I've been ruminating on some thoughts that were initiated by a friend's question a week or so ago. This friend, a church planter who has recently been touched by the prayer movement, asked me "If you were to plant...something. What would you plant?".
This question has prompted a lot of pondering what a new way of doing church would look like. I'm not thinking a simply as style of worship. I'm not thinking as simply as the casual versus formal debate (is that still a debate? I guess maybe in some places....). I'm thinking about the structural core of a community of believers.
- What does it look like to plant something built around prayer as opposed to injected with prayer?
- What needs to change about how we do church to sustain faith in our day?
- For all the talk of an emerging church, what does scripture say is really going to emerge as history plows forward?
Recently, an opportunity came my way that I just can't pass up. After the first of the year, I'm going to be thinking these sorts of thoughts over at the Luke18Project as the chief blogologist*, writing 3 columns/posts a week on the yet-unnamed TheLuke18Project blog (insert dramatic appeal for blog names here).
The Luke18Project bills itself as a peer-to-peer network and a clearinghouse for ideas related to prayer communities. It seems like a great place to ponder what the best version of next might be. I hope to see you over there after the first of the year.
My guess is that The Luke18Project will become the place where I'll think my more serious thoughts. Don't look for too many Zion videos or Zoe pictures over there. Stuff I Think will remain, although my guess is posting will slow down some....unless, of course, I hang out with John Loux more, in which case I may just blog my life in realtime.
*Chief Blogologist is a title I just made up, and one I'm as pleased with as the Director of Small Things role that I held years back. We'll see if this one sticks.