Meditations (Web)Church

A year (and a bit) in the life of NewSpring's first Web pastor

The future for the church is now

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The church is an institution, we exercise our faith through and with the institution. And most churches have in place particular rules about who can exercise what and when. In a sense the church mediates the believers relationship with God and moderates the believers practice. This sees authority held and dispersed by the church, which is an important safeguard and can be a positive thing. But the fact remains that it is likely this approach will be in conflict with the expectations of the emerging generation.

Generation F Christians have little respect for such institutional practices, preferring to bypass institutions in favor of a direct, unmediated relationship with God. Their question may well be, ‘What is the point of church?’ … We need to create the opportunity for people to ‘be at church’ or part of a community at any moment in the day/week. Setting a special time on Sunday morning is artificial and limiting.

We need to re-consider our geographic mindset when it comes to church governance. The notion of us belonging to a village based church, of walking to church, bumping into the vicar at the shops and so on is for most a thing of the past. The local parish may well be replaced by more of a network of like minded people joined together by mutual google-church.jpginterest from across the world. — Mark Brown, How the Digital Revolution will affect the church.

I couldn’t agree more.

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Written by NickCharalambous

April 26, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Posted in ruminations

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  1. The church has been through an incredible transition through the last 10 years. This is from modern thinking to postmodern thinking. We still use terms like small groups, teams and committees. This terminology is history in our cultures and societies. People are now part of communities, networks and focus groups. The church needs to learn how the systems of today connect people. We as the church will find some of it very biblical.

    Alex Penduck

    April 30, 2009 at 12:15 pm

  2. I find this statement interesting… “Generation F Christians have little respect for such institutional practices, preferring to bypass institutions in favor of a direct, unmediated relationship with God. Their question may well be, ‘What is the point of church?’ …”

    I couldn’t help but think of this verse, “For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim 2.5)

    Since there actually only is one mediator between God and men, doesn’t the church actually get in the way when it attempts to fill that role? If that’s what “Generation F Christians” see as the role of the church, then sure, they might well ask, “What’s the point of church?” After all, they can go directly to Jesus. But that’s not the role of church is it? We’re not mediators, we’re family, and members of one another. Pretty much everyone gets the need for family! Maybe the problem is that too many Christians see the church as an institution, and that’s why they have no qualms leaving it. We need to make things more personal, not less so. While the whole cyberchurch thing is well and good, and we can certainly fellowship here in the Lord… as long as we inhabit bodies, contact with people will be important. I wanna be able to walk into a room, and see and hear and get a hug from my brothers and sisters in Christ. (I lived away from my family for many years as I traveled, and while it was great to talk on the phone, nothing beats seeing them in person!) As far as the worldwide “mutual google church” Mark Brown mentions, I can’t help but notice that scripture talks about the church meeting in homes, and mentions localities in Revelation. The notion he seems to present that these things are part of the past and outdated is simply not true; they are needed more then ever!

    Mike Helms

    May 7, 2009 at 12:47 pm


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