Not Contemporary but Revolutionary

Five Stages of Innovation (from Mark Beeson)
1. People deny innovation is required.
2. People deny innovation is effective.
3. People deny innovation is important.
4. People deny innovation will justify the effort required to adopt it.
5. People accept and adopt the innovation, enjoy its benefits, attribute it to people other than the innovator, and deny the existence of stages 1-4.

To a roomful of pastors and church leaders: “If you don’t tweet, text, or blog – you might think about quitting and getting a different job. Cause that’s the world we are in.”

“Contemporary doesn’t equal revolutionary. Revolutionary change is what’s needed for churches to survive and thrive.”
-Review of “Pop Goes the Church” by Tim Stevens

I’ve been having some very interesting conversations around the message I gave at All College Church. Many people have been interested in the stats of young adults as pastors (under 35) coming up in the United Methodist church and other denominations as well (See “The Crisis of Younger Clergy” by Weems & Michel). The UMC currently has 17,000 or so active pastors with around 900 under 35 coming up to replace them. Clearly, we are going to have a crisis of leadership before too long.

I do pray often that the church will be bold, courageous, and radical enough to make the transitions necessary to keep the UMC vital, relevant and alive to bring people to Jesus Christ. As I travel with college students around the Dakotas, I see churches that are dying and irrelevant to the issues that people deal with day-in and day-out. We have the Hope of the world but have lost the ability to tell and to show the world what the Hope is. We need more than contemporary worship but revolutionary United Methodists to bring us back from the brink.

I pray I can be a part of the revolution. That is why I stay.


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