This is from an article by Len Hjalmarson. Really good article. Talks about the church.

  • First, significant relationships tend to decline as an organization grows in size. It becomes more and more difficult to connect personally as organizations increase in size and complexity, and thus community itself becomes a rare commodity. Yet the church is first a community, and only incidentally a congregation. When we fail to be a community, we are not truly a church.
I agree in part. I am beginning to wonder if the role of the 'church' is to actually be a community, or if we are to help create communities...
  • Second, bureaucracy increases as organizations expand, and efficiency and management become the chief concerns.
No argument here.
  • Third, large groups organize for safety, not vulnerability.
I think this one is big. I think that the larger your group gets, the less connected every one is, you find more and more hidden weakness and faux righteousness. The answer to this could be to never let the big group replace your small community. Don't ever let people think that by participating in the bigger group that they are actually in a community.
  • There are two types of ministry environment. In one environment a team or teams are formed to assist leaders to develop and implement their vision (purpose). In the second environment a community is formed around a shared sense of passion (belonging). In the team environment success is understood as empowering the group to reach agreed goals. In the community environment success is understood as empowering individuals to belong and to reach their creative potential.
So then... why not have the team environment in place to help bring about the community environment on a smaller scale?


a bright idea...

Workouts Can Lighten Heavy Hearts - Forbes.com

Interesting.... Guess I need to work out more...



the last few decades have belonged to a certain kind of person with a certain kind of mind - computer programmers who could crank code, lawyers who could craft contracts, MBAs who could crunch numbers. but the keys to the kingdom are changing hands. the future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind - creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers, and meaning makers. these people - artists, inventors, designers, storytellers, caregivers, consolers, big picture thinkers - will now reap society's richest rewards and share its greatest joys.
(daniel pink)
Interesting quote... It's funny because my life has followed a similar trend - code and mathematics to interpretation and art. I have moved away from the concrete, finding it lacking in its ability to help me live, and have shifted towards the gray and misty areas of truth. I am finding myself more and more comfortable in the mystery of God.

On the other hand, as I have moved away from concreteness, I have found myself less confident in my rightness (on the large scale at least). I see things more from a human point of view rather than an idealistic one, and that leads, sometimes, to leaving the supernatural out of the equation.

So as I move forward, I guess I need to make sure that I do not leave God behind, but instead keep him in the forefront, as the one being who can really bring about a kingdom of peace. I believe this kingdom to be of God's design, and I believe that we are always inching closer to it, crawling towards zion. Just sometimes we forget that we are.