If you have followed me to this point, you are familiar with the notion that the earliest church was like a caravan, a group of committed believers on a journey to a destination of maturity and witness.
One of the hardest realities of church life in North America is that worshippers are also customers or consumers—it’s as if the image of church as “company store,” used in one of the earlier Caravan blogs, has come to full development.
The more powerful we become, the more the words of Jesus seem strange to our modern sensibilities
We have come to the end of Christendom, and while denominational identity lingers, many of feel an unsettledness that we cannot name.
Now we have come to another place in history where the church has become powerful in the ways of the world yet ineffective in God’s mission.
The Western church became intricately intertwined with the governmental powers of the declining Roman Empire.
How did the church morph from being a Caravan, a people on a journey, to a company store?
God gives leaders so they can equip God’s people to do ministry toward the destination of reaching unity in faith and knowledge which moves us towards maturity.
What did Jesus envision? There has to be more than the way we are doing it, right?
Most pastors are looking for the former but living in the latter. Surely there is more than this.