Growing Future Church Catalysts

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If we agree that American culture is characterized by superficiality, and that American evangelicalism often mirrors culture in that regard; if we agree that a renaissance of faith and culture requires a deeper faith of the kind that enriches culture; if we agree that the church is the body of Christ and should play a significant role in the renewal of faith and through people of faith, the culture then we need also to examine some important considerations for how we mentor next generation disciples called to servant-leadership.

We should be attentive to:

1) Spiritual formation and classic spiritual disciplines because only their practice will produce deeper faith.

2) Biblical and Cultural exegesis because the ability to observe and understand faith AND culture will enable us to be effective in contributing to the enrichment of the faith community and culture.

3) Cross Cultural Communication because today all communication is cross-cultural and “homiletics” that does not take this seriously will equip communicators for the wrong century. Technology has created networks and distributed information in such a way that “ideological homogenous units” are connected globally and the typical local church is a gathering of widely varied “interest” groups sharing geography in common but often little else.

4) Ecclesiology because only in discovering and retaining the essential nature and core practices of the church will we properly adapt to current times and local cultures. Among today’s central questions are: how do we achieve holistic worship (not picking and choosing a liturgical, propositional or experiential church, but blending all three); how do people from dysfunctional homes, churches and local communities become healthy participants in community, and then facilitate genuine community in the church? How do we recover the benefits and mutuality of intergenerational community and mentoring? How do we recover the organic nature of the church, which has largely been displaced by organizational models?

5) Interdisciplinary/Integrative learning because in an era of academic silo-ing and specialization we hit redemptive pay dirt when we connect the disciplines and discover catalytic synergies.

Next generation do not lose heart. There is hope.

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

PS. And remember, “these are the best of times and the worst of times, but they are the only times we have.” (For Now).

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