Hey, are you a dreamer?

September 29, 2004

[Waking Life]At Soliton, I picked up a copy of Doug‘s book Reimagining Spiritual Formation. There’s a phrase in the beginning that I have begun using in my conversations with people.

Complete this sentence: I dream of a church where…

This is open to everyone. Christian or not, jump in! But here’s da rules: you have to dream of a church not as some entity that finally leaves you alone, but as something you would want to be part of. Go wild.

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

4 responses to Hey, are you a dreamer?

  1. I dream of a church where….
    We allow people to get on “The Way” without forcing them to decide about “The Truth” and “The Life” first. By this I mean that I dream of a church where people are really, truly free to come in an explore faith around people that love Jesus. There have been some artificial experiments where this has happened…places like L’Abri. Imagine if this happened in Cupertino?!?!

  2. … members are united by the Gospel and the Great Commission instead of a particular biblical interpretation, political ideology, race, or economic status.
    … activities and gatherings are among the most integrated in society, not the most segregated.
    … faith is expressed in service, justice, charity, neighborhood kindness, mercy, action.
    (And from my wife) I dream of a church where… grace is abundant and everyone shares the load.

  3. I dream of a church where there are always new people to meet because the church is always out there with the gospel. “All you need is love…”

  4. I dream of a church where acceptance is a practiced reality and expectation is a long forgotten myth.