Risking Something or Nothing?

Reflecting on the Church can be a convoluted undertaking. So many diverse voices and so many distinct ideas cause a great deal of confusion. Of course the distinction between "a church" (a localized gathering of Christ-followers) and "the Church" (referencing ALL Christ-followers) tends to be a starting place where people get confused.

Today, in the Church, there are a few different streams of thought unfolding about where the Church is headed. Different churches (in the west primarily) are handling the cultural changes with different approaches.

From the outset, I don't agree with Mark Driscoll on some things. Thankfully, in the Church, it really doesn't matter. What he identifies in this interview are 4 different streams of thought which deal with what is happening in the Church and how different churches are responding:



Being missional is far from something "reformed churches" have a monopoly on. What is before the Church and within churches, is a healthy reflection and discussion on what it means to be the Church, what it means to be Jesus-followers and in all cases it is a movement to risk.

In their book The Upside, Adrian J. Slywotzky and Karl Weber address risks that face business but also, I think, the same risks inherent in the decisions and discussion found in how churches respond to culture.
They are namely:

project risk (when your next big initiative fails)

customer risk (when customers abandon you)

transition risk (when unexpected changes in technology or business design undermine your company)

unique competitor risk (when a Wal-Mart rides roughshod over your industry)

brand risk (when your brand becomes irrelevant or unappealing)

industry risk (when your industry becomes a no-profit zone)

stagnation risk (when growth grinds to a halt)

(How To Help Your Company Focus on the New World of Risk)

The model should for the Church and ultimately churches, reflect the risk taking of Jesus Christ...

...Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death-- even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:6-8)
Everyday and every moment is opportunity to take risk. Jesus-followers ought not be slowed or stopped by risks for it is in moments where we risk it all, the world catches glimpses of our authenticity and the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.




May I Ask: How did it feel the last time you took a risk? How did it change you?

May I Suggest: Look for places to risk today, even if it is something small. Do it and share what you learned here.

1 comments:

Rev. Whit Martin said...

Hey Ken,

I enjoyed this post very much. It is something that has been bugging me quite a bit and I get loopy trying to keep up with the jargon and multiplicity of ideas that are going around. It's really spinning folks. I'm going to think on it, pose a few questions in my blog. Thanks for your work, bud.

Whit

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