In the middle of reading a really good book entitled Total Church.
What makes the book really interesting is that the authors are advocating for church models that combine a holistic, house church, community centered understanding of church, with strong theology. Up to this point, house church and strong theology have gone together like an NFL wide receiver and humility. Here is a quote from this book that pricked my conscience and has me thinking.
I was talking with a prominent evangelical church leader and asked him why more people are not open to a household model of church or to community groups meeting in homes. The church leader was candid in his reply: ‘ Because people like me come from professional backgrounds, and we want churches that reflect our backgrounds. I don’t want to be opening my home to people. I don’t want to get involved in people’s lives. I don’t want needy people in my church. Before people like me went into Christian ministry, we were lawyers, doctors, businessmen. And when we get involved in ministry we bring those values with us. We want to lead growing churches with professional people, church administrators, healthy budgets. We want church to be a well-run organization with polished presentations'”
Now I doubt many church leaders and pastors would be this forward in saying something like this, but the attitude is quite pervasive in many places. It makes me wonder if we are really ready to count the cost that comes with being a messenger of the Gospel in our culture.