Yesterday, I wrote this in Part Two:
In its place is quite the opposite: the Church as an institution must devote itself to the individual. Then, the individual will build the structures necessary to bring about the kind of world that Jesus wanted.
This is a shift from congregation to platform.
Here’s a quick comparison of some typical characteristics of Congregation vs. Platform:
Congregation: Where do you want to end up serving in our church?
Platform: Where do you want to end up serving in the world?
Congregation: How will you give to/invest in our church?
Platform: How can the church give / invest in you?
Congregation: Which of our church’s small groups would you like to join?
Platform: Which groups are you a part of that our church can support?
Congregation: Can you lead one of our church’s ministries?
Platform: Can we help you in making your life a ministry?
By now, you are probably getting the picture. It is likely that many churches are already engaged in this way. But, the key here is in what does or does not matter:
Membership, committees, gatherings, services, tradition, etc – these do not matter so much.
Presence, impact, new ground, etc. – these start to matter a lot more.
There is only so much that can be explained via the medium of email. But, I hope that this gets us started in the right direction.
Until then, be safe and stay committed to digital, diversity, and dreams!
James from PASTORIA
Head of Guidance