I often get a sense that as mainline Christians we don’t understand the significance of our work in the 21st century. Too often we get stuck as we look with dread at church decline and the growing numbers of “Spiritual but not Religious”, as if we are looking over a cliff with no way forward. Our response to this has been a series of reactions:
- Denial with a myopic focus of doing what we have always done within the walls of the church
- Making the church great again by claiming orthodoxy as ultimate morality
- Tinkering at the edges and trying harder with what we know that doesn’t work
- Micromanaging our limited resources of money and gifted leaders hoping that exerting more control will save the institution.
Not only are those responses unrealistic they are also very depressing because we end up wasting time and resources on things that no longer matter. We say we want to “make disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world”, but in all honesty I think it has become more of a rallying cry for saving the institution.
So really, why bother? Why is church so important anyway? And what would make it more relevant now than ever? Continue reading Why Church?