Normal Church
July 15, 2010, 8:39 pm
Filed under: church life, Uncategorized | Tags: ,

One of my Lead Yourself decisions (previous post) that I’ve made is to begin working through a reading list. I’ve got a list a mile long and I’m a slow reader, but I know that consistent reading needs to be a part of my life.

I popped in a LifeWay over the weekend and picked up Transformational Church by Ed Stetzer and Thom Rainer. I’m about 40 pages into it, and so far, so good. I came across a thought that really resonated with me. While describing the expectations the reader should have about the book, they make this statement:

“…we recognize that for some, this book will be too connected to the existing church. They will want something more avant-garde that throws off the old shackles and ideas. This book may seem to be focused on churches as they are rather than how they theoretically should be. And, we are OK with that.

…So, it has fewer buzzwords found in cutting-edge writing. But it is about how God is working and how your ‘normal’ church [emphasis is mine] can be a Transformational Church…”

Let me be honest with you, I’m in my mid-twenties, I’ve been around church my entire life, and the idea of “normal church” doesn’t immediately energize me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not on the “church bashing” bandwagon. I love the church. I have the opportunity to serve at an awesome church on a great staff. Maybe because I’m so surrounded with the church, between what I read in blogs, on Twitter and in the Sword of the Lord (the last one was a joke), I find myself looking for things that are different, trendy and innovative.

I think innovation in ministry is awesome. I want more innovation in church. I think it is obvious God is moving in dynamic ways that are completely different. That being said, “normal” churches are the ones that the majority of us worship in, and to me, that’s where the opportunity is.

I’m young, and It’s easy for me to think that the latest trend in church life is going to usher in the kingdom of God. I’m learning that the greatest opportunities we have at the present time are to plant new churches; and to work with, pray for and to encourage the thousands upon thousands of “normal churches” to join God on His mission. I’m praying that a great move of God comes from within what is currently the “status-quo.”


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Great thoughts. I’ve had some of those same thought processes.

I’ve come to recognize balance as healthy tension, and I think that healthy tension can be of benefit in a position like this.


Comment by Mike Rowell

Mike, those are good thoughts. I appreciate the feedback. – DR

Comment by driddick

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