Ed Stetzer has some thoughts on the evolution of the Church Growth Movement. This quote grabbed me early this morning…
The church can never become the place where I live, work, and play. My neighborhood is where real people live. I am not sent by God to a church facility, ever how convenient and impressive it may be. I am sent away from the church gathered to my tribe and household with the Good News of the Gospel. That is where transformational movements take place that engage every man, woman, and child with the Gospel. So, too many in church growth focused on the barn, rather than how we might live on mission among the white fields. When focusing too much on the barn, we sometimes forget that the wheat will not harvest itself.
I’m living and leading in such a context right now.
(OK, not leading so much. There, I said it….)