“For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light.” Luke 16.8
I am the pastor of a new(ish) small church in a mid-sized North American city (Edmonton, AB, Canada if you care to know). Slowly but surely, by the grace of God, we are a growing church, and we are in the midst of discussions regarding what shape our church should take as we move forward. We are not of one mind in this. I don’t have a firm conviction regarding what sort of church we should be, beyond hoping that we will be a church which does churchy type things more or less in a manner like all churches have done churchy type things down through the centuries. I hope we will have a broad demographic which comes together to obey Jesus in baptising and remembering his death through the Holy Communion. I hope we will pray and love the Lord and one another. I hope we will be ruled by the Word of God incarnate and risen, as well as the Word of God written. I hope we’ll sing songs (with enthusiasm if not technical excellent). We’ll try, by the grace of God, to be salt and light in our city and share the Good News with others as the Lord leads. Perhaps a more specific ‘vision’ will form in my mind, but I don’t regard myself as much of a ‘vision caster’ (and find that lingo ridiculous anyway).