Fellow blogger, local church leader and provocateur Miguel Labrador loves to post challenging questions on Facebook.
This morning he posted this:
Does the local church root people in community, or does community root people in the local church?
Here was my response:
A church planted in existing community is much more likely to take root and thrive than trying to create community from church. The later seldom actually succeeds, and you end up with more of an organization than authentic community.
Jesus said to go and transform (make disciples) the nations (i.e., cultures) of the world, not come and gather around us and our church and its culture.
This is a huge shift in perspective that needs to happen in both the missional and the organic/simple church communities. They want folks to come and become part of fellowships in order to create community, when in fact that hasn’t really worked out too well.
In our area, we are going and letting Christ take root in existing communities, and churches then arise indigenously with community already in place.
What say you?