I’ve been gathering in organic expressions of the church (as defined above) for the last 21 years. And from my observations, many of the people who are leaving the institutional form of church presently are leaving because they are following a spiritual instinct. They are saying and thinking, “There has got to be more to Jesus Christ and his body than this.” Or as Reggie McNeal once put it, “A growing number of people are leaving the institutional church for a new reason. They are not leaving because they have lost their faith. They are leaving the church to preserve their faith.”
Ek hou van sy slotparagraaf:
So many things can replace our Lord. But God’s eternal purpose—that which has been in his heart since before time—will never be fulfilled if our first rattle out of the box is a new way of doing church, a method for multiplying churches, or a technique to change the world. God’s purpose will only be restored if we blindly and singularly make Christ our pursuit, our life, and our motive. Everything else will flow out of that.
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Hoe moet leiers al hierdie gestoeiery met terme verstaan?
Leiers moet poog om so helder en duidelik as moontlik hulle roeping en visie te verwoord. Soms gaan jy ‘n term soos missionêr of organies of wat ook al gebruik om die visie te aksentueer. Daar is tans wêreldwyd baie van hierdie woorde in omloop, wat die patroon skep dat ons in ‘n oorgangstydperk in die verstaan van die liggaam van Christus is. Ongelukkig stel baie van die geestelike leiers hulle kanonne op mekaar en verdedig elkeen sy eie term of visie ten koste van die ander. Dis dan wanneer ek wonder of ‘n term soos organies of missionêr nie ‘n afgod word nie…