Wednesday, 24 February 2010

any Church can grow ..... almost

We had a steering group meeting yesterday for PMC here in the UK. Martin Robinson is part of this and I always listen to his observations and reflections on mission and UK church life. So, when he came out with a 'after all these years, I've come to the conclusion...' statement. I had my ears tuned. What did he say? - 'basically almost any Church can grow .... the difference between those who do and those who don't is down to whether they are prepared to pay the cost of mission.' True/false? It pretty much bears out on practice. Don't we make life so complicated? The question some are posing to Churches is 'what would you do to reach this community if you had XYZ resources?' - it's designed to demonstrate we have the resources if we use them appropriately. However, shouldn't the question be 'what must we do if we have nothing?' Jesus did send disciples out with 'no purse, no bag, no sandals' (if only he'd allowed the sandals eh!). Is this a call to dependency upon God, a warning about how stuff clutters, a call to focus on the keeping the man thing the main thing, or all three?

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