth of each person. I believe in our ability to touch lives even in the darkest of places. As someone that feels a deep calling to serve God and the mission of Christ I am proud that this church is where I live out my calling.
I want you to know that I am writing this solely out of love.
Folks, if we want to survive as a faith movement, if we want our church to continue to be a relevant part of the spiritual lives of generations to come, then things have to change. And we need to not only let them change, we need to drive that change from the bottom up.
Over the next few months, I am going to make my case for why we need to rethink “how” we do church. I am going to make the case that our methods of worship are slow, overbearing, inefficient, and in many cases ineffective. I am going to make the case that our deep desires to reflect the images and successes of larger mega-churches will lead to failure.
“From the Temple to a Cell Group” is my attempt to make the case that in order for us to respond to Christ’s mission for our church we need to think small and intimate and to walk away from both “church” as we know it and our internal desires to “go big”.
While you will not agree with every thought and every word, my hope and prayer is that over the next few months you will receive my thoughts with the spirit that I write them.
I love this church.
I serve a God that loves this world.
I serve a Christ that calls us into the darkest places of the world.
Our future lies serving in those darkest places.
We must change for the sake of that calling….
More to come…
God Bless – Brian