We are living in exciting times, a period of volatile, rapid and even discontinuous change. I think that I can safely say that we 50 plus guys have seen more changes in our lifetimes than our dads and their dads did.
Our churches can change either because they have to in order to survive or change because they want to. This involves embracing the opportunities that God is giving us. There is of course a third option of doing nothing!
Where do we go from here? Most church leaders believe in ‘every member ministry’ but many don`t act on it or encourage it. We church members could perhaps help and encourage them by focussing on making disciples and moving out of our comfort zones.
Jesus said “I will build my church”. So let’s leave that to God and step out of our ‘front doors’ where there is a big harvest waiting. We are not alone, the Holy Spirit is alongside us. This is what Jesus meant when he said, “When the Holy Spirit comes you will do even greater things than I do.”
Let us move closer to the first century church with its movement, love and Spirit filled energy at the grass roots.