the new economy: an introduction

the notion that as the church we’ve entered into a new age where paradigms are shifting and where ideals once loved are ruthlessly challenged is old hat. masked behind their books and blogs, the pundits have flogged this one to death, and personally, i’ve grown weary of the endless deconstruction without, what nt wright calls, creative reconstruction.

so as we wait for the dust to settle, i have a question: how does one practically navigate these waters? at theStory we’ve begun facing into this new reality by asking ourselves the following:

Ethos: What does it mean to create safe space for people to check God out but to also call people accountable to their commitment to follow Jesus?

Sundays: How do we continuing breeding a culture that values experiential learning and where questions & answers are of equal value?

Between Sundays: Continuing the dialogue and implicating ourselves into the life of our community. How does this happen?

$$: Where we’re at, where we’re headed and what we need to get there.

Leadership: Elders? Deacons? Other? Who?

Kids: What’s our responsibility in regards to kids? What role will they play as part of the community?

Potluck: So far so good, but now what?

a quick caveat: please don’t confuse this post for an infatuation with the new and a disdain for the old. in fact, quite the opposite is true. my motivation is not youthful dis-satisfaction or a false sense of entitlement but rather a concern for what it means to pastor and to be a disciple of Jesus in 2007.

truth be told, i’m haunted. in this new economy how do we practically live in the tension of remaining true to christian orthodoxy while at the same time persistent in re-articulating our faith for this present age?

over the next few blog posts i want to unpack some of my thoughts regarding this new economy through the following categories:

Accountability (for the church, leadership and laity)
Money (blurring the lines: ‘personal finances’, ‘the 100% tithe’, ‘the funnel’)
Rhythms (the weekly life of the church)
People (kissing efficiency goodbye)
Futuring (“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”)
Communication (rearticulating the sunday morning experience)