If the church is ineffective…let’s start over.

Blank CanvasI am not saying that this is the case for all churches but it is definitely worth a closer look. There has been a lot of discussion on the first century church lately, at least on this blog and it has really got me thinking. One of the greatest advantages they had was the fact that they were the first. No expectations, no programs, not too many traditions…just a mission and endless possibilities to fulfill it. What if we actually put ourselves in their sandals? What could the church today actually look like without any of the preconceived ideas that we take into almost every religious gathering? So let’s dream together for a moment. As we dream let’s also remember that our mission is to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ. That is, we are to reach those who have no relationship and assist in strengthening those on the journey. Are you ready?

Let’s start with Sunday mornings since that seems to be the center of all of our church activity. Let’s strip the scene bare for just a moment. Don’t back out yet, perhaps some of these things can come back in the dreaming process but for now we just want a blank canvas.

Here are some the things that no longer exist.

  • No more refreshments
  • No more ushers
  • No more band
  • No more music
  • No more overhead or videos
  • No more sound system
  • No more stage lights
  • No more preacher
  • No more sermons
  • No more announcements
  • No more corporate prayer
  • No more facility
  • No more structure
  • No more anything…just a bunch of people who want to make a difference for Jesus sake.

So there you have it. No more barriers. Now here is where your active participation in the dream is completely required in order for the dream to have life. Here is what I am asking you to do. Get as many eyes on this blog post as possible. Ask your friends and family to read this post and comment their thoughts on the questions I am about to ask. Let’s all dream together. Now on to the questions…

With everything stripped away, what is missing for us to accomplish the great commission? What would you add to position the church to impact lives with the gospel? If nothing were off limits, what would you do or implement to reach people for Christ and “be” the church?

Let’s get this conversation going…what say you?