Very interesting interview by Michael Moynagh on the Fresh Expressions website. Michael Moynagh has recently written a largish tome called Church for Every Context (I’m currently part way through) which looks at how church is emerging in this country (and especially through the work of Fresh Expressions of Church). Michael is director of Research for Fresh Expressions as well as being the codirector of the Tomorrow Project which advises businesses and Government on social trends.
His main aim here is to see that for church to flourish in this country it needs to adapt. There will be a place for existing forms of church but there needs to be much more resource and effort put into new forms of church. Here we run up the perennial problem that the existing members of most churches “like what they like”. There is therefore a huge push-back by the church (as an institution) from moving resources from existing churches/ministries to new things. But what happens if that rubs up against what the world needs? How do we ensure that there is a balance between meeting people in the church’s needs and those outside the church?
One of the interesting observations he makes is how with the coming of the Industrial Revolution life became compartmentalised. Home and work (and church was left in home) and then in the 20th century the expansion of leisure and the church wasn’t there and then its lack of presence in the eco movements and political movements.
His point is that we need to be the church in every context and not limit ourselves and view ourselves as only in one place. It is fascinating that all the things that we are doing outside the church – Cafe Connect, the MiX, Footsteps etc are flourishing and people are connecting and asking questions and seeking. Should we be doing more? Should we be making more of an impact?
Watch the video and let me know what you think.