I am off to Sydney to speak at a youth camp this weekend and then on to Brisbane to catch up with my mate Benny Zambra, then on to .acom National Retreat for the week. I come home Friday, head to Kalgoorlie the following Tuesday, into see my doctor Thursday(… no more kids…get it??) Then off to Melbourne the next week for Forge national conference for 5 days.
So I think I will just avoid the blog for a month. But as I am heading off to Forge National Conference I thought I would leave you all with a word from Mr Forge – Alan Hirsch…just in case you were wondering if he (or I) was anti-church… (I happen to love the Church!)
“…we are not denying the validity of the larger church. On the contrary, we firmly believe that we need a diversity of models of church in the emerging global cultures, and the large church surely must be one of the models. But that’s the point-it should be only one of the ways of doing and being church. We need eco-diversity to create long-term organic, spiritual, health.”
Taken from pg 211 of The Shaping of Things To Come
But just as a parting word I can’t resist this disturbing article on the state of the church I love, George Barna, credible researcher, suggests that this church of ours is heading down a dangerous path to destruction…‘not mine’ you say, ‘my church is doing fine’, this church he speaks of, The Church, is your church, – heads out of sand….now!
“In 2002 Barna wrote, “It is quite astounding that although Protestant and Catholic churches have raised – and spent – close to one trillion dollars on domestic ministry during the past two decades, there has been no measurable increase in one of the expressed purposes of the church: to lead people to Christ and have them commit their lives to Him.”
In 2005, [he] states, “Nothing is more numbing to the Church than the fact that it is mired in a rut of unfathomable depths. The various creative approaches attempted over the course of this decade have drawn much attention but produced little, if any, transformational impact.”