I just thought it worthwhile to note the following:
I’ve come up with these models, thoughts and ideas based on listening to a lot of material, reading a lot of stuff, conversations with many people, observations on and my own experiences in various church congregations and settings, studying scripture and praying.
I might have some of it wrong.
I might have it all wrong.
It may be that the church you are part of fits into one or a number of the categories perfectly or that it seems to transcend a number of categories. It might be that your church community has picked up bits of various different parts of the models and seems to work well.
I don’t want to be critical, I don’t want to be perceived to be critical or disparaging about anybody, any community, any church group, that’s not the point of any of this.
My aim is to inspire and to spark debate and discussion.
My wish is that you will challenge me, correct me if you think I am in error, offer a different or better way or idea.
My desire is for this to be an ongoing dialogue, a journey that we can discover together.
I value your ideas, input and comments because that improves me, rounds my ideas, gives me a better overall picture and perspective.
Please share with me your experiences and ideas so we can wrestle with making our church communities more appealing to people that have rejected church because of the ways it has been done badly and more faithful to God and His word.
Lets make much of God together, and praise him in all his fullness as he lives in our church communities, as he dwells in the ‘body of Christ’.
Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”