More and more I read of authentic Christian community; authentic mission. I feel encouraged that a refreshing diversity is burgeoning; that there is room for the disenfranchised post-evangelical; that there is an alternative to stifling institutionalisation; that there are attempts at being real to today’s culture; that creativity is increasing; that worship is more EPIC (check out Len Sweet).
But – despite the stimulating dialogue; despite the stimulating resources and despite the stimulating community that it presents. It has to offer more than I am reading to scratch where I’m itching. Authentic mission and community is more than being really good friends who do lunch in a pub as an expression of church; Authentic mission and community is more than being liquid in church expression rather than solid; Authentic mission and community is more than alternative worship.