Happy New Years (plural)
We have recently begun two new years: the last Sunday of November began Advent which initiated a new Christian year; last Friday we began a new calendar year (and decade). It is appropriate for ruling elders and ministers to ask some questions:
· Is a can opener a can opener if it can’t open cans?
· Is the church still a church if it doesn’t function like a church anymore?
· If you could start your church all over again, would you do it the same way?
· Why are you doing it the same way now?
These questions, provided by Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch, are especially pertinent for ruling elders, remembering that “ruling” does not mean “making the rules,” but rather “measuring the progress of a congregation.” Has your session considered questions like these?
Do you have a sense of “holy discontent” about your church? What could be done about that? I am interested in your thoughts on this. firstname.lastname@example.org 724 528-1610