All of this is true and has been. Nothing new here (which is not a criticism). In the 70s, a bestseller was ”The Gospel Balloon”. It was a mythical church that used a hot air balloon as an ”advertisement”. The book was about gimmicks. The social networks of the day were newspapers that everyone read. They had large sections of religion filled with semi-lateral ads of larger, large churches, and preachers of better quality. And the same goes for change and growth, authentic leadership, captivating sermons, energetic worship. But there was no TV or the mountains/beach to lure you in on Sunday mornings. History is repeating itself. I have been in service for 41 years, I hope to be on the front line. My gifts, it seems, were to take tired, old and broken communities and bring them to growth and grace.
The answer to the question is just as provocative. The Church itself is relatively insignificant. When I was young, I fought through life. When I reached the age of 45, I came to the amazing conclusion that what I really needed and hadn`t learned was not available to me. Not at home. Not at school. Not in church. A typical example: sex education. Ideally, I should have learned at home, but it wasn`t available.
At school, it was the film strip and the record, what a joke. In the church was the approach, don`t, don`t, don`t. Oh, your husband, go 2 and enjoy. I read on a Christian site that read the response to the control masturbation instinct was a good book read. Oh, really? God has given us creative minds. Why not use these creative minds and go beyond the three songs, preview the upcoming attractions, hand over the baskets of sacrifices, sermon, blessing and go home. Is it a sin to sit in church singing? Some people seem to think so. I could go on, but enough. Carey, I`m a volunteer, I`m your community, I`m a single mother (never married), and I started a group of single mothers from our church 4 years ago that grew to 100 women. I am part of the core planning team of the Faith Collective Impact #LoveEpidemic for addiction control in Ohio. The scrolling of many of these comments in your speech has just broken my heart, because I am the community to which Jesus calls us, and I hear not only the bitterness and sarcasm of Christians in this article, but I am also on the receiving side of conversations with countless church leaders with whom I speak almost daily, who also have these views (especially when it comes to breaking racism, discrimination and differences between the two countries).
Their contribution was correct, but nothing will work for the Church if we have random transactional operations with programming that does not have a systematic process of collaboration, communication, and engagement. . . .