Monday, April 23, 2012

New Churches, New Clergy

http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2012-03/new-clergy-new-churches 

I came across this article in The Christian Century. Interesting read. It seems that some mainline denominations are working to adjust to starting new churches in our changing culture. They are encouraging young clergy and lay people with a passionate faith and an entrepreneurial spirit to start faith communities. This new form of church rises organically in a community and is recognized by the denomination.

 No, while a UMC leader was quoted, there were no examples of this type of experimental ministry in the UMC. It doesn't mean they don't exist (look to Carl Gladstone's efforts in Detroit.) However, our system makes this type of creative church planting difficult. "Stream Line" and "Fast Track" are not common terms in UM circles,,

General Conference will deal with legislation tied to the Call to Action report (find the report at umc.org), but as far as I can tell, we're not going to be legislating a culture of passionate spiritual entrepreneurs. My prayer is that God will lead us to creative ways to be the church, despite ourselves. 

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