When I read this, it resonated with me, but the more I read, the more the 5 signs seemed superficial to me. (OK, I know that my inner analyst says that about everything) – but Thom faithfully talks about symptoms that indicate declining health of a church. This is what you see. I would like to see a companion post about 5 signs that a church is recovering. I may post about this in the future.
Wow – I had no idea – how pervasive this was, or how much of a problem it could cause (see I really am just a lay person). Interesting – while Ed is just happy to let them move on, my heart went straight to why does this issue get in their way. I have been at a church where issue christians raised a stink about various things, (a whole chunk left the church over home schooling) but I had no idea of the magnitude of the phenomenon. What can a church do, when it’s members become “issue-ish”, and what can we do to prevent this, or to help issue christians regain some “balance”.
I have always thought that it was simply a case of “majoring” on the “minors’ – meaning taking one’s focus off of the core responsibilities of church and of mission, and micro-focusing on some peripheral aspect of it.
Interesting thoughts about how we talk. How we talk to God, to each other, about our faith, our needs, our selves – apparently is an indicator for our maturity. Scholarly ideas with some pragmatic applications.
Linking change into our spiritual development and our desire to fulfill God’s purpose. Can we be missional and resistant to change? When a church is resistant to change, what does that mean? See the first link above….