I just LOVE this post by Lou. It really grabbed me. Here’s someone with a heart for really big things for God and is disappointed in the emerging church for not showing her the goods. I just love it . ..
Lou: “The real problem I see in emerging church is that it doesn’t excite me.
“I unashamedly admit I am a thrill seeker because what gives me the greatest thrill of all is to see God moving and speaking to his people. What i see in emerging church is the best laid plans of men, but not necessarily of God. I see some very well thought out arguments, some interesting practices and some innovative worship and mission, however, I do have the sense that there’s something missing.
”Everyone i’ve met who’s involved with an emerging church is earnest, sincere and motivated to see God’s kingdom grow and that’s fantastic. I wish them all the best of luck and think they’re doing a good job, but that it’s not going to change the world – or even the church!
“There are some things happening on the fringes of church that do excite me, that do give me that thrill of knowing that God is alive and here and working and will be transforming people in major ways, trandsforming whole societies and cultures as he moves. He’s not moving just yet but soon he will be, and when he does, and the world is a different place, those early pioneers from emerging churches will be in a brilliant place from which to recognise him and help him, but that might mean that they have to leave their lifeboats behind. If there comes a day when there are big shiny new ships zooming through the oceans, ships that God has built, will the emerging leaders be willing to leave their lifeboats and take on bigger responsibilities? Lou