I’ve been thinking a bit about how much I re-enforce church as it is and how much I bring a new culture.
In lots of ways I’m sure I do quite a bit of re-enforcing. When I go somewhere new to lead worship I tend to ask them what they usually do and probably don’t stray too far from that. I do that consciously because I know that I’m not going to be there with that community to catch any fall-out or to discuss the differences. I’m also aware how much people struggle with change and for many congregations too much change all at once on a Sunday morning would be counter productive.
It’s also easier for me. I know where I am and what I’m doing. I know what comes next and I get to be a little creative when writing a sermon.
A big part of me worries about that. Am I supporting the status quo by doing this? I could justify it as building trusting relationships with communities so that I can then challenge them but is there time for that?
The other part of me is culture carrying. I’m 35. I’m still in and around the church. That in itself if counter cultural for the church. There ain’t many of us about!
My job is to support and develop children’s and youth work. There are some hugely encouraging things happening. People are talking about new forms of church, using technology and being creative. They want me to be part of that.
So how do you do it? How do you carry a new culture effectively? Is it possible or is it a case of just starting something entirely new?
I worry that by involving young people in the existing structures we create fodder for the pews and the committees, but then if we don’t involve new people in these places change will be even slower to come.