Friday, June 19, 2009

What Is Church?

It's been sometime since my last update. I normally try to update at least once a week but I couldn't help it as ministry in church is starting to pick up. It's not so much "doing" now, but a lot of reflecting, how ironic.

One of those main things messing with my mind and contributing to some amount of insomnia is the question of "What is Church?" and "How do we express church?" Tried posting that question to facebook-ers but the answers were generic and nothing new. I'm not saying we need to give a new answer for the sake of giving a new answer, but how can we better do this thing we call "church"? This can't be all that the church could be. Frankly sometimes church bores me to bits. I want to do so much more, I want the church to be so much more.

I might be coming across as being disillusioned or angry at "church", but that is not true. At this point in my ministry I am considering what kind of identity I want my church to develop. Every church has a certain "identity". Mention some church names and you have a mental picture. It might be a picture of the pastor, or the picture of the building, or the picture of some of the people, or a picture of some of the ministries of the church. So what kind of image do I want to project to people when I say FGC (or Foursquare Gospel Church). I have posed the question to some of the church members as this is as much their church as it is my church. What is most important to God? What should the church value most? What should the "perfect" FGC member be like?

The answer would differ one person to another. I guess we are all throwing our answers into the pot, but as the pastor I cannot let the situation where too many chefs spoil the soup happen. What is there left to do but to turn to God in prayer and seek his will in this area. Pray with me church, that his will be done in our lives.

4 comments:

Stephen Lim said...

Read another article on "What Is Church?" at www.ironhot.blogspot.com

God Bless You
Stephen Lim

hoyden said...

i think i've had so many ideas of what church is supposed to be like that sometimes if anything out of the ordinary happens we immediately put an "X" on it. I think church is perhaps a place where you get to expect the unexpected. Not in an x-files sorta way... but maybe we shouldn't put four walls on it just yet.

The Hedonese said...

thinking abt the same as i plan to plant a church in Puchong with some friends. I found Tim Keller's insights here helpful

http://www.redeemer2.com/themovement/issues/2003/dec/advancingthegospel_1.html

Dave said...

Also this one

http://bigthink.com/timkeller/tim-keller-on-new-church-models