Many churches are looking to become increasingly relevant to the society around them by shifting to a more organic form of church.
Here are some of the shifts toward organic:
- We're moving from being building and event focused to lifestyle and family focused. Church is no longer an event to go to or a building to assemble in. We may meet together, but church is more like a family. You don't go to family; you are family. It's based on relationship and lifestyle.
- Church is missional rather than attractional. We're looking to make disciples rather than converts.
- We no longer need specially trained people to do all the work of ministry. Ordinary people are fully equipped to minister. The clergy/laity distinction is becoming less and less relevant.
- Churches are expected to multiply out–to reproduce–rather than getting larger.
- Jesus is head of his church and ordinary people can be trusted to hear the Holy Spirit.
- Our times together are becoming simpler and therefore reproducible. Everyone participates in what goes on.
- Leadership is servanthood.
What others can you think of?