IS THE CHURCH STILL RELEVANT TO OUR COMMUNITY TODAY?
Unless you have joined a monastery in the Himalayan mountains for the last 5 to 10 years and on a permanent silent retreat you would know that their is a distinctive shift in our communities and in the Western world in it's relationship to the church. We live in a post modern and some have articulated a post 'church' society.
HEAD FOR THE HILLS!
It would be easier to declare the 'end times' are upon us and we need to huddle together to keep out a dark and sinful world. Leaders of denominations watch in dismay as congregations age and dwindle, their church buildings become a local hip cafe and feel overwhelmed with the continuing negative light the church is painted in the media and cultural and political movements! Many Leaders and Pastors of local churches decide the only way to approach this shift is to continue and strengthen the mindsets and methods that they have always followed to engage with their local community.
A 'REVIVAL' MINDSET TO A 'COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT' MINDSET!
Many Pentecostal churches have had and continue to have a 'revival' mindset. If we pray long and hard enough and live lives that are holy and pure, then maybe God will arrive on planet earth with his awesome power and instantly change our communities. There is no guarantee of when and where revival will arrive, so while we are waiting let's re-examine the last instruction that Jesus himself gave to his disciples who he entrusted with his message and work on planet earth. Matthew 28:19 Jesus says, 'Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations (help the people learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words), baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,'
The modern church has developed into a 'Sunday centric' mentality. It is all about the church building, the Sunday service and how amazing we can make them to attract our communities. More lights, smoke machines, jumping castles and free pizza. Yet the trend of faithlessness to the church continues from parishioners and the irrelevance of church to society pervades the cultural psyche!
LOVE THE BRUTAL FACTS
As a faith community we need to examine these brutal facts that we are now facing, instead of being overwhelmed and hoping someone else will fulfill the 'For Such a time as this' call to action. We need to begin to seek out God breathed answers. The TGIM thought was born out of doing just this and is helping many individuals see that their faith and purpose can be worked out everyday of the week and is helping teach and train Church leaders to think differently about how they engage their community.