If you watched the videos from the last post, thank you. And now you’re one step ahead.
The next step is to read this article in the NYTimes online.
Now, compare the two. And think about how your congregation works.
Does your congregation ask and answer the Three Key Questions? If so, what is the role of your minister and other leaders?
Or, like the Times article says, do people in your congregation “increasingly want pastors to soothe and entertain them”? If so, what is the role of the minister and other leaders?
All of this, really, is about mission. Soothing and entertaining the members and visitors is NOT a sufficient mission for a congregation. It isn’t healthy for clergy or members or leaders or visitors or the world. It is not what our congregations are meant to be or do.
And sadly, more and more, it seems the consumer culture is influencing churches rather than the other way around. But we can change that. A church with a mission can be a counter-cultural force that encourages people to believe, remember, and live lives that have a higher purpose and a deeper calling.
And that will keep us all from burning out.