Saturday, March 03, 2007

Saturday Night Musings

I've been thinking about the fact that I haven't consistently posted on this blog in months. Last time I saw Adrienne, she shamed me into considering my failure to keep up. Today, I discovered Bill Chaney's blog, Making Disciples in an Emerging Church. I found this post, which argued that blogging was a valuable tool for church growth. Once got me thinking.

I find myself keeping very busy 'doing' church, maintaining and repairing church structures, and trying to get to know my congregations after spending last fall when I tried to be a full-time pastor and also finish my last two seminary classes. I can't seem to find time to do a number of things I believe could begin to reach the world around me with the Gospel, because I spend a great deal of time trying to solve structural problems in church life that keep us from effectively ministering to the world around us.

We haven't made much progress, but I believe revitalization is possible. Both churches I serve can grow and can become dynamic centers of disciple-making in their communities, and I think that at least some folks in both places want their church to grow and serve their communities in new ways. I think that there are impediments to overcome, but increasingly, my personal prayer-time, my conversation with trusted colleagues, and my conversation with folks at both churches have led me to believe that any impediments that might exist to disciple-making, growth, and service can be overcome by God's grace and work in the community.

I think I'll do my part by trying to find time to blog a bit more often, and by helping envision what both of these churches might look like as we continue to grow into Christian communities that can minister in the name of Jesus to a 21st century world.

1 comment:

pastorchaney said...

Pastor David

After reading your post several people were inspired to send me some critical reflections. I believe a few points have great merit.

Blogging is not for everyone and every church. It is most effective in reaching the younger internet influenced generations.

Blogging does not make disciples. Disciples are formed through caring, sharing and mutually committed relationships where people are striving to live out their relationship with Jesus Christ in a community with other believers.

My article was not written to imply that everyone would be successful at this discipline. For me blogging is an extension of my ministry not the essence or core of ministry.

Thank you for opening the discussion.
Guided by Grace

William T Chaney Jr