This post is from the defunct blog “Dying Church”
Critiquing the status quo is a lot easier than trying to plant and pastor a different kind of church and change the status quo. (Brian McLaren, The Church in Emerging Culture)
It's time for a confession. It's been obvious for a while, but I might as well admit it. I don't have a clue what I'm doing. It's true. I'm not exaggerating (not much, anyway). I remind myself of a bachelor who professes to have no interest in getting married while he gets ready for a date. One minute, I post that I'm accepted into a Doctor of Ministry program on preaching. The next minute, I wonder out loud if preaching has any place within the worship service of a church. One minute, I talk about leading dying churches. The next minute, I'm collecting a paycheck from a church that hasn't yet died. What gives? To use another metaphor, I sometimes feel like I've got one foot in the saddle of a horse that's about to keel over, and another foot in the saddle of a horse that's just getting started. The only problem is, I don't know where the second horse is going. But at some point, I've got to choose: go with the one that's dying or not? The answer's pretty obvious, but I still find myself with one foot in the saddle of something that sure looks like it's dying. (By this, I mean the North American church.) My only consolation is that I'm not the only one. God is raising up people all over the world who are sick of the church the way it is and won't take it anymore. We're trying to figure it out, but it's not like somebody's left us a map. It's going to be an interesting journey.