An article primarily about pastors and churches making the foray into social media, but the important takeaway for me was: experimentation, at any level of ecclesiology, requires the risk of awkward silence.
They’ve rescued bars and restaurants and shabby houses, but this month reality television stars are set to rescue something new.
“Church Rescue” will debut Monday (Nov. 11) on the National Geographic Channel, featuring the most unlikely of reality TV stars: church consultants.
The series will feature three “Church Hoppers”: the Rev. Kevin “Rev Kev” Annas, a business analyst; the Rev. Anthony “Gladamere” Lockhart, a marketing specialist; and the Rev. Jerry “Doc” Bentley, a spiritual counselor.
“The Church Hoppers exist to build balance in church through systems, business and marketing,” said Lockhart, who like his fellow rescuers comes out of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Probably going to have to watch this.
Ahh the American Church….where affluent young adults will willingly throw down $3,000 of mommy and daddy’s money every year to jet off to a third world country and take pictures with smiling brown children, but can’t be bothered to talk to someone next to them in their own congregation who looks remotely unusual.
There’s no money in meh
The church I would go to with my family in the blue ridge mountains was built like this, so instead of stained glass, there was just sheet glass looking out to God’s own creation behind the altar.
It was a good decision
When interviewing pastoral candidates to lead a new initiative in church planting, it’s likely that the search committee will ask all the right questions regarding the core skills and gifts a pastor will need to effectively shepherd an established church. However, it has been my experience after serving an established church for five years before embarking on the hazardous but rewarding adventure of church planting two years ago, that the gifts that serve a pastor well in an established congregation, like leading public worship, pastoral care, teaching, and program development, will be virtually useless without a subset of entrepreneurial sensibilities that are easy to spot after the fact but hard to name before.
In fact, it is highly likely that without these unique sensibilities present in the church planter, the new church will fail to distinguish itself as worthy of the time, money, and trouble it takes to start a new church from scratch. Absent these tendencies, the more likely outcome is a reincarnation of the same kind of church we excel at sustaining now.
If that is the case, why bother?
To that end, presented here is a series of questions a search committee interviewing candidates for their church plant might consider in addition to those questions they already know to ask.
Genuine Humility says, “We’re all in this together.” We’re all struggling along the journey of life. We all stumble. We all have questions, and doubts, and wonderings about the mind of God. None of us is more God-graduated than the next. We are all children of God–rather than officers with escalating ranks.
So, what might we pursue to become the kind of humble church Jesus desires? Let me suggest a few simple ways to show Genuine Humility.
Please understand, there’s nothing wrong with being a small church. I just know that almost every small church leader I speak to wants his or her church to grow. I get that. That’s the mission of the church.
Every single day, I want our church to become more effective in reaching one more person with the hope that’s in Christ. So why is it that most churches never break the 200 attendance mark?
A great read by local pastor Jodi Houge (of Humble Walk).
Her most important note? ”They will know we are Christians by our tips.” Seriously. Pay for what you ate (this was a problem at a friend’s theology pub last year!), and take care of the people who served you. Basic human decency, much less Christian charity and kindness!
Several years ago I met with a woman distraught by her son’s rejection of Christianity.
She said, “I did everything I could to raise him right. I taught him to be like the ‘heroes of faith,’ with the faithfulness of Abraham, the goodness of Joseph, the pure heart of David, and the obedience of Esther.”
She wondered why he rejected Christianity.
I wondered why it took him so long.