Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Parallel ways of being Church

Stuarticus asks in response to my last post:

…It's interesting to consider the different rates of change in the wider community and the church.
Also, change is not necessarily synonimous with improvement..
So, should the church: 
* lead from the front
* keep pace with societal 
expectations or 
* act as a rearguard moderating 
influence?
Wednesday, November 29, 2006

In response I offer the following:

My recent reading would seem to suggest that we do not throw out the old, but that we find other ways of being Church in parallel ways to our existing faith communities, offering a choice without compromising theological or liturgical integrity.

Two separate congregations, sharing the same buildings, ministers and resources, with some cross-fertilisation of membership, opens up possibilities for reaching and making connections with a wider cross-section of new disciples without upsetting the worshipping style of existing congregations.

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