Tom Mepham is a first-year ministry intern with KCML and a co-leader of Student Soul, a young adult congregation in Dunedin.
The PCANZ is a good tribe to be a part of. The thought life is strong and capable. Rich history. Great people. And so on.
However, the question on my mind is: will the PCANZ sink, or soar?
And at what point do we deploy the lifeboats: have we missed that opportunity yet?
I sometimes wonder if a major and genuine crises would be a good outcome for us. Something urgent to wake us up, rather than the slow creep of dusk settling in.
I believe in a church that is powered by the Spirit of the living God, free like the wind; adaptable, wild, bubbling with energy, vibrant with hope. That’s not the PCANZ I see now, but I don’t mind speaking on our behalf to say “we want this.”
Here are five non-recommendations to stir urgency:
1. If you want young people, don’t invite them into your game. Hand over the keys and offer to join theirs.
2. If you want new life and don’t know where to look, ask: What are we most unwilling and unable to give up? Resurrection comes after crucifixion.
3. Sunday worship services in practice are the power center of your congregation. Who are you called to give power away to?
4. I won’t even start on our buildings.
5. In practice we don’t embrace the concept of a priesthood of believers, just look at how tightly controlled the sacraments are. At least the Word is free…
There you go, just some light-hearted musings! I’m not sure what the future holds, but I am pretty confident that it’s important for us to lose some baggage and travel a bit lighter on our feet. Can we? Time will tell…