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Why does the Church?

Why do Pastors ... Church Leaders ...

Small Group Directors ... Youth/Children Workers ... ?

need to reimagine discipleship?

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In your interview format there is this segment:

  • What roadblocks or resistance, barriers and boundaries, inhibit or prevent leaders from pursuing a discernment-assessment when they commence a journey to re-imagine ministry?

-Fear

-Assuming beneficial models/modes from the past are eternal; untouchable.

-Inability to wait; ask, be silent-listen-hear, then obey.

-Unwillingness to be coached by the Holy Spirit.

-Flying solo; my plan, my way.

-Relying on successful leaders/models while not making oneself accountable to a community (cohort group, leadership team, church wide prayer and deliberation).

-Better at listing (petitions) than listening (perceiving by the Spirit God’s Word and will).

The highlighted item above was Brought to my attention.  It has always been taught to me that a Christian cannot be a "Lone Ranger."  Is this a "church teaching" that must be overcome to be a Re-imaginer?  And if one becomes such a "solo-flyer," isn't God his Co-pilot?

 

Remember ...

Even the Lone Ranger had a trusted partner in Tonto ... and he often teamed up with local groups of of citizens who were 

devoted to doing good,

Phil



Richard H. Skiba, Jr. said:

  It has always been taught to me that a Christian cannot be a "Lone Ranger."  Is this a "church teaching" that must be overcome to be a Re-imaginer?  And if one becomes such a "solo-flyer," isn't God his Co-pilot?

 

Amen! to listening that if Scripture-fed and Spirit led!

Phil

Curator/Coordinator

I understand Ke-mo sah-re-imaginer.

Praise God for all the emerging re-imaginers who are devoted to doing His Good,

 

Network Creator / Coordinator said:

Remember ...

Even the Lone Ranger had a trusted partner in Tonto ... and he often teamed up with local groups of of citizens who were 

devoted to doing good,

Phil



Richard H. Skiba, Jr. said:

  It has always been taught to me that a Christian cannot be a "Lone Ranger."  Is this a "church teaching" that must be overcome to be a Re-imaginer?  And if one becomes such a "solo-flyer," isn't God his Co-pilot?

 

I think the "Lone Ranger" idea is the results of incomplete concept of evangelism that only emphasizes the a profession of faith as the goal and not the spiritual birth of a new creature. It is not so much overcoming the idea that the "gospel" is a transaction that allows to escape hell because by our profession of faith we get credit for Jesus' sacrifice. Such an understanding means a person can be saved and never become a part of the body of Christ because all that is involved to an agreement between him or her and God. That interpretation is a product of modern evangelism and is not the full gospel proclaimed by Jesus recorded in the four gospels. 



Richard H. Skiba, Jr. said:

I understand Ke-mo sah-re-imaginer.

Praise God for all the emerging re-imaginers who are devoted to doing His Good,

 

Network Creator / Coordinator said:

Remember ...

Even the Lone Ranger had a trusted partner in Tonto ... and he often teamed up with local groups of of citizens who were 

devoted to doing good,

Phil



Richard H. Skiba, Jr. said:

  It has always been taught to me that a Christian cannot be a "Lone Ranger."  Is this a "church teaching" that must be overcome to be a Re-imaginer?  And if one becomes such a "solo-flyer," isn't God his Co-pilot?

 

Clearly Gary E. Blackwell is a Re-imaginer.    He recognizes that some of modern Evangelism is all about obtaining professions for Christ.  In the same way, some of the building of bricks and mortar congregations is all about putting “fannies” in the pews.  Thus, when the hearts of those new “professors” and new “members” do not change, the Gospel is not fulfilled.

 

A question I have frequently heard in modern Christianity is, “How many people have you brought to Christ?”  Anyone who states a number greater than zero needs to confess false testimony (John 15:16).

 

As to “flying solo" or being a “Lone Ranger,” that only means that when one becomes a Re-imaginer of Christianity, one may not initially be embraced by fellow Christian leaders.  This is apparently necessary.  It seems to emulate the example of the GREATEST LEADER of Christianity.

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