Much has been said about ways to improve, deconstruct, or fix church. …But in our concern, passion and zeal, have we been barking up the wrong tree?
Recently, I posted Where does real church happen? Big vs. small in which I argued that churches should emphasize small gatherings over large gatherings. And I still think I have a point, harrumph. But Keith Seckel gave me loving slap of caution in his comment. I think he and I are on the same page more often than not, so I didn’t quite grasp what he was getting at.
Today Keith is live-twittering updates from a Kingdom and Missionality training event. It looks like it’s organized by Dr. Winn Griffin of Allelon, featuring teaching by Todd Hunter. A couple of tidbits helped me understand Keith’s caution to me. (Twitter updates are limited to 140 characters, so what we get is little nuggets of information.)
Church is not vendor of goods/services. It *is* the product, & :. not worth focus. God is PRODUCER & worthy of focus
The size of church is not ultimate. Church itself is only derivative. From rule/reign of God. Mindset/worldview of God
—Answering a question on Facebook, Keith explained further:
Corollary to church as just the product. The heart of The Producer is more important and is simply that from which the church is derived. So church is secondary. HE is primary — but we focus on church so much…
Keith church model (mega/seeker/small/house) can’t be starting place to foster mindset. But with God’s mindset, any model can work.
Sorry, Keith: You say something, and I just furrow my eyebrows at you. But Todd Hunter says it, and I jump with shock. My gosh! Now I understand that this is what Mike Bishop has been arguing all along, since I first started blogging six years ago: Church is not the point, so don’t be distracted by it.
Jesus is the point.
The kingdom of God is the point.
- Sacramento, CA: March 20-21, 2009
- Shoreline, WA: April 3-4, 2009
- Cane Ridge West, MT: April 16-18, 2009
Cost is a mere $25. Register here.