Once again, I am inspired by a post from my friend Alan.  He is an organic church guy and, as always, examines the way things are done with a healthy criticism.  He writes:

I’m concerned that we have replaced dependence on the work of God through the Holy Spirit with training, planning, marketing, leadership skills, etc. I’m concerned that some leaders (some, not all) have built something that depends on them and their team, such that, if they left, what they built would crumble.

I think Alan is right and here was my response to him:

I think you are right. What is important for folks to realize though is that the problem is NOT the “institutional” church. The solution is NOT, simple church, house churches, or any other movement.

What I find troubling is that so many of our solutions depend upon us taking control and running things “our” way… or quite frankly running things the “NT” way (which is code for, I am more right therefore my church will be more successful). The problem is, as you point out, our lack of reliance upon the Holy Spirit, and the solution is learning to trust the power of the Spirit over the power of our mind, strength, training, models, etc…

Personally, I am humbled by the thought of it and overwhelmed to think of how much maturing I have yet to do…

Look past your labels… what are you growing?

Dr. J.R. Miller is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. Outside work, he is a church planter. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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