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Thursday, April 22, 2004

I've been pretty absent of late from posting here, but I read this quote today and instantly thought of the Re-Imagining Youthministry blog -

"If we watch ourselves honestly we shall often find that we have begun to argue against a new idea even before it has been completely stated."
- Wilfred Trotter

So true and often exhibited in the church. May God have mercy on our small minds and shortsighted visions.

Friday, April 02, 2004

I think that we are in a world where progress is (wrongly) measured through gigantic institutional changes; as if this machine we call Church Inc. is going to be turned with the flip of a switch... but lately I've been believing more in the power of one to do what is within one's locus of influence. What if we quit trying to change the institution of the church, and instead change OUR institutions of the church? What if the fundamentals underlieing our reformation lie only under our own feet? There's no reason big bad First Presbyterian or Celebration Mega Jesus World have to change, in order for what we want to happen to happen: which is for our ministry (that's YOU and ME) to be pleasing and fulfilling to God and His call for YOU and for ME. So why don't we look at our own spheres of influence and simply start there? If the big bad corporate churches want to change, they will. If not, they'll either progress to mega-magnificence (thereby selling out or proving us wrong, or both or neither) or they'll die. Let 'em do either.

Thursday, April 01, 2004

So how do we as "youthworkers" reform the church? Problem is we see the problems, but nobody is listening