Archbishop at FX changing the landscape day.
I'm at the FX day conference that looks at the future of FX. The Archbishop has just spoken, and hre are my rambled notes if you're interested.
Overarching theme – Moving into the space that is opened up
that it is not about capturing a new market for a product; not about membership
but about transformation:
the preserve of the established church.
Church is fundamentally what happens when JC is around. Church is a verb before a noun – ecclesial: a
Church is what emerges under the presence of Jesus’
presence. The church is an
eco-chamber for the divine word.
Resounds in us from our inner being – Christ needs to be audible and
Point is not to treasure a memory or rever a personality
it is to be changed by the spirit.
Church has often succumbed to the temptation to a memory of the late
great Jesus of Nazareth.
painfully push their way into you heart.
Both for individuals and groups.
FX is not a quick fix.
It takes time. Some
initiatives are short term – that’s okay, perhaps they’ve done what God wants
them to do.
done the job that God asked them to do.
Messages to churches and their leadership – This will take
the time it takes don’t rush it.
Don’t force it – it takes time.
Terrible curse of an imposed rhythm of time. Not a good model. Has to be a patience and respect that
allows God’s work to unfold in a way that’s right.
Beware of messianic fantasies – we’ve got it and they
Beware of forces that require us to rush. Find ways together (inherited and
emeregent) to grow together. This
respect involves leadership not washing their hands or over managerment.
Sheer variety of timescales and outcomes. We hope that we learn the patience
needed. Flexibility and the light touch vital – or a willingness to be gladly
surprised by what God get’s up to in church.
One of the failing has been an unwillingness to think about
the time that it takes to be
Christian. What di we need
to do to keep on challenging us to be more rooted. What do we need to put out roots down more firmly.
learner. Learn for the one who is
The process of growing requires us knowing the stories that
we want to share. In the last 10
or 15 years are finding that stories from the old mainstream are coming alive
in new ways. John Morgan Cron –
Following Francis. Gradual
discovery of St Francis.
Transcendence – Real encounter with the holy
Community – real mutuality of being responsible for each
Beauty – Clearly apart of manifesting something of God’s
Dignity – Passionate commitment to revere the human face and
Meaning – individual life is held in meaning.
1: Entertainment – what people want is to entertained. Give them a God that distracts them,
rather than be left naked before God.
The gospel message takes a life time to solve problems, we do not do
that. Paul when converted, his
problems were just beginning.
3: Fit God around the edges rather than letting God shape
you from the inside out. God
renews us from the heart not the edges.
If we want the church to grow we need to be testing for
these things. Keep ourselves
honest to the measure that we began with – the measure of the fullness of