Posts Tagged ‘church

10
Apr
13

thinking about discipleship and missions

The concept of discipleship is one that I regularly reflect on, asking questions like:

  • How am I growing as a disciple of Jesus?
  • How am I helping others grow as disciples of Jesus?
  • How can I better help others grow as disciples of Jesus?

These questions and others like them are usually not far from my thoughts. So, when I saw a link to an article called “Why the Missional Movement will fail”, I had to read it. It offers some insightful thoughts about the interrelationship of mission, missional living, and discipleship. I also thought it was humorous that several associated articles are about the Missional movement. Even though, he’s really just repackaging in a more edgy way what others have said about the movement, the two-part article is worth reading: Part On and Part Two. I’d be interested to know what you think too!

30
Mar
12

should I stay or should I go now: reasons to leave the church and reasons to return

I ran across these two blog posts that are worth reflecting on if you are frustrated with “the church” or if you are thinking about returning to “the church”. The first blog is the reasons this woman left the church at age 27. The second blog is the reasons this woman returned to the church at age 30.

I think many of these issues are important because they go deeper than just the matters of personal preference. My observations are that many people switch churches for stylistic and/or selfish reasons. But, some leave the church because of more serious matters like crisis, major life changes, or because they fail to see how their church adequately interprets the Gospel into practice (even if they don’t articulate it that way). Other times, there is just a compelling feeling that it’s time to move on, even if you can’t place your finger on it. I find that these deeper reasons are the same ones that cause people to return to church. When tragedy or children or spiritual questions arise, people see the church as the main place to go to find answers, help, or depth.

If you are among those who have left the church, what was it that caused you to leave? What would it take for you to return? What is preventing you from returning? If you are among those who have returned, what was the compelling reason?

I would guess that people who return to church don’t return because of what makes a church “cool” (is that possible?) like logos, marketing, entertainment factors, or the like. So the reasons they do return would then include qualities like depth, authenticity, relationships, etc. Thoughts?




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