Something big is happening in the worldwide church. We seem to be gearing up for a tremendous shift which will impact the way we interact with the world and with each other. It’s already happening in countless churches who have bucked the status quo and no longer rely on a performance-driven model which positions 99% of God’s people as passive spectators and dependent consumers.
I was excited to read the promotional material for the church-planting conference, Exponential ’13, which is happening in America right now. Based on the theme Discipleshift, it’s about helping churches “make disciples who make disciples” by going through five major shifts;
From reaching to making
From teaching to modeling
From attending to participating
From connecting to transforming
From attracting to releasing
Yesterday’s church fed into a mindset which allowed the majority of people to sit passively, while the professionals did all the work. Tomorrow’s church needs to be set up very differently to create an environment where everyone is involved, everyone is active, everyone has a voice, a value and an impact. It’s a shift which requires more than tweaking our song choices and sermon themes – it requires a rethink of how we lead, how we learn, and how we live alongside one another.
The church worldwide is starting to shift. It may take time, but there are big signs and small signs that it’s already underway. Strap in and come for the ride!