Passing the Torch
I was sitting with my 5 year-old daughter Mae the other day. And I thought I’d ask her the question weighing on my mind. I asked her “Mae-Mae, where is the Church going?” She paused a moment and responded “Disneyland!”
Out of the mouth of babes…
Maybe we aren’t going to Disneyland—which is unfortunate because I love Disneyland—but our Church culture is heading somewhere.
The passing of the torch from the Baby Boomer generation to the Gen-X/Millennial generations has brought up a lot of questions about the future of the Church. Will we have contemporary or traditional services? Conservative or liberal theology? Are online campuses still working or is our society starved for personal interaction?
All of this hit home for me this year. Our Lead Pastor who started our church 35 years ago, passed the torch to a younger leader this year. It was a beautiful and healthy transition, but it wasn’t easy to shift a culture that had been going a certain direction for so many years.
The Right Question
My church isn’t alone. Every day, churches all over the world are transitioning to younger leadership.
In the wake, many people are asking, “Where is the church going?”
But what if we’re asking the wrong question? Maybe the real question is: where has the church been going since the beginning?
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
Our mission has always been to “go.” Make disciples of young people and old people. People at home and people in far off cultures. Poor people and rich people.
We’re a Church going to the lost and broken parts of this world. And the Church has been going to the lost and hurting for over 2,000 years.
We’re a Church going to raise up disciples of Jesus. And we’ve been raising up disciples for over 2,000 years.
Often we get so tunnel-visioned on the places we need to improve on in the western church that we forget one crucial thing: we serve a God that is wild and untamable, and he is the engine behind where the church is going.
Sure we play a part. We are called Jesus’ co-laborers so, yes we can affect the trajectory of our sphere of influence or our local church.
We can’t forget who is the head of The Church.
The Head of The Church
Jesus leads the most vast, dynamic, diverse and beautiful movement in history. It’s in nearly every corner of the world and has made an incalculable impact throughout history.
And he isn’t done yet.
Jesus is taking us somewhere as our leader. He isn’t affected by politics or pop-culture. He’s not swayed by the latest philosophy or trend. He is taking us to where he has always been taking us. To every dark and despairing corner of this world to shine the light and hope of his gospel.
Where is the church going? To wherever the world needs Jesus most.