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Presbyterian Pastor on Making the Missional Shift Without Blowing Things Up

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I wonder if by "theology" he actually means doctrine? If so, that would be one of my concerns with the missional church too. Without the teaching and hard soul work of wrestling with theology and/or doctrine, I'm not convinced that the missional movements I see at some churches are healthy or sustainable. 

My big concern is what happens to people who are fed a message of acceptance when they are being wooed by the church, and then choked to death by doctrines (or "rules") they were never told about or taught.

I've heard the missional message(s) at my own church loud and clear. The pastor clearly sees his role, and the roles of his hired hands, very differently than what people expect. He has made it clear that his job is to equip and the people's job is to shepherd...until something goes wrong.

So, someone who came into church fellowship during a healthy, peaceful season of their life is has no idea that if theye find themselves in a season of upheaval and trouble their help will not come from the pastoral staff. Furthermore, they are likely to find that there is a system of "rules" in place that were kept well out of view during better times.

In this way, someone going through maritalor relationship problems and will not find guidance, help, or comfort from a pastor...unless it so happens that the person is a member of the pastor's small group. Instead, the person will be shuffled about through the secret bowels of the church system, which operates in such a way as to keep the offending person out of sight from the rest of the flock. No questioning of the system is allowed. Those who question or object are either written off, shunned, or allowed to go away angry. There is no system for healing, reconciliation, or restoration apart from the troubled person quietly accepting the prescribed confinement.

I hear this pathology more and more often and mostly from women. What this tells me is that the traditional church, which the missional movement throws into question, has simply moved underground. The same old misogyny is in play, but it's tucked away.

The notion of small groups and people doing life together in an Acts 29 fashion is excellent and much needed, but the pastor shouldn't get a free pass and only enjoy the projects, planning, and planting. If the model of love, forgivemess,grace, protection, discipline, and reconciliation is not practiced, demonstrated, and wrestled with at the pastoral level then small groups are very likely to become places where as much misguiding, trouble, and hurt grow up as Christian love. You can't "do life together" if you aren't in it for the messy parts as well as the pretty parts...and pastor should be the first one into the fray. If he can't handle being in the fray with 2000+ people then chances are he ought to change his title to CEO, or find himself a smaller church. He ought not to be orchestrating relationships between church staff and the congregation like a puppetmaster. If he is not loveable and accessible in times of trouble, then I don't know what makes him qualified to equip others for that work.

And if doctrine/theology is something that only gets pureed into some kind of pablem for the congregation, but used as a secret tool for dealing with difficult people then I don't see how the reformed, missional church can be seen as much better or different from the Catholic church of old where the people were kept illiterate and in need of intermediaries to receive grace.

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Fallen Journalist James Foley Wrote on the Power of Prayer

Fallen Journalist James Foley Wrote on the Power of Prayer | Christianity Ramblings | Scoop.it
MRC president Brent Bozell sent us an article today and insisted
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I Thought I Knew How Christians Should Act Toward Hollywood, Until I Read This ...

I Thought I Knew How Christians Should Act Toward Hollywood, Until I Read This ... | Christianity Ramblings | Scoop.it
Many movies being released this year have positive, overtly biblical and often evangelical content. So why are they drawing so much criticism? Movieguide discusses.
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Calvin L Mockbee's curator insight, September 27, 2014 9:49 AM
Psalm 145:8The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.
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Seven Reasons Very Active Church Members Drop Out

An article worth the read as you consider the importance of redeeming your church conflicts: Seven Reasons Very Active Church Members Drop Out
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This article ends pretty abruptly, but take a peek and see what you think.

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Christian Sightseeing in Rome - Spiritual Bridge

Christian Sightseeing in Rome - Spiritual Bridge | Christianity Ramblings | Scoop.it
Spiritual Bridge is a blog about life, relationships and everyday issues from a Christian perspective. Our christian articles deal with everyday issues ranging from advice for marriage & divorce to parenting, religion, how to save money and spiritual gifts.
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First-grader told to stop talking about Bible

First-grader told to stop talking about Bible | Christianity Ramblings | Scoop.it
The parents of a six-year-old girl said their daughter was humiliated when a teacher interrupted the child’s one-minute speech and told her to sit down because she’s “not allowed to talk about the Bible in school,” attorneys for the California...
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I would be deeply disturbed by this situation even if the situation was a Jewish child sharing from the Talmud, or a Muslim child sharing something from the Koran. How awful.

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50 'Hand-Picked' Christians Trained To Convince Churches To Re-Interpret Scripture's Gay Boundaries

50 'Hand-Picked' Christians Trained To Convince Churches To Re-Interpret Scripture's Gay Boundaries | Christianity Ramblings | Scoop.it
Many Christians think they cannot believe in the full authority and inspiration of the Bible and at the same time support same-sex relationships, says Matthew Vines, though he hopes to convince the...
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This is going to get very interesting if it takes off. Thoughts? I just don't see how this argument could possibly fly among scholars, but I've seen stranger and the enemy will stop at nothing to bring down the church so...we shall see.

