The Buzz and the Bible about Church

The buzz in the coming generations is that we do not need the church, the dedicated buildings, the hierarchical authorities, the dished-out ministries. 

I was six or ten years old when teachers came to our church or gathered us in conventions and retreats to teach us how to witness for Jesus and bring people into the church. I and my mother went out and did what we were taught.

I was in my later teens and early twenties when the watchword became, "They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." My mother and I worked together to show we cared.

I watched consultants come and go, consultants for fundraising, and consultants for leadership. During that time God allowed me the privilege of planting a church.

I now have both a trusted consultant and a brilliant coach, though for both of them I bring the agenda and assign my own homework. Furthermore, I have a vision of the several churches in my area, pastors and people alike, being consultants and coaches for each other.

These six ways of thinking about the work of church are discussed in the book, Pursuing the Full Kingdom Potential of Your Congregation, by George W. Bullard, Jr. ((St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press, 2005), 214-5.) I lived them and I recognize them.

I intend in this series of articles to examine some of the trends or groupings of thought on church transformation or adaptation to the culture of the coming generations. I will keep a growing bibliography of books that feed my thinking along these lines.

First, I invite you to explore this site, especially the Who We Are menu. After gaining an idea of who I am, check out the What Is Church article for some quick thought starters about church.

Second, let's get some thorough biblical grounding before going on to another bibliography. I invite you to my book, Third Millennium Church. The first half of the book, as you can see, is my own paraphrase of 1 Corinthians to get us immediately into the Word. The second half is a series of essays I was moved to set down after my extensive work in this epistle.

Think, enjoy the process, and communicate.

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