248Re: [findingfaith] On finding like minded Xtians: to Stephen Shields
- Feb 9, 2002In a message dated 2/9/02 1:35:39 PM Central Standard Time, briancrcc@...
>I think we are going to have to see the people of God become hungry for a
> Jim -- I just wanted to say that I receive quite a few emails like yours in
> response to ANKOC ... so, the irony is that there are a lot of people
> like they're "the only one." Proportionately, the number might still be
> rather insignificant, but I think it's growing, and I think that if our
> patience (as you said) is sufficient, we'll see some encouraging signs.
> course, I'm generally an optimist because the alternative is so boring.)
> Speaking of optimism ... you're probably right that Neo's ideas about
> churches transitioning are overly optimistic. But one has to start
> somewhere, and hope is a better starting point, I think, than non-hope
> (especially when God is factored in!). We'll see what happens!
> Also ... the emergent website is another place where Christian leaders are
> grappling with this stuff. www.emergentvillage.org.
> -- Brian
fresh move of God and a dissatisfaction with the "way things are." The Church
is going to have to come out of it's slumber and wake up to the fact that we
are not reaching the world or making an impact in the way we should. I think
there is a small remnant begining to emerge but they come forth out of need
My husband and I planted a church four years ago with the vision of restoring
vertical and horizontal relationship, of team ministry, of nameless and
faceless people left wounded by the church along the way being restored, of
true worship and not performance...about living outside the box, about seeing
things from God's vantage point not our own (very Neo-ish) We lasted three
years but could never get the people to see beyond themselves, their isolated
worlds, what they wanted God to do for them and "their ministries." I feel
certain there are believers looking for a leader with a post-modern vision to
follow but they haven't found each other.
I don't know if it is easier to take an existing congregation into a
postmodern model or to start one. I know in Tulsa, OK we tried starting one
but it died...ahead of it's appointed time here. We will try again as the
Until then let us encourage one another that he has given the vision to those
who will follow it through in the right timing.
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