so: future church?
October 6, 2008
I was doing coffee with Nelus Niemandt, lecturer in the department of Missiology at the University of Pretoria, and author of Nuwe Drome vir Nuwe Werklikhede today. We had a real good chat, I differed with him regarding some of his articles, but got real respect when I saw that this guy is actually OK with it if you differ from him! And in the end found that we might understand each other better than I thought…
Anyhow, he asked me what I think is going to be the important things for the church of the future, and after thinking hard I answered with this:
- Community. The church of the future will in radical ways discover what community mean. How to care for each other (not how pastors are supposed to care for there flock).
- Theology. The church of the future will have a robust theology. This has nothing to do with the conclusions this theology find. But it will be a well thought-out theology. But more than this, it would be a theology that was found in community, that was tested in community, and found to have meaning for life, especially for life in times of crisis.
- Relationships rather than training. People will open themselves up to influences because of the relation they have with the other, not because of the denomination the other come from.
So, this was what I could think of on my feet. What would you add or change?