I love getting around innovative leaders. I had lunch and dinner yesterday with some of the other communicators at the conference I was speaking at in BC. We had leaders from California, BC and Ontario in on the conversation, and we began to reflect on the changes happening in the church today.
- Something in the church is shifting deeply for people under 30. They desire both anonymity and relationship (relationship on their terms). Their tolerance for hypocrisy is minuscule. They are searching for something real, something meaningful, something personal and interactive. I’ve seen this in our community, and it’s a change that excites me. We might be moving to an era where there is little tolerance for "playing" church and a deep desire to be the church.
- Two of the lead pastors were doing major series on hypocrisy. The guy from California is in one right now, and I’m planning a major series for January 08. We wondered allowed whether we could do 52 Sundays next year where all we did was say "love God, love others" and help people integrate that into their lives. This is where most of us fall down. We were kind of joking about preaching the same message 52 times, but I wonder what would happen if Christians were the most loving people. What kind of teaching and what kind of environment in our community groups would lend itself to people truly being transformed into Christ-likeness. Isn’t that what people long for — to be different than we are? Do we too often settle for breadth of information, and not depth of application of what we already know in our lives?
What do you think?