Tuesday Re-mix –
“If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” Mark 8:38
So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord… 2 Timothy 1:8
There is a lot of talk these days about “being the church” and about missional people and about moving “church” outside the walls of our church buildings. I love all that talk. I agree with it! But sometimes it feels to me like a lot of talk but very little actual implementation. Sometimes it feels to me like “the church” knows it should be moving in that direction but does not really want to move in that direction. It is, after all, very different from what our traditional churches have grown comfortable becoming.
One of the “tweaks” I think might help us is to re-think our criteria for choosing leadership in the church. Doesn’t our list of qualities for “leaders” among God’s people resemble pretty closely the qualities for leadership in the secular world? We look for charisma, competence, a good track record, good communication skills, and then, of course, we add spiritual qualifications like prayer and discernment. But would you also agree that, in most cases, we are looking for people who have “wowed” us with their presence and skills inside the church? I do see the merit in that…in order for them to be influential among God’s people, they definitely must have a testimony inside the church. But if we are trying to shift our culture from being overly inward-focused to being more outward-focused, shouldn’t we be looking for leaders who already have that mindset? If we are wanting to move toward “being the …