What can we do to create a community that’s honest about its ecclesiology?

Over at Outside is Better, Chad Brooks is calling us to tell the truth about ecclesiology in the local church.  He opens with three Ally Bank commercials that expose the ridiculous and unfair bait-and-switch practices of banking, and then segues into a discussion of our too often bait-and-switch ecclesiology.  He finishes the post with four suggested practices:

  • Build churches of care-giving.
  • Define moral boundaries in order to define holiness.
  • Build a worshiping community that is focused on God and his actions, instead of humans and our emotions.
  • Be honest about what your church offers.

Read (and discuss) the entire post at Outside is Better.

Running his suggestions through a bit of functional ecclesiology: What might leaders and members do to create a community in which these sorts of spiritual practices are common and expected?  Here are three suggestions:

  • Leaders–whether formal or informal–must model the expected practices.  It is not enough to teach and preach them.
  • Leaders must provide and members must seek out training that equips and conditions mind, emotions, and desires, so that all may become the sorts of persons who practice these as a matter of course.  This includes teaching our identity as a connected community in Christ, the transforming power of correct knowledge of God, and the fact of the speech-and-action tainting baggage that we all carry.
  • Leaders must provide and members must seek out training in the skills needed to create a web of care that expects shared responsibility, decreasing focus on self, increasing focus on God, and a realistic representation of the Body–both its strengths and its weaknesses.

What have you to add?

About Laura

My name is Laura and I am on a journey, pondering the implications of God's glorious design of humanity and integrating every aspects of this design into a description of whole life health.
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2 Responses to What can we do to create a community that’s honest about its ecclesiology?

  1. Joe Miller says:

    Hi, nice to have you comment on my site today.

    This is a good post, and it looks like you have many good ones. I will have to stick around and see what comes up next 🙂

  2. Laura says:


    Thanks for stopping by to say hello.

    As you discussed in your post on Driscoll, it is critical that we understand who we actually are–and that understanding cannot be based on function alone (btw, having read a bit of Driscoll, I do think he has a deeper understanding…though the details escape me at the moment). Too many leaders and members either have no idea of or have not thought through their understanding of church. We must keep raising the issue.

    I look forward to continued conversation.

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