Declining memberships. . .
Aging members who’ve never questioned the church as system/institution. . .
Stories like this cover of Newsweek two weeks ago. . .
What’s a church to do?
Maybe what we need is a movement, a movement back to our roots, back to the foundational “value propositions” of our faith. . .ancient, but powerful; Hebrew and Christian. . .
A movement grounded in scripture, tradition, reason and experience. . .
A movement that could be catalytic, that could spark a real life change for the poorest, the weakest and the most vulnerable among us. . .
A movement that could, that can happen right here. . .
And a movement that is so full of truth and power and hard work that once begun with hearts engaged and heads down in the grit of the work, a church might just look up and find its sanctuary full again without any focus on that sort of thing at all!
If. . .if, the church will surrender itself to the mission Jesus pursued.