This reflection can be used with Emilie Townes' video, "The Church is Transforming" either in a group setting or individually to further consider what...
This reflection can be used with Emilie Townes' video, "The Church is Transforming" either in a group setting or individually to further consider what the changing church means.
The following is an adaptation of Aaron Niequist's article, "Church is Bigger Than Church."
I am way more compelled by a church of the people than a church for the people.
I’m becoming increasingly captured by the idea of “the priesthood of all believers”—Church as a movement rather than an institution, and a Church created by the people rather than consumed by the people.
In a church for the people, worship means: Come hear our most gifted artists provide a worship experience that will inspire and bless you. When it’s done, you’ll want to give them a round of applause and thank God for giving such great gifts.
In a church of the people, worship becomes: Prayerful, intentional space that empowers the people to co-create a worship experience—both as individuals and as a body, both at home and when together. The church helps people connect with God and each other.
In a church for the people, evangelism means: Bring your friend to church to hear the pastor explain the truth to them. It exports evangelism to the expert and often reduces the sweeping story of God to presented information.
In a church of the people, evangelism becomes: Training up disciples and launching them out to serve the world and share their story—and helping foster a community so alive and beautiful that people can’t wait to join.
In a church for the people, mission means: Give your money to the church so it can take care of the poor. You write a check, and they’ll take it from there.
But in a church of the people, mission declares: No one knows the poor in your town better than you. Let us help you serve them. And if you don’t know the poor in your town, following Jesus means you’ll need to make some changes. Please let us help you humbly engage, learn from and serve the poor in your town.