Breaking Babel #02231242
(I will confess that I’ve done this more than I’d like to admit. I’ve had to repent because this sin has plagued me in the last few years of working in a church.)
There is an evil that plagues the leadership of many churches.
It’s overstimulation and ADHD.
This is prevalent in our consumeristic culture and it’s hard to break free from it. My inbox, mailbox, and voicemail are always full of the latest programs, ideas, or teachings that are going to change those I’m called to. (the problem is that God saves and no training tool or conference can come close).
We see this in sermon series and in gimmicky worship services. In an attempt to keep it fresh, we are constantly trying to “spice up” the Gospel. I’m not saying that creating creative stories to express the Kingdom is inherently wrong (heck it worked for Jesus, Peter, and later Paul). The constant shifting can also create a confusion over what the “missio dei” (mission of God) is for that congregation. Maybe the churches aren’t actually restoring “human trafficking” in our area because we talk about it and then the week we are on to something else. (NW Houston is one of the worst places in the U.S.)
Change is good. Change is Biblical (see Romans 12v1-2). Change is moving and movement, and the Spirit isn’t still.
However, the constant shifting of goals and teaching are not necessarily signs of transformation. Transformation is an internal shift that God is doing. I think sometimes we mask the lack of transformation by creating a change on the external activities of the Church.
We know that we shouldn’t be static, but instead of relying on God to change things as we offer up our will back to Him, we create our own change. We shift teaching because we aren’t patience. We struggle to worship the simple Truth week in and week out that God loves us. We believe that we will bore people with the Bible so we create programs and events to keep it fresh.
Question to help.
I. Are we changing things up constantly because we are afraid that Gospel isn’t enough?
II. Does changing the external aspects of church mask the fact that we are not being transformed? Are the changes creating more patience, peace, gentleness and self-control?
III.Could people in your congregation explain what they’ve been taught over the last 6 months?
IV. Are our teachings trying to change who we reach or are they trying to change those we reach? (tricky question)