Thursday, February 26, 2009

Re-thinking Church Part 2

(2 by 2 paradigm- Service/Ministry)

If we were to mobilize communities of 2s or 3s, 2 or 3 single people, 2 or 3 couples, 2 or 3 families to infect this immediate culture, I believe we would see great return. If these same small communities joined other communities cross-generationally, they could grow through service sectors of our church, greeting, ushering, and nursery, whatever. We can also minister to the world via these small communities.

Instead of doing all missions trips demographically separated, I think it is a good idea to have a few be multigenerational. You can accomplish some specific goals with demographic specific missions trips like High School boys doing inner city mission work or Jr. High Students going to retirement homes to minister. But I think there are some holistic lessons we could learn through multigenerational ministry.

If the couples, the singles and the families all joined together for a missions trip to Peru for example, imagine the conversations that could take place between families, couples and singles. Real mentorship could emerge through these interactions because they are multigenerational. Deep bonding can take place as you accomplish a risky mission together.

If this same group composed of single, married and family oriented individuals served together in the church, I think you would increase the bond between people in the same congregation. Today, many ministries within the church are primarily composed of 1 or 2 generations even though the church may be multigenerational. I think we can do more to bridge the generation gap.

I believe our society wants to see a family that works. With broken families and marriages, our greatest witnessing tool can be a God fearing family. Most of our domestic delinquents come from broken home lives. Many young people have lost faith in the family and lost faith in Marriage. To a generation that rejects the institution of marriage, this is a great way to plug people into community that models a great marriage, and a great family.

This generation won't learn through 5 point outlines, they will learn through engagement, experience is what determines Truth. Truth for many comes from experiance not logic.


Ryan B said...

Good post. Thanks. I agree that there is great value in all of the body ministering together with the rest of the body. I understand that at times there are some logistic reasons to segregate people by demographic, but we have so much to learn from each other. How does a high school student from a broken home learn what a biblical marriage look like if he is never around one? To quote Alan, "Ministry runs on the rails of relationships". Why do the rails end at the edge of a demographic?

あじ said...

What good is it if something is true but you don't experience it? Truth must meet experience, or it has no value; likewise faith must meet action, or it is dead. A comprehensive faith touches all areas of life, not just personal, individual belief: we talk about it, but how good are we at truly communicating it?

The church may talk about relationships, but how does that look in reality? Mission statements, meetings, programs, and activities quite often tend to get in the way of relationships, especially new relationships; progress becomes very slow.

To be effective, relationships (love - the first commandment) must take center stage. When the most effective action takes place outside the walls of the church building, perhaps the church needs to look beyond its four walls far, far more often than it realizes.

Jake said...

The modern church is not what is defined in the bible. The modern church has been defined by man. Make church what is best for you. If you want to make church a group of 2 or 3 somethings, do it. Don't give a rats ass about anyone else or what they think about you. Mega-church is mega-fail.