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Wisdom for the Heart

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Wisdom For The Heart is an international Bible-teaching ministry based on the sermons of Dr. Stephen Davey, founding pastor of Colonial Baptist Church in Cary, North Carolina.
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When Choirs Sing, Many Hearts Beat As One : NPR

When Choirs Sing, Many Hearts Beat As One : NPR | Christianity Ramblings | Scoop.it
When members of a choir sing, their heart rates quickly become synchronized, beating in the same rhythm. Researchers think this may be why singing together is a key part of religious rituals around the world, and such a joy for the singers.
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Leadership the lady’s way

Leadership the lady’s way | Christianity Ramblings | Scoop.it
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Interesting read. I never trust anything that hints at "all women..." but I think there's room in this article for women who don't fit a mold. At least I hope so...

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Christian colleges and churches “shaken” by pagan craze | Stand Up for the Truth

Christian colleges and churches “shaken” by pagan craze | Stand Up for the Truth | Christianity Ramblings | Scoop.it
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pretty sad

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Dropping Your Guard: The Value of Open Relationships - Insight for Living Broadcast

Dropping Your Guard: The Value of Open Relationships - Insight for Living Broadcast | Christianity Ramblings | Scoop.it
E-mail. Internet. Video. Texting. Tablets. Smartphones. The list never ends, does it? As technology advances, real human connection becomes harder and harder.
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I Quit Liking Things On Facebook for Two Weeks. Here’s How It Changed My View of Humanity

I Quit Liking Things On Facebook for Two Weeks. Here’s How It Changed My View of Humanity | Christianity Ramblings | Scoop.it
a hopeful look at what happens when you quit the Like
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Giving Thanks Daily: Forgiveness - Deeply Thoughtful by Anne Bosworth

Giving Thanks Daily: Forgiveness - Deeply Thoughtful by Anne Bosworth | Christianity Ramblings | Scoop.it
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Understanding the Fruit of the Spirit

Understanding the Fruit of the Spirit | Christianity Ramblings | Scoop.it
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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

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WORLD | Sign or face the consequences | Warren Cole Smith | March 7, 2014

WORLD | Sign or face the consequences | Warren Cole Smith | March 7, 2014 | Christianity Ramblings | Scoop.it

I'm not RELIGION | Mars Hill and Elevation are among a small minority of churches that require staff and volunteers to sign non-disclosure agreements

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I'm not the least bit surprised, and have a few sneaking suspicions…very interesting...

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a review of Why Church Buildings Matter: The Story of Your Space

a review of Why Church Buildings Matter: The Story of Your Space | Christianity Ramblings | Scoop.it
Why Church Buildings Matter: The Story of Your Space by Tim Cool is on Dan’s read shelf.
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The Ham-Nye Creation Debate: A Huge Missed Opportunity

The Ham-Nye Creation Debate: A Huge Missed Opportunity | Christianity Ramblings | Scoop.it
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.
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It’s Time to Reboot Christian Television

It’s Time to Reboot Christian Television | Christianity Ramblings | Scoop.it
With the passing of Paul Crouch Sr., there's a changing of the guard in religious broadcasting.
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Order Today to Receive 12 FREE Complimentary Videos

Order Today to Receive 12 FREE Complimentary Videos | Christianity Ramblings | Scoop.it
What I Wish My Mother Had Told Me about Men will arrive in bookstores, October 15, 2013. But, you can Order Today to Receive 12 FREE Complimentary Videos!
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Check out the latest from my friend, Julie Gorman! If you order her book, What I Wish My Mother Had Told Me About Men today, you will receive 12 complimentary videos to accompany the book. Cool stuff!

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Trayvon Martin: Pot Smoking Gives Munchies and Makes Paranoid

http://www.atlah.org The Pulpit of Power Trayvon Martin had the munchies and was paranoid before he was shot by George Zimmerman. Recorded on 13 July 2013 "A...
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Modern Hymn Writers Aim To Take Back Sunday : NPR

Modern Hymn Writers Aim To Take Back Sunday : NPR | Christianity Ramblings | Scoop.it
In recent decades, worship music has trended away from the classic "organ backed" hymns, and churches have moved to rocking praise songs made popular by Christian radio. Now, some modern hymn writers are looking back to a more traditional style.
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Yay!!!

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Personal Promises

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A MONTH OF PERSONALIZED SCRIPTURE PROMISES. Each Scripture promise is beautifully mounted on elegant card stock. This is a personal gift that will be forever treasured as it offers encouragement day...
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10 Sacred Cows in the SBC that Need to be Tipped

10 Sacred Cows in the SBC that Need to be Tipped | Christianity Ramblings | Scoop.it
There’s an emphasis in our culture on being tolerant of other individuals and their ideas. This mentality has infiltrated the church as well. Various interpretations of Scripture are tolerated, oft...
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