On another note: I heard this today and could not stop thinking about the possible implications- http://www.vergenetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Propaganda-Live-Audio-with-Beats.mp3 .
"The culture is us. It’s you. You’re a participant. How could you possibly be the solution.”
This has been my biggest struggle over the journey of church planting. I didn't have to grow to love my location. I've loved Maryland all my life. My biggest journey is this: what do we have to offer ANYBODY - (them, us, rich, poor, black or white). It's not that I don't know my giftedness; this feeling isn't some exercise in false humility. Simply put, the journey to church planting has been an opportunity to pull the curtain back from the daily "churchy" life we were living and ask ourselves: "what impact are we really making?" Are we busy shuffling another group of Christians from one church to the next - trying to create the best show of preaching that "feeds" the loudest group of people on the communication card? Or, are we really helping people under the gospel, exposing the fruitlessness of idolatry and the hope that is found in Jesus.
Whether it's in the context of the "safe" suburbs, or in the vastness of the "scary" city, there's a huge difference between being a church that celebrates the solution and being a church that acts like it is one. The failure of EVERY man-made institution to address the real needs of a city in dignity based ways is obvious. May our new church be not just another man made institution.