I’m dreaming of a church that is:
1. Open to others. Not a fort against the world, but a thanksgiving table with an open seat for anyone.
2. Expanding the government of heaven. Not trapped in politics — not preaching the values of the religious right or the left, but contending for Christlikeness that is both a higher demand and a lighter burden.
3. An active part and participant in the community extending neighborly generosity and working for the common good and human flourishing.
4. A place of community and conversation. The Sunday service is less school and more family gathering.
5. A place of diversity. Not a church that is primarily led by and for one race, one generation, or one class; but empowers all, because the Spirit empowers all. A church that reflects the demographics of the entire community but also gives special place and care to the downtrodden and disenfranchised.
6. A church that values the arts and is artistic and creative in worship and in creating a worship space and environment.
7. A church that contends for the presence of God in passionate worship and prayer.
8. An ancient / future faith. A church that values the traditions of the past—that actively incorporates liturgical practices and weekly eucharist—while implementing the opportunities of new media to make mature disciples (people who can hear God’s voice for themselves, and obey it).
What’s your dream?
I’d be interested to know what you think. Do any of these resonate with you?
Even if you choose not to share it here, I encourage you to dream away. And then pray about the things that God is speaking to your heart.
6 thoughts on “I’m Dreaming Of a Church…”
Enjoyed reading this! Your dream for the church is the same as mine. I am hoping in our life time we can catch a glimpse of church in the way you described.
I hope so, too. And I believe it does exist.
I think Paul would have envisioned a similar church. He called us on our junk and evidenced repeatedly that humans are imperfect creatures prone to make selfish decisions. Do you think he felt like he was hitting his head against a brick wall begging people to see how community in Christ should/could be?
Good question. I do think as you read 2 Corinthians in particular, you get a glimpse of a frustrated man who is not holding back.