I also hear talk of revival, but even passionate believers with charismatic magnetism need to have a plan; a method of working that accomplishes the deeds of Heaven. It cannot be a legalistic framework, but must be a living breathing organism that can adapt to the changing needs of the church, and the surrounding community.
I talk a lot about what the church must do to jettison religious paradigms. Today I thought I would spell it out with opposites in no particular order.
|Knowing about God||Knowing God|
|Services||Spirit Led Meetings|
|Programs||Spirit Led Teaching|
|Pastor-centric Cells||5-Fold Equipped Elders|
|Efforts of Man||Works of God|
|Clergy Dominated||Participating Communities|
|Religious Meeting Oriented||Highly Relational|
|Attending Church||Being the Church|
|Member Focused||Community Focused|
|Cloning||Staffing for Weaknesses|
|Corporate Structure||Biblical Structure|
|Back Room Meetings||Full Financial Disclosure|
I'd be interested in what you think - but if you don't comment, at least vote.