Growing Disillusionment


Growing Disillusionment

Over the past couple of months I’ve noticed a lot of dissatisfaction with church among a wide variety of people in my social circle. Even those involved in full-time ministry are questioning the validity of how church is done. In the past my cynical musings about church raised eyebrows and sometimes concern. Now, more than ever, people quietly share with me their misgivings about church. They are still too reserved to be as open as I am but some are much more disillusioned than I am. I’ve been surprised because I once felt like a radical but compared to some I’m moderate.

  1. #1 by Neil Halbisen on January 24, 2003 - 8:59 pm

    I’m too busy battleling brothers,and sisters to battle the enemy.
    To have brothers,and sisters who are so turned on to the Lord in prayer and fellowship is my greatest prayer. I’m very disillusioned.

  2. #2 by Brendan McNeill on February 6, 2003 - 3:51 pm

    Take heart, disillusionment is the precursor to change.

    After almost 30 years in the institutional church in the Baptist and Penticostal streams in New Zealand, the Lord has lead a few of us to start a house church. The emphasis is upon ‘being the church’ rather than just ‘doing church’.

    It represents a radical departure from the modern CEO style of ‘ministry’ that we have come to experience in recent decades, with performance worship, and program driven ‘services’.

    What is needed is a new wineskin. I have come to the conclusion that any attempt to bring the type of reformation that’s needed to the existing structure is all but impossible. Besides, if you attempt to dismatel a structure from the bottom, it generally tends to fall on you. :-)

    Books on House Church by Wolfgang Simson (Houses that Change the World) and others have been helpful.

    God bless you on your journey.

    Best regards,
    Brendan

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