Church lifecycles

This post is from the defunct blog "Dying Church"

Some good information at Signposts, including this:
It [the model presented] seems to be able to encompass the idea that all models of Church are suitable and applicable for different contexts. So much of the talk in the emerging Church scene is often centerered around the evils of the christendom model. It changes things when we can say: God has, and God is working with all of his people, through all different forms.
The whole post is worth reading.

"Jesus himself would have no place in our all-too-respectable churches"

This post is from the defunct blog "Dying Church"

Found through Connexion:
Our churches, like secular associations, are concerned with fund-raising, beautiful buildings, large numbers, comforting sermons from highly qualified preachers, while they display indifference to the poor, and to the pariahs in society - drunks, whores, homosexuals, the poor, the insane, and the lonely. Jesus himself would have no place in our all-too-respectable churches, for he did not come to help the righteous but to bring sinners to repentance. Our churches are not equipped to do that sort of thing. (John White